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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Daybeakers (2009)



With an afternoon of quiet (Bren took the girls to the pool), I broke down and decided to watch Daybreakers. To me it was going to be interesting because I have heard both good and bad things about this futuristic vampire flick, so much so that I was honestly unsure of what to expect.


Plot/ In a world 10 years into the future, vampires make up the vast majority of the population with only 5% of the human race remaining. This presents particular challenges as the vampires' food supply - human blood - is dwindling and rationing is now the norm. There is growing evidence that vampires deprived of an adequate blood supply are themselves evolving into wild, vile creatures that attack anyone and anything in order to survive. Dr. Edward Dalton, a vampire and hematologist who works for a pharmaceutical firm, has been working on finding an artificial blood supply that will meet the vampire society's needs. He is sympathetic to humans and sees his work as a way of alleviating their suffering but his views on finding a solution change considerably when he meets someone who found a way to transform himself from being a vampire to again take human form.


To me, Daybreakers was a very good change for a genre that is being ruined by sparkling vampires. This movie is fun, intelligent and carries a darkness that is in may ways a breath of fresh air with a nice array of blood splatter, gore and violence that many horror films have lacked in recent years. More than that, it was nice to see a new twist onto the vampire legacy, something that the Spierig brothers did a masterful job of doing. If the movie did have a major flaw it would be the lack of character development throughout the film, with many questions being planted into the mind but going virtually unanswered. In the end, this flick is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening. It is jam packed with gore, severed limbs, and decapitations with the crucial burning vampire flesh all abound, a definite must see!


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