Daybreakers

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Released 2010

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Director:
Peter Spierig , Michael Spierig
Released:
2010
Rating:
R
Daybreakers stars two-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke as Edward Dalton, a researcher in the year 2019, in which an unknown plague has transformed the world's population into blood-thirsty vampires. As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human, or find a blood substitute before time runs out. However, a covert group of vampires makes a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    The narrative may flag, but the doomsday atmosphere and George Liddle's production design remain vivid until the final, blood-splattered reel.

  • 60

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    The script doesn't wring many surprises or much character involvement from the premise, and the brothers' helming, while slick, is short on scares, action setpieces and humor.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times

    Any higher intentions are brought crashing down by predictability, wooden characters, giggle-inducing attempts at scares (shrieking bats, anyone?) and cinematography so gloomy it s...

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    8.0
    I hate vampire movies! From Dracula to Twilight I find the whole genre absurd and have never enjoyed a film that has featured vampires, until now. I chose Daybreakers, because it is a new idea in an otherwise stale genre. It's about a modern day utopian society where the bad guys have actually won! Modern society has adapted, from industry and technology to entertainment, to accommodate a society run by vampires. Humans are nearly extinct and the vampires are looking for a blood substitute to sustain their population. On the other side, the small groups of remaining humans think they may have a cure, but need some willing vampires to help them. Even though this film features vampires, it's more of a science fiction film. about two groups trying to deal with the problems of a futuristic society, and it was really well done. Ethan Hawke stars as a vampire, who refuses to drink human blood. He feels empathy for the humans and doesn't like what his race has become. Hawke was one of these young actors who had nothing but looks. When he first started he was really nothing more than eye candy for bad movies. Since then, he's really worked at becoming a better actor and today, he thrives in Sci-Fi movies like this. He's paired with some veterans of the genre, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill, both of whom add that aged wisdom needed to support this young cast. This film is a terrific example of how innovative and entertaining science fiction can be, but it's so much more. There are action scenes, romance, and even some gore thrown into the mix, and the result is one of the best Sci-Fi film I've seen all year. The violence and blood may turn some people off to the film, but for me, this really became a can't miss gem.moreless
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Claudia Karvan

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Sam Neill

Sam Neill

Charles Bromley

Jay Laga'aia

Jay Laga'aia

Senator Turner

Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe

Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac

Isabel Lucas

Isabel Lucas

Alison Bromley

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke

Edward Dalton

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Thrillers, Zombies,Vampires & Monsters, Futuristic