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Actors: Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke
Director: Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     2010     1hr 38min

Two-time Academy AwardŽ nominee Ethan Hawke plays Edward Dalton, a researcher in the year 2019, when an unknown plague has transformed the world?s population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, vampire...  more »

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Actors: Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke
Director: Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Lionsgate
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/11/2010
Theatrical Release Date: 01/08/2010
Release Year: 2010
Run Time: 1hr 38min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Michael D. from ROCHESTER, NY
Reviewed on 1/9/2014...
I liked it as it was not another cookie cutter vampire movie.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 8/28/2013...
Cool horror/sci fi/action hybrid about vampires becoming the dominant species on Earth, and what would happen when their source of food - humans! - starts to run low. Good, gory, violent fun. Sam Neill in particular is great as a sleazy corporate head vamp.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Ceic W. (Ceicwilson) from RIVERSIDE, CA
Reviewed on 5/18/2012...
I first saw this movie in theaters and absolutely loved it! i think the graphics for the blood and the vampires in general really stayed true to myth and i adore how the vampires were modern (i.e driving cars, taking the subway,etc) I thought it was a great movie!!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 1/4/2012...
Does an effective job of making the vampires creepy and an actual threat. The idea of a virus that transforms the majority of the Earth's population into vampires is an interesting one (premise first used in the classic Richard Matheson novella I Am Legend-ignore the hideous Will Smith version & check out The Last Man On Earth for a decent adaptation). Entertaining.
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Movie Reviews

Daybreakers: Nothing Groundbreaking, But A Good Time
Nick Wagner | Maryland | 01/13/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Daybreakers is a breath of fresh air in the world of vampire cinema that currently consists of the Twilight series of films. I have nothing against these films, I just prefer my vampires to be badass and blood-thirsty, while maintaining that aura of supernatural coolness à la Christopher Lee in Horror of Dracula. Daybreakers initially looked bland and forgettable to me, but to my surprise the film manages to pull off being enjoyable as well as bringing a few new ideas to the vampire genre. The film is not groundbreaking in any way, but it is a fun time and (for me) it made vampires cool again.

To start off, the casting is good. I don't personally care for Ethan Hawke, but he works here just fine delivering a satisfactory performance. The real standouts are Sam Neill as Hawke's boss and Willem Dafoe as a kick-ass vampire hunter with a taste for muscle cars, high-tech crossbows, and Elvis Presley. The supporting cast is made up of mostly unknowns and they turn in decent performances. The direction by the Speirig Brothers is above-average, but nothing spectacular. It's a relief to see a horror film that doesn't have that ridiculous shaky-cam thing going on. The action scenes are well-directed as well, with an unexpected car chase happening about halfway through. I must say that the cinematography is excellent, with lots of dark blues and grays in the vampire scenes and dry browns and yellows in the human scenes. It reminded me of the cinematography in the original Blade. Again, nothing new but it is a visually pleasing film.

The story itself is nothing amazing, but it's executed quite well. It is, however, interesting from both a horror and sci-fi standpoint, utilizing both genres for maximum effectiveness. As a horror film, it does well with a few scares and lots of blood and gore (another surprise for me, but I'll get to that in a minute). However, it really shines as a science-fiction film. The idea of a shortage of blood causing the vampires to panic is an interesting role reversal that I found quite amusing. It also has overtones of greedy multi-national corporations only in it to make a profit (gleefully reminding me of the Weyland-Yutani company from Alien & Aliens). There are some nifty new ideas that also made the film feel like a welcome addition to the sci-fi/horror genre. I really don't want to spoil them, so I'll be careful with my choice of words. The vampires have adjusted their way of living to not be hampered by that pesky sunlight. This is done both outright and subtly, the latter of which I found myself chuckling at the filmmaker's ingenuity. Other interesting ideas include the cure itself (which I initially scoffed at, but the more I thought about it I realized in the context of the story, it works) and the concept of what happens to a malnourished vampire that doesn't get regular servings of blood. Does it die? You'll get the answer in Daybreakers. There is also a nice Romero-style commentary on some current social and economic issues, that works well and doesn't get too preachy.

The special effects are well-done. The CGI is nothing special, though the vampires exploding after being staked was pretty cool. However, there are tons of live-acion gore effects that I was very happy to see considering the industry's current obsession with CGI. It was nice to see some Day of the Dead-style gore happening in the modern age; and if this comment doesn't make it clear, let me spell it out for you: this film is VERY gory. There's a lot of blood, guts and body parts flying around (one bit early on actually made me jump - something that usually never happens) so be warned. It's not Dead Alive or anything, but it is pretty heavy on the red stuff! Gorehounds (myself included) will not be disappointed.

Any complaints? Not really. I originally wanted Willem Dafoe to be more badass, spouting one-liners and such, but he didn't reach that level of true "badass-ness" like John McClane, Arnold or Woody Harrelson's character did in the recent Zombieland. In retrospect, I realized that this may have messed with the tone of the film so it was probably for the best. The film ended quite abruptly too. Is it too much to ask for a minute of wrap-up? But hey, neither of these make the film any less of a good time.

So, bottom line: I would whole-heartedly recommend this one to any sci-fi/horror fans. It's nothing you haven't seen before, but it's executed in a stylish and interesting manner so you'll definitely enjoy it."
Best Vampire Movie Since Fright Night
alexrr1984 | 01/19/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Daybreakers arrived in cinemas with a very minimal advertising campaign that failed to bring more attention to such an incredible piece of B-movie awesomeness. While it's true that much of the dialogue is throwaway, there is no doubt in my mind that it will reach its potential as a cult classic in the following decades. It borrows pieces of other vampire films that came before it (Blade, Underworld, Near Dark, 30 Days of Night) and combines it with a dystopian vision of the future that resembles something out of a Phillip K. Dick novel. Some of the characters could have been stronger, but the intense atmosphere more than makes up for the weak character development. The film switches off between two principal settings: a vampire-inhabited metropolis all shot in monochromatic black and gray, and the human encampment filmed in a warmer and more organic color palette. The complete role reversal of vampires vs. humans (rather than the other way around) is ingenious, and gives the story a fresh sense of urgency."
A Vampire Tale With a Twist
Karen Joan | Texas | 03/15/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"DAYBREAKERS is a fresh take on the average vampire horror tale, bordering on camp, but definitely original. Quite unexpectedly, my husband and I really enjoyed this film. In DAYBREAKERS, we find that the human race was nearly destroyed by a plague, but vampires gave them a way out. Now vampires are the dominant species on earth, night and day are reversed, vampires are going about their normal "nightly" routines, and the remaining humans are hunted fugitives. There are so few humans remaining that a blood shortage is causing the vampires to panic, and the vampires have initiated a massive R&D effort to create a synthetic substitute. if they don't find it, the vampires will mutate horribly and die. But there may be an alternative. One that will change the world of the vampires forever.

If, like me, you find vampire horror films (not teen angst films) to be a guilty pleasure, then I think you will enjoy DAYBREAKERS. Part I Am Legend, part Buffy, part Blade (but all with a twist), DAYBREAKERS brings a unique and creative story to the average vampire flick. The plot is intriguing, and the ending is surprising. The special effects appropriately scary and interesting, the blood and gore as to be expected, and lore within the film is consistent. The acting is not the best I have seen, but it is not the worst either.

For a fresh take on an old genre, give DAYBREAKERS a try. You might be glad you did."