Daybreakers Review by Sam

Well the Saturday just passed, I hopped into the car in the pouring rain, and headed to Nowra cinemas in New South Wales. My companions and I decided Daybreakers could be an interesting watch, and so we bought our tickets and rudely overpriced treats, and commenced to our seats.

In a sentence; Daybreakers was a good concept with some poor execution. Let me explain what I mean.

Daybreakers Poster


On the plus side, Daybreakers had a good cast (primarily filled by Australians, except for the likes of Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe) and was reasonably performed. It also had interesting, not to mention original elements of story thrown in, which makes it one of the first Vampire movies I have somewhat enjoyed. On the other hand, some of the dialogue was a little corny, especially the ending and the gore levels were extremely unnecessary and over the top. Additionally, the way it was filmed had the potential to be brilliant, but to no prevail.

The film actually had an intriguing first half, although the opening scene of a girl allowing the sun to burn her to death seemed somewhat out of place. But the first 40 or so minutes were intriguing, suspenseful and well timed. The audience depicts a world populated primarily by vampires with only 5% of the human race remaining. We are introduced to our protagonist Dr. Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) who is a somewhat depressed vampire working for a company that provides blood supply to the population, the lack of which is slowly diminishing the vampire race.

Ethan Hawke, Claudia Karvan and Willem Dafoe

From left to right: Ethan Hawke, Claudia Karvan and Willem Dafoe.

From there onwards, it slowly progresses to Dalton meeting up with humans, Audrey Bennett (Claudia Karvan) and Lionel ‘Elvis’ Cormac (Willem Dafoe), who is a recently cured vampire. They approach Dalton asking for his help in re-creating this cure that Elvis undertook. This involves being briefly exposed to sunlight, causing severe pain, and then having the fire put out (by means of water or lack of oxygen) before the burn kills the vampire.

After this point in the movie, it begins to get a bit tiring. Pointless deaths repeatedly occur, and the corny dialogue begins to make a show. Some of the cinematography and music becomes a bit corny at this point too. It is all topped off with a brutal fight between the [small amount of] humans and the [large amounts of] vampires, which unleashes an incredible amount of blood and guts, none of which serves any real meaning to the plot.

Whilst it does have its downsides, I didn’t find myself complaining throughout the duration of the movie, essentially meaning it was an “alright” movie.

I give it 2 film reels out of 5.

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