Daybreakers (2009)

Daybreakers Directors: Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill, Claudia Karvan, Willem Dafoe, Vince Colosimo, Mungo McKay

Tagline: Even Buffy would be hard up against it here

Set in 2019 when almost everyone in the world has been turned into a vampire and the remaining humans are hunted down and sucked dry like a milkshake, not everyone sees it as a bad thing and as usual the few who have capitalized on the opportunities to make money are doing good for themselves.

For some reason 50s fashions are back in vogue and everyone looks very noir due to walking around at night all the time. Due to everyone being immortal, all the smoking bans have been repealed and people smoke like chimneys inside offices.

Edward Dalton (Edward Dalton) is a blood specialist working for a mutli-national company specializing in blood supply of which Charles Bromley (Sam Neil) is the boss and lab-assistant Charles (Vince Colosimo) have been working on a blood-substitute due to dwindling blood supplies, unfortunately their tests are not that successful.

Something strange is happening to the vampires who are not getting their daily blood supply and the military is also worried about it.

One night as a result of a car accident whilst driving home, Edward meets Audrey (Claudia Karvan) one of the remaining humans, who turns up at his home afterwards under mysterious circumstances.

Travelling out to meet Audrey in the middle of the day, Edward meets the leader of the resistance and former mechanic (hence the muscle cars), Lionel (Willem Dafoe), but unfortunately they are attacked by military who have been led to them by Edward’s brother.

After a lucky escape, they meet up with the rest of the human resistance and Ethan learns that Lionel was once a vampire himself, but as a result of an accident he found a way to cure the disease. Edward decides to try it out for himself, but unfortunately the military are still on their trail and the rest of the party has to flee.

The rest of the movie is taken up with the fights with the military, double-crossing by brothers and fathers and the eventual confrontation at Bromley’s HQ. At times the movie turns into a zombie-style splatter fest, but is a bit more serious than Undead and is not really played for laughs.

I know the movie is meant to be set in the US, but it is easy to see it was shot in Australia and I recognized a lot of extras as being Australian. The supporting cast does a great job and most of the time their accents hold up.

The special effects and settings look great and the film makers managed to get a lot of movie out of a relatively small (by Hollywood standards), budget and still make a movie that is up there with the best in the genre.

I enjoyed the Spierig Brothers previous movie, Undead and I was looking forward to this movie. I am happy enough with how it turned out, but am not sure if they will actually be the ones to make a sequel to this film. I am sure this movie will do well on DVD if not in the cinemas due to Avatar still storming the box office.

Rating: 8/10

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