The year is 2019 and an unknown plague has swept the globe rendering virtually every human into a vampire. As the new race quickly dominates the planet, humans become the most valuable resource. Small bands of the uninfected roam the outskirts of major cities, desperately trying to survive while staying one step ahead of the blood-thirsty creatures. But as the stockpiles of human blood begin to run dry leaving the populace starving and the vampires in power scrambling for a replacement, a lone vampire geneticist joins with a secret group of humans to find another viable solution...a cure.
A fantastic sci-fi horror flick that examines just what the world would be like if vampires dominated the planet. We quickly see that not much changes and that the night-stalkers are about as efficient at running the world as humans were...just with a none-to-subtle shift in priorities. As the humans desperately attempt to survive and the vampires work to find a suitable replacement for human blood, all while keeping their profits in mind, lone vampire geneticist Edward Dalton, who refuses to partake of human blood, strives to find a cure for the plague, eliminating the problem altogether.
But as the starving vampires begin to mutate, shedding their human personae to reveal viscous, mindless killing machines, time is running out for the world and each day the sun sets is one closer to the impending end of humanity.
Fast-paced and uncompromising, Daybreakers is more than a fantastic look at vampires running society, but also a look at how we as humans manage our own ever-dwindling resources upon this planet. Intelligent and funny as it is bloody and violent, Daybreakers is one for any vampire (or humanity) fan.
I rented this movie based on reading its premise – the future when almost everyone is a vampire. Sounded interesting and it certainly didn’t disappoint on that end. The world this movie created felt real. It added some unique scientific turns to the story, bring it to a level more akin to a disease than myth. As a fan of the vampire genre, I quite enjoyed this twist.
The details of this vampire world were well done, including the UV-blocking sun, blood ‘espresso’ stand, blood ‘coffee cream’ etc. Considering the budget, I’d say the special effects were decently done. Nothing was too campy. I am sure if the film makers had more funding they could’ve brought this world to live much better.
The story and characters were fairly well developed. Towards the end the film felt a bit rushed as plot lines were hurried to be finished. Yet there wasn’t enough build up for the layered push. Nonetheless, the final revelation of a “cure” to the disease was quite fun to watch.
Acting was overall pretty good. It’s a kick to see Willem Dafoe, AKA Nosferatu, as a vampire hunter. Sam Neill and Ethan Hawke fit and played their roles well. I liked that Neill’s character was given a (small) side plot line to enhance his story beyond the stereotypical evil guy. The only one that I thought could’ve been played better was Audrey Bennett’s Claudia Karvan who is a human that befriended Hawke.
Overall an entertaining watch especially if you enjoy vampire movies.
Daybreakers gives us new territory in the oversaturated vampires on the screen environment. What if the vampires formed a civilized class (not the freakish ones underground) who farmed humans for blood? What if they were to run out of humans to harvest and blood to survive? Interesting ideas for a movie indeed. It's refreshing to see such a new spin on the mythos of the vampire. This future is plausible and possible (if vampires existed of course) and we see a society not far off kilter from ours now. A blood-stained world, with the blood itself a fitting allegory to what we rely on now (oil, water, etc.) and this makes it very interesting indeed. Cars are rigged so that the vampires can drive during the day, clearly the world has adapted.
The story is strong as well. Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) is a scientist trying to develop a synthetic blood to sustain his fellow vampires. Sam Neill turns in a dryly sardonic role as the CEO of Dalton's company, and the set pieces and direction make the movie move along briskly and with unique touches along the way. You are always glued to the screen wondering what's going to happen next.
Will the synthetic blood be found? Will the recipe work? In a world where humans are being farmed by vampires (usually the former is the larger group), Daybreakers gives a unique vision as to how it could unfold were it to really happen.