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Daybreakers (2009)

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In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harriet Minto-Day ...
Sahaj Dumpleton ...
Allan Todd ...
Gabriella Di Labio ...
Peter Welman ...
Callum McLean ...
Vampire School Kid
Jarrad Pon ...
Vampire School Kid
Victoria Williams ...
Vampire School Kid
Zoe White ...
Vampire School Kid
Aolani Roy ...
Vampire School Kid
Tiffany Lamb ...


In a world 10 years into the future, vampires make up the vast majority of the population with only 5% of the human race remaining. This presents particular challenges as the vampires' food supply - human blood - is dwindling and rationing is now the norm. There is growing evidence that vampires deprived of an adequate blood supply are themselves evolving into wild, vile creatures that attack anyone and anything in order to survive. Dr. Edward Dalton, a vampire and hematologist who works for a pharmaceutical firm, has been working on finding an artificial blood supply that will meet the vampire society's needs. He is sympathetic to humans and sees his work as a way of alleviating their suffering but his views on finding a solution change considerably when he meets someone who found a way to transform himself from being a vampire to again take human form. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In 2019, the most precious natural resource... is us. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 January 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La hermandad  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,344,588 (UK) (8 January 2010)


$29,975,979 (USA) (5 February 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shot in 2007, according to an article in Entertainment Weekly (Issue #1085) See more »


When Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe run through the Subwalk, the word 'Adelaide' can be seen on a placard, indicating a filming location in Brisbane's Central Station near Adelaide Street, one of the major streets in the Brisbane CBD. However, numerous US and Canadian cities also have an 'Adelaide' street, most famously Toronto, Canada. See more »


[first lines]
[on television]
Senator Westlake: Let's be clear about this. Humans were offered a chance to assimilate, but they refused. Therefore, they are enemies of the state and will be captured and farmed for blood supply.
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Crazy Credits

In line with the subject of the movie, the lettering of the end credits is in red, instead of the customary white. See more »


Burning Love
Words & Music by Dennis Linde
Published by Sony / ATV
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User Reviews

High concept, high reward
12 March 2010 | by (Toronto, ON, Canada) – See all my reviews

Riding the most recent wave of monster-dom, Daybreakers is yet another entry in the endless parade of vampire films to hit the market since the arrival of a little film called Twilight which I hear is somewhat popular. Breaking with recent trends however, Daybreakers is by far the best of the bunch; high concept and high reward.

The year is 2019. After a plague sweeps across the globe turning men, women and children into blood-thirsty, pale version of their former selves another, larger threat looms. The remaining humans, who now mostly exist only in vast blood farms that recall the fields of The Matrix, are drying out so to speak. Blood shortages are common place and with the direction of a vampire haematologist named Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawk) they desperately search for a blood substitute. But complications lead Dalton to question his loyalties after he meets a group of humans led by a former-vampire turned vigilante (Willem Dafoe) and with the future of mankind resting in the balance, time grows more and more precious.

The vampire world created by director brothers Michael and Peter Spierig is extensive and all encompassing. The attention to detail at every turn is the greatest reason to seek out Daybreakers even if script and some performances aren't quite up to the same standard. Take for example instances of how the vamps navigate during the daytime and what a double-double coffee now means. Many earmarks of vampire lore remain; death by sunlight, susceptibility to a steak in the heart, etc. But many details about the new world culture is left to viewer imagination which is a far better avenue to take then attempting to stuff the story with exposition and revelations.

Amidst a sea of flashy set pieces, the acting takes a backseat. Hawk is merely there, Dafoe is entertaining enough and scores most of the laughs and Sam Niell shows up as the shady CEO of the blood farm and is sufficiently sinister. The real standout is Claudia Karvan as one of the remaining humans who actually manages to bring down her languid looking co-stars with her emotion and charm. Daybreakers features a number of requisite action set-pieces and do the job admirably enough but it is the story that is the real reason to see this film.

If there is still blood to be drained from this waning horror genre I hope it is not fast-tracked to take advantage of the current craze. If we are to have more vampire flicks of this calibre then I would rather experience them while not being constantly swamped. Regardless of where these fright flicks tread in the future we are lucky to have Daybreakers, as an entertaining and thought-provoking film like this is always welcome amidst a sea of remakes, reboots and rehashes that have become a Hollywood staple.

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