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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.

Directors:

Michael Spierig (as The Spierig Brothers), Peter Spierig (as The Spierig Brothers)

Writers:

Michael Spierig (as The Spierig Brothers), Peter Spierig (as The Spierig Brothers)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harriet Minto-Day Harriet Minto-Day ... Lisa Barrett
Jay Laga'aia ... Senator Turner
Damien Garvey ... Senator Westlake
Sahaj Dumpleton Sahaj Dumpleton ... Homeless Vampire
Allan Todd Allan Todd ... Businessman
Gabriella Di Labio ... Businesswoman
Ben Siemer ... Police Officer
Peter Welman Peter Welman ... Police Officer
Ethan Hawke ... Edward Dalton
Callum McLean Callum McLean ... Vampire School Kid
Jarrad Pon Jarrad Pon ... Vampire School Kid
Victoria Williams Victoria Williams ... Vampire School Kid
Zoe White Zoe White ... Vampire School Kid
Aolani Roy Aolani Roy ... Vampire School Kid
Tiffany Lamb ... News Reader
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10 years from now, 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

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The battle for blood begins. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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When the movie was released in UK cinemas it was rated 15 but when released to DVD it was changed to an 18. See more »

Goofs

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 (most famously Toronto) also have an 'Adelaide' street, most of them presumably named either for the city in South Australia or, like the city, for the queen (consort of William IV, who reigned 1830-1837). See more »

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[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 »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to gain a 15 certificate. 3 cuts of "very strong gory violence" totaling 6 seconds were made with edits to shots of bloody dismemberment during the finale. The cuts were restored for the DVD and Blu-ray releases and the certificate upgraded to an 18. See more »

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Featured in Richard Roeper & the Movies: Daybreakers (2010) See more »

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Burning Love
Words & Music by Dennis Linde
Published by Sony / ATV
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Good bloody fun
11 January 2010 | by cpbadgemanSee all my reviews

There is no shortage of on screen vampires these days. However 'Daybreakers' scores with a unique twist in what is becoming an overworked genre: What if the undead are the majority? In 2019, due to a plague, most of the world's population have become vampires and the few humans left are hunted down and farmed for blood. This topsy-turvy "new normal" is sharply and amusingly depicted as being eerily similar to current living with the important difference that the populace go about their business at night and enjoy shots of blood in their coffee. Aging, famine, and disease have been eradicated, however sunlight is lethal. There is also still a class system, with destitute vampires who cannot afford a regular fix of blood turning into violent, deformed creatures called "subsiders".

But there is a problem. The vampires' insatiable appetite for blood has driven the residual human population to the point of extinction and left the blood supply almost exhausted. Enter Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke), a scientist working for a massive pharmaceutical conglomerate headed by the evil Charles Bromley (Sam Neill). His job is to find a blood substitute to ward off mass starvation. Dalton secretly sympathizes with the remaining humans and hopes that his work will result in their persecution being halted. After connecting with some human survivors, he realizes that there may be an even more radical solution to the problem. However, not every solution is profitable..

From beginning to end this film is big, gory fun. There are some interesting and agreeable plot twists and the film's more metaphorical aspects (which are not exactly subtle to begin with) are upfront but not preachy. The special effects and action scenes are top-notch also, particularly a gruesome set-piece near the film's climax. The Spierig brothers also manage to insert some big scary jolts at regular intervals. All the cast are solid but special mention should go to Sam Neill who does not chew scenery as the main villain of the piece but definitely nibbles here and there. Willem Dafoe is good too, as always. "Daybreakers" also passes a key horror movie test: when you leave the theater, the outside world does not look quite as reassuring as it normally does. Well worth seeing.


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Language:

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Release Date:

8 January 2010 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,146,692, 10 January 2010

Gross USA:

$30,101,577

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,417,188
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2.35 : 1
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