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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Storyline

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 »


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

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Trivia

The makers of the movie hosted a contest in Worth1000.com (famous photo manipulation-contest site) to come up with images of how the world would look if nearly everyone were a vampire. See more »

Goofs

While a human caravan is heading back to their 'base' they get ambushed by Vampires from both sides, the humans in turn take cover on either side of their cars but they only get shot at from the side their facing, despite being 'surrounded'. See more »

Quotes

[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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Burning Love
Words & Music by Dennis Linde
Published by Sony / ATV
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Great ideas but need better execution
13 October 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's the year 2019 and the world has been taken over by vampires. Humans are being farmed for their blood, but there are fewer and fewer of them. Vampires turn feral when they don't get human blood. So the dwindling human race have real devastating consequences. Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) is a vampire, but he's searching for a blood substitute. He wants to save the human race. That's why the humans want his help for the ultimate cure.

The concept is terrific. The execution lacks the required intensity. While it has great ideas, the movie just doesn't have the pace or the action to sustain it. Ideas are not enough. This movie needs better hands to squeeze more excitement out of the script.

The big acting names in this are Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Neill. They give the movie instant credibility that's more than its B-movie roots. However to justify that credibility, they need to increase the drama.


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Official Sites:

Vidio [Indonesia]

Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daybreakers See more »

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Box Office

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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