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Daybreakers Reviews

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March 4, 2018
Decent off-the beaten path vampire flick.
½ February 28, 2018
There's only really one thing I liked about it ... And it was the original story .. Everything else is okay .
3 half-stars
February 14, 2018
Daybreakers: Written and directed by the Spierig Brothers

This is a movie about a world where vampires have taken over the planet and the food source is dwindling. This is a movie where world building is the core of the plot. It spends a lot of time showing what the world would be like in the day to day and the changes in societal situations as well. It introduces a conflicted protagionist looking for a solution to the problems facing their world. Bit by bit, what he thinks he knows about the way things work is not entirely true. His world is shattered until you're left with the difficult choices you have to make in order to make things succeed.

I know that sounds like a sappy indie mumblecore style drama but it's not. It's in a movie where vampires have eaten everything they can and are now running out of food. When they run out of food, they turn into a bat person, a literal man-bat who lives on the blood of whatever they find. There's so much introduction that when you finally find out, there's almost no story left. It's that simplistic. It works. It's different especially living in the age post Twilight.

I enjoyed the film for what it brought to the table. I wanted more. I wanted a more in depth look at a world starving. I wanted to spend more time in vampire land but it was not to be. You were here one minute and then the next minute people were being violently torn apart by starving crazed vampires.

I give this movie a C.
½ January 1, 2018
(First and only viewing - 6/13/2017)
Super Reviewer
October 28, 2017
Vampires have mostly been an afterthought these days, Taking a backseat to zombies but this film was pretty fun at times with some good action scenes, It's pretty gory and the dark tone worked well too, A few twists keep it ticking over, It won't jump anyone on to the vampire bandwagon but it's worth watching even if it's nothing memorable in the long run.
½ October 28, 2017
Possibly an unjust rating, given I fell asleep through parts of this, but they may also indicate the appeal this film had with me. A tale of humans against vampires, with the vampires looking to quench their thirst with the blood of the last remaining humans in existence. The latter, are just looking to stay alive long enough to develop a substitute for human blood. A simple premise which takes an unnecessary twist when vampires soon discover they can turn human again if they drink the blood of a cured vampire.
½ October 23, 2017
Enjoyable movie which is quite different. Its imaginative and a story well told. This movie deserves more credit.
September 20, 2017
had some fun ideas, but its very formulaic and predictable. a carbon copy of other bland films
½ September 17, 2017
Just an OK take on vampirism. The baptism by sunlight seems a bit silly given the hard science take the rest of the movie rides on
½ August 18, 2017
Daybreakers is directed and written by Michael and Peter Spierig, and it stars Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Claudia Karvan, and Sam Neill in a science fiction horror film about a futuristic world filled with vampires, and with the humans almost going extinct, the scientists are trying to find a blood substitution so that the humans won't go extinct, and the vampires would be able to live their lives. When I saw this in Family Video, I immediately remember a memory of mine that this was actually one of my best friend's favorites, and I haven't seen this movie in years. So with this, I can say that this is one of the best vampire films that I've seen, even though it's not saying much with the experience that I have with vampire films, which is not that much. The acting is great, with Ethan Hawke doing well as a main lead, Willem Dafoe having a lot of fun with what he has got, and Sam Neill is surprisingly intimidating as Ethan Hawke's boss. I actually find the premise about the whole world being infected by vampires is a really interesting concept that I never have seen before in vampire films, and it takes every single advantage of the premise. Some of the scares are really effective, and I did find the plot very interesting thanks to the well-developed characters. The action is very well done, and I did like that there's no romance in this, even though it was really close to become one. The gore, practical, and make-up effects look amazing that I didn't felt that there was a fake effect, that it except the computer animated parts which look unbelievably fake, but there's not much of it. Daybreakers is a really great movie that I really need to see more vampire films.
½ July 23, 2017
Daybreakers isn't a great film by a long shot, but it does its best to lift up the unholy mess of vampire films that seem to be almost extinct due to Twilight and other film even worse than it. The acting is good enough, not marvelous, but I did enjoy Ethan Hawke as usual, and I really though DaFoe was a very memorable character. Daybreakers is campy at times, but it's overall dark tone is definitely present and it doesn't feel as though it trying too hard, most of the time. This is a very solid vampire film, and it does leave itself open to possible sequels, which I would be interested in seeing
July 8, 2017
While the plot is intriguing and original, the film quickly diverges into a hokey vamp movie with bad dialogue, bland characters, and lifeless action scenes.
June 17, 2017
The most original vampire movie i've ever seen.
½ June 15, 2017
Watching in 2017. This movie... is not good. Logically speaking, the movie doesn't really make a lot of sense. The first half of the movie was actually awesome, all the way up to the climax. But then it felt like they just ran out of budget, with terrible explosion effects, bloody guys flying around, and was just a mess at the end. Very unfortunate for a movie with such a promising setup
½ May 27, 2017
ok movie. kind of felt like a straight to dvd movie at times. but it had a cool premise and took the genre in an interesting direction. there is some cool stuff in here but bland for the most part (2 viewings)
April 11, 2017
dark and compelling vampire film.
March 5, 2017
I really liked the had a few flaws...but it kept me entertained throughout
February 5, 2017
i really want to see this
January 29, 2017
I loved this movie and was genuinely disappointed when a prequel wasn't made.
January 21, 2017
One of the best vampire movies till date. loved it. wish there was a sequel
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