22 February 2011

Movies: Daybreakers

Daybreakers http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0433362/
Plot: Vampires pretty much completely take over the world. Humans nearly extinct - to the point that vampires are starving. Now what do we eat?
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill, Willem Dafoe, other folks.
Great premise. Decent core cast. Okay movie.

As vampires have completely replaced humans as top sentient beings in the world, they now run all the businesses and stuff. And build cool cars that can black out the windows in the daytime so the vampire can drive with cameras showing them the outside. And the vampire military goes out hunting remaining humans so they can warehouse them and drain their blood to sell to the vampire populace.
In this flick, becoming a vampire didn't stamp out the greed for money - and the whole supply dwindling + increased demand = only the rich vampires are getting their RDA of blood.
Vampirism didn't stamp out walking vaginas either - like Ethan Hawke - he's an emopire. "Oh I hate being a vampire. I've been 35 for 10 birthdays now. I hate eating people. I wanna come up with a tasty nutritious blood substitute that doesn't cause test vampires to bubble up then explode, but I can't figure it out. It's so hard. I'm gonna look like I'm about to cry now."


Vampire lore they kept: Immortality, stay the same age you were turned. Sunlight = dead vampire (bursting into flames type). Stake through the heart = exploding vampire. Vicious bloodthirsty human ripping machines when they want/are driven to be.  Pretty much in line with the gold standard of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
New vampire lore: if the vamps don't feed on enough human blood they devolve into leathery naked human-sized bat things that'll eat anything. If the vamps feed on other vamps too much, or on themselves, they devolve even faster. And a cure that I won't explain because it'll ruin the watchability of the movie. Vampires will be greedy corporate bastards just like humans.

All in all not too bad on the vampire lore bit, although they sure civilized themselves quite a bit. But I suppose they had to - they outnumbered the humans by a lot. And humans don't like to be cattle so they tend to not stay in their ranches. As I mentioned before - good movie premise overall. The plot moves pretty well, then gets kinda muddled. Some plot points get inexplicably dropped by the end of the movie.
Nevertheless interesting enough take on the subject to be worth watching, if you like vampire movies that aren't really emopire movies in disguise. Heck - 30 Days of Night is worth watching just because the vampires are vicious calculating people eating machines and not emopires.

(original post 24 Jun 2010)

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