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

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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 ... 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 has 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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$30,101,577

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,417,188
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2.35 : 1
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One of several movies in which Willem Dafoe has played a vampire. The most notable of which is Shadow of the Vampire (2000) in which he plays a fictionalized version of the actor who portrayed Graf Orlok in Nosferatu. See more »

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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 »

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

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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
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Dazzling , inspired and dark film about vampires domineering humans
19 December 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The vampires and humans peacefully co-exist has terminated , the delicate balance looks to be destroyed when an influenza bloody epidemic begins to sweep the human population and the vampires turn to preying on humans . In the year 2019, a plague has changed most every human into vampires . It imagines a world where vampires rule and humans have mostly disappeared or submitted as blood-supply , with the bloodsuckers the next step in human evolution . Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race schemes their survival ; meantime, a scientific works on a cure to save humankind and the blood prices soar . But lack of blood supply are themselves evolving into violent , killer vampires that attack anyone and anything in order to survive and blood riots continue . The starring is Dr. Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke), hematologist chief who works for a pharmaceutical firm called Bromley Marks whose president is an ambitious magnate named Charles Bromley (Sam Neill) and has an escaped human daughter (Isabel Lucas). Dalton has been working on finding an artificial blood supply that will meet the vampire society's needs. He is agreeable to humans and takes his work as a manner of alleviating their suffering but his views on finding a solution. His opinion changes considerably when he meets Audrey Bennett (Claudia Karman) and Elcis Cormac (Willem Defoe) who found a mean to change himself from being a vampire to again transform human .

This amazing movie displays noisy action , thrills ride, stirring fighting , graphic violence and is pretty entertaining. Highly original retelling of the vampire myth set in nearly future , as science fiction and horror coalesce in a suspenseful, elegant action film and dealing with the capacity of human beings to hope . The movie's premise is original, far beyond the traditional Vampire genre. A new, genetically empowered race of vampire like creatures has come forth, and humans despised and only serving as blood-supply . The picture bears certain resemblance to ¨Perfect creature¨(2006) another Australian film starred by Dougray Scott and Saffron Burrows dealing with vampires ruling over humans . The picture packs large loads of guts and gore , there's a huge body count, this one actually knocks off an immense amount, several vampires and humans are staked bloodily in the chest, even more impaled with large dents. There's really savage decapitation, plenty of bodies ripped in scraps and half, including some of the most tears ever, that spill lots of blood and numerous get shot up with arcs . Most of vampires and humans victims are relegated to being bitten in the throat and neck and the breathtaking fighting scenes are realized with magnificent special and visual effects as well as excellent make-up department . The film blends horror, interesting drama , suspense, struggles, rip-roaring action, terror and lots of gore. Set design is of first class , settings are stylized, futuristic scenarios , and spooky and ghoulish atmosphere. Specials effects are breathtaking, part of them are made by means of computer generator and part by make up . Bone-chilling and atmospheric musical score by Christopher Gordon and colorful and dark cinematography by Ben Nott. Spectacular and moving direction by The Spierig Brothers . They are writers , producers and directors who previously directed ¨Undead¨ , a successful Aussie terror movie. Recommended to those who amuse those kind of vampire films or those enjoy in general


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