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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

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 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 Tiffany Lamb ... News Reader
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Storyline

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

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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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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vampiros del día See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,146,692, 10 January 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,101,577, 11 February 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,416,464, 11 February 2010
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2.35 : 1
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This film is considered an "Ozploitation" (Australian exploitation) picture. See more »

Goofs

When we first "see" Edward Dalton, it's as an empty collar and tie in his car's rear-view mirror - as a vampire, he casts no reflection. A bit later, his right ear feels strange, so he pulls down his sun visor to check it out in the mirror there, and he's able to see himself. However, if you look closely there is a video camera in the sun visor that then projects the video in the spot where a mirror would be. 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 »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Summer Special 2009/10 (2009) See more »

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Burning Love
Words & Music by Dennis Linde
Published by Sony / ATV
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Could have been a genre-defining one, but still good...
7 January 2010 | by ijenuse-1See all my reviews

Saw 'Daybreakers' at Piccadilly today. Been curious ever since i saw the trailers and being an Ethan Hawke fan decided to check it out anyway. The film started out on a bloody brilliant note. The scenes conveying the near-extinction of the human race and how the vampires are taking over and how the vampires themselves are threatened by the blood shortage issue was done rather effectively and the audience seemed to love it. There is a sense of foreboding throughout the film which can be expected in the genre, but nevertheless is very vital to it as most films fall short here. Daybreakers is not your typical cliché-ridden vampire horror. There has obviously been some sensible writing involved here. But towards the end the screenwriter tends to lose his grip and throws in some regular scenes just for the sake of cheap thrills and gore. This for me did take a bit away from the essence of the film especially considering the rest of the film was great,

But nevertheless I would recommend this film, as there is much to be enjoyed. The cinematography and colour combos and contrasts have been created masterfully. Even most of the cgi seems credible enough. Ethan Hawke is his usual intense self and Sam Neil re-surfaces into the mainstream with a Batman-sounding villain character. But its William Defoe as one of "the folks with the cross-bows" who gets the best lines in the film. Sample this- " a human in a world of vampires is about as safe as barebacking a five dollar whore!"

Could have been a great vampire flick, a genre defining one, but is reduced to merely a good one. But that isn't too bad considering the amount of vampire dung we were dished out for the entirety of 09. This one is the best of the lot! Cheers


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