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Member Name: aylawarner
Date: 09/02/10, updated on 10/02/10 (72 review reads)
Advantages: Thrilling and exciting
Disadvantages: Full of blood and gore, main character's name
In a world ten years from now, vampires have taken over the world and only a tiny minority of the human race remain in hiding. But with the vampires' food supply of human blood running low, the hungry vampires are becoming vicious creatures and are turning against each other in a bid to survive. Edward Dalton, a blood researcher at the world's biggest human blood farming company, stumbles upon a way to save the vampires as well as the human population. But his discovery means that he has to work with the humans and against his own kind and being an enemy of an army of vampires is not an easy way to survive.
~ Cast ~
Edward Dalton - Ethan Hawke
Charles Bromley - Sam Neill
Audrey Bennett - Claudia Karvan
Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac - Willem Dafoe
Alison Bromley - Isabel Lucas
I never used to be interested in vampire stories in the slightest but since the release of the Twilight series my interest has peaked quite a bit. This film looked to be similar to the True Blood series where vampires are common knowledge, but further along in time where the vampires end up being more dominant than the humans.
The thing that niggled me about this film, and I mean really irritated me so much that I was just nonplussed, was the fact that they named the main character vampire Edward. Why oh why would you name a vampire Edward when the most famous vampire around at the moment is also called Edward (from Twilight)? I just did not understand why they couldn't have come up with another name - it seemed so stupid to me. Anyway, that doesn't really have anything much to do with the actual film so rant over now!
Ethan Hawke was a great pick for the main part and for a vampire as he just looks the part from the off with his pale skin and long hair. Willem Dafoe brought quite a bit of comedy to the film when they live in a world that should be devoid of any humour. I love Isabel Lucas who was in Home and Away and I was looking forward to and expecting her to have a big part in this seeing as she is one of the main characters but it turned out that her part wasn't actually in it that much.
This is nothing like the timid and fantasy-like vampire movies that have come out recently. Daybreakers is full of violence, blood and gore and depicts a world that has simply turned into a bloody human buffet. There were parts that were just disgusting and I had to turn away from the screen in horror of what was going on.
I did think that it ended rather abruptly. It seemed that it could be left open for a sequel as the task that the character's were trying to complete hadn't been completed and in fact they only found out about how to solve their problem a few minutes before the end.
Despite all the violence and gore and the abrupt ending I enjoyed this film. It is very dark and violent and is pretty scary to think that, if vampires were real, this is a very truthful depiction of how the world could end up.
Running time: 98 minutes
Certificate rating: 15
Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
"Living in a world where vampires are the dominant species is about as safe as bare backing a 5 dollar whore."
Summary: A violent film where vampries are the dominant species