Daybreakers (2010)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Though it arrives during an unfortunate glut of vampire movies, Daybreakers offers enough dark sci-fi thrills -- and enough of a unique twist on the genre -- to satisfy filmgoers.


Movie Info

Fresh off the success of their inventive take on the zombie genre, Undead masterminds Michael and Peter Spierig direct Ethan Hawke in an ambitious tale of a futuristic Earth populated entirely by vampires, and the efforts made by the creatures to ensure that their food supply doesn't run out as humankind is faced with extinction. The year is 2017, and a vampire plague has turned most of the planet's human population into bloodsucking ghouls. As the population of mortals fast begins to dwindle, a … More

Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, language and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 11, 2010
Box Office: $30.0M
Runtime:
Lionsgate - Official Site

Cast


as Edward Dalton

as Lionel 'Elvis' Corma...

as Alison Bromley

as Charles Bromley

as Christopher Caruso

as Senator Turner

as Audrey Bennett

as Frankie Dalton

as Lisa Barrett

as Senator Westlake

as Al Walker

as General Williams

as Commissioner Turnbul...

as Colin Briggs

as Ellie Landon

as Joy Watkins

as Detective Cosgrove

as Forensic Investigato...

as Officer Hobbs

as Jarvis Bayom

as Businessman

as Businesswoman

as Homeless Vampire

as Police Officer

as Police Officer

as Vampire School Kid

as Vampire School Kid

as Vampire School Kid

as Vampire School Kid

as Vampire School Kid

as Weathered Human

as News Reader

as Coffee Shop Attendan...

as Subway Commuter

as Police Officer in Ca...

as Subway Commuter

as Inmate 4075B

as Lab Technician

as Vampire Subject

as Bromley's Assistant

as Subsider in Kitchen

as Coffee Buyer

as Janitor

as Onlooker

as Subsider in Garage

as Security Desk Office...

as Security Guard #1

as Young Vampire Cadet
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Critic Reviews for Daybreakers

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (30)

Daybreakers is the pinnacle of fun, modern sci-fi horror actioners.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

A slick, violent, and intensely gloomy horror/action/sci-fi hybrid that stands out in a crowded field of end-of-mankind movie scenarios.

Full Review… | September 24, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

Around here Daybreakers' clever streak runs out and the previously witty, refreshing film becomes a predictable action romp that's big on over-the-top gore but lacking in everything else.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013

That Daybreakers biggest problem is that there isn't enough of it should tell you enough: watching it provides short-term entertainment, but like those voracious bloodsuckers, it'll just leave you wanting more.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
TheShiznit.co.uk

It's pretty clear that directors The Spierig Brothers are ready to make their mark as a couple of high-end horror genre auteurs.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Movies.com

While America continues to produce interminable undead dross ... Australia can now proudly announce itself as being home to two of the best genre auteurs working today.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010
Quickflix

Audience Reviews for Daybreakers

½

I liked it just for the fact it was a completely different approach on the genre than i was use to. Coming from fairly new directors Ill give them leeway on any plot holes and or mistakes made. overall i enjoyed it.

jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

In spite of its intriguing idea and a good cinematography, this is a safe movie that never goes deep enough into the possibilities of its premise, relying on many coincidences and contrivances, and with an attempt at a "message" in the end that disappoints.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Again I must go against many bad reviews here as I quite liked this vampire tale. Some of the ideas in this film are really good, I loved how the human race has adapted to being vampires by building huge tunnel walkways under the cities (like subways) for getting about during the daylight and how cars are kitted out with daylight protection and UV alerts.

It's really quite cool and I would love my car to be like that hehe I also like the look of the vamps in this universe, simple pale faces with yellowish clear eyes that reflect light wonderfully, simple but effective and not everyone is a good looking gaunt vamp either which is more believeable. Other little bits like the death of a vampire when exposed to sunlight or struck through the heart was nice too, good explosions and ember usage although not a very original way of doing it. Much like the plot and the now overused 'world has been infected by virus leaving only a handful of resistance' story.

Things I didn't like about this film was firstly the way in which Hawke changes back to a human, I don't get how that worked, he just flashes himself to the sun for a few seconds??...huh?. Second was the casting of Dafoe and his character. Willem just didn't seem into it properly if you ask me, he wasn't given much to do and his acting was beyond normal cheese levels where as the rest weren't too bad, I stress weren't too bad, Neill being the best of course.

Lastly was the mutation of vampires into bat-like Nosferatu looking vampire creatures if they didn't get blood to feed on. I just felt that was stupid and not needed, why would they change into big bats??. Just about on par with the first 'Underworld', just.

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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