Sunday, January 10, 2010
Daybreakers - Movie Review
Starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Claudia Klavan, Michael Dorman, Vince Colomiso, Isabel Lucas, Jay Laga'aia and Mungo McKay.
Directed by Michael & Peter Spierig.
Filmed two years ago, this movie sat on the shelf while other fang-themed movies (the Twilight saga) and TV shows (True Blood, The Vampire Diaries) kept audience appetites craving more. Now the trend has reached its natural conclusion, in a world where vampires are the majority. The world has been overrun by them, to where the human population, and more importantly their blood, is running low. Corporations are working on a decent substitute for human blood, but one vampire, a scientist named Edward Dalton (of course he's named Edward), runs into some fugitive humans who claim to have a cure for vampirism.
The movie sets itself up nicely, with rain-soaked sidewalks and collar-turned trenchcoats, it evoked this Gattaca-type future if Blade had lost. The longer the movie goes, the more claustrophic it becomes, where the limited budget becomes more obvious. There are several scenes in offices, corridors, and a final big battle in a lobby. Its sleek, but it doesn't ever capture the imagination. It disappears from the mind as quickly as a vampire exposed to the sun. (And I don't mean a sparkly Twilight vampire).