Daybreakers: Movie Review - Reel Advice Movie Reviews

Friday, January 15, 2010

Daybreakers: Movie Review

There's a vampire in town and his name is Edward. No, this is not "Twilight", "New Moon" or even "Eclipse" and definitely this is not your "achy breaky heart" vampire movie designed for the tweens and teens. This is Edward Dalton and he is the complete opposite of the Edward every girl wants to be with. "Daybreakers" is a vampire action thriller film that begs to be noticed on a very slow week for movie watching. Read on to find out if this Edward deserves some fanfare or not.

The year is 2019 and the world is not what we know it to be. When a plague hits the human race, almost all humans are transformed to vampires. Now, vampires run the place and humans are now dispensable resources for vampire food. Unfortunately, a blood shortage is happening due to the dwindling human population. It is estimated that the blood supply would run out in a month's time and without blood, vampires deteriorate into blood-curdling monsters called subsiders. Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) is a hematologist working for a blood supplying company. He is tasked to find a blood substitute that can sustain vampires even without the use of human blood. When Edward saves a group of humans one night, he discovers that they are a part of a group who has a secret that will be useful to Edward in more ways than he can ever imagine.

"Daybreakers" starts of well but ended in a terrible fashion. The first half of the film will make you hold your breath in suspense. It will also make you think deeply on the issues the vampires are facing (which can definitely be related to how we deplete our resources right now). Too bad though that the second half of the film just did not make much sense. From a deep and psychological thriller, the film suddenly transforms to a mindless shoot-em-up. While the first half of the film presents ideas in a very patient manner, story elements in the second half mysteriously pop up that seems to be massively out of place - it seems as though they just did not know how to end the film properly. Maybe the initial plot was just too much for them to handle but we really beg to differ that that was the case. As for the acting, we can say that it was above average but not great. In the end, we would like to think that "Daybreakers" is a film that has a lesson to teach us - we just wished they took more time flushing out the second half of it which felt very mediocre and sub par.

Rating: 3 reels





Why you should watch it:
- has a deep,psychological thriller feel to it
- acting was above average
- an interesting plot and a very good first half

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the film bogs down massively when the second half begins
- the end feels rushed and pointless


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2 comments:

Mandy Southgate said...

Hmmm, I don't think I'd bother if it weren't for Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Ethan hawke. (The first two I assume are in it because of your tags...) The film wasn't well marketed either and I guess if it falls apart half way through then that is why.

Great review!

Jed Chua said...

Hi Emm,

Yeah, we agree they are a star-studded cast but maybe if this was the Nineties! :P

Marketing is also a key tool in promoting a movie. Just take a look at Paranormal Activity!

Hope to hear from you again.

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