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.
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
Ethan Hawke's character gets pointy ears from a lack of blood (he wrecks his car when he notices). His ears go back to normal once Audrey gives him some blood in the car before they get to the human camp. See more »
The film constantly claims that small amounts of sunlight/UVLight have devastating effects on vampires. On this condition a vampire couldn't survive in the shadow of a tree during bright day. The amount of reflected uv-light in a shadow at noon is considerably high, much higher than e.g. a small ray or the sunsetting/sunrising sun. See more »
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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In line with the subject of the movie, the lettering of the end credits is in red, instead of the customary white. See more »
A strong premise that regrettably becomes pointless.
A vampiric corporation sets out to capture and farm the remaining humans while researching a blood substitute.
Daybreakers has a captivating promising start, the is year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires.
Directors Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig give the viewer an awe-inspiring vision of the future, the cityscape is amazing. It's also packed with excellent make up effects and nicely executed CGI. The film reflects some great parallels of today's social structure and struggles.
Sam Neill is the perfect vampire leader and Ethan Hawke is good as the trouble vampire who feels pity on the remaining humans.
However, sadly the film takes a turn for the worse when the usually excellent veteran actor Willem Dafoe turns up. From then on the film stumbles until the end credits as it stomps on the great idea's and visuals that came before, with bad dialogue and corny premises. Once the action moves from the city to countryside it's as if the producers turned a switch to- 'mediocre', with echoes of John Carpenters Vampires (1998).
An engaging strong intellectual start, regrettably becomes a futile unoriginal drip by the end.
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