DAYBREAKERS

Not Quite Successful

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Release Date: January 08, 2010

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Claudia Karvan,
Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill,
Michael Dorman, and Isabel
Lucas

Genre: Science Fiction/Horror

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 98 minutes

Distributor: Lionsgate Films

Director: Peter and Michael Spierig

Executive Producer: Jason Constantine and Peter
Block

Producer: Sean Furst, Bryan Furst, and
Chris Brown

Writer: Peter and Michael Spierig

Address Comments To:

Jon Feltheimer, CEO, Lionsgate
AKA Lions Gate Films
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200; Fax: (310) 255-3870
Website: www.lionsgatefilms.com

Content:

(B, C, Acap, LLL, VVV, NN, D, MM) Light moral worldview of trying to find a cure for a disease that has turned most people into vampires, with some light redemptive elements (including man says he prayed to God), especially toward the end, that eventually fade and some light anti-capitalist elements; 31 obscenities (more than half are “f” words), three GDs, and one My God; very strong, sometimes graphic and gory, violence includes human body explodes, deformed vampire creature explodes, vampires tear flesh while attacking people and one another, human shot with tranquilizer arrows, fighting, man drinks human blood out of wine glass, vampire refuses to drink human blood in wine bottle and throws it against refrigerator door where bottle breaks into pieces, man tasered, vampires catch on fire when sun hits them, chase scene; no sex scenes; upper female nudity in large room where unconscious nude humans are used for their blood; no alcohol use; smoking and human beings are shot with tranquilizer arrows; and, lying, kidnapping, bad father figure, betrayal.

Summary:

DAYBREAKERS is a science fiction thriller about a scientist racing to find a cure for the vampire disease that has struck Earth’s population. A disappointing ending throws DAYBREAKERS off the tracks. The movie’s gory violence and foul language are excessive.

Review:

DAYBREAKERS is a science fiction thriller set in a world where a disease has turned most of humanity into vampires.

Ethan Hawke plays Ed Dalton, a vampire scientist working for the company that supplies human blood to the population. Ten years after the disease struck in 2009, the company is running out of human victims. So, Ed is working on a blood substitute that will keep people alive without drinking human blood.

Ed saves the life of a human woman who prowls the area for the few people who are still human. She asks him to diagnose why one man apparently has been cured of his vampirism. They rush to repeat the cure and get an antidote before the vampire military hunting humans captures them.

Ed’s boss doesn’t really want to find a complete cure, however. He also wants to save the dwindling human blood for himself and other members of the power elite. Helping Ed’s boss is Ed’s brother, Frankie, who also likes being a vampire.

A disappointing ending throws DAYBREAKERS off the tracks. Even so, the movie has its exciting moments, but it also has its gory, blood-soaked elements as well. Unlike I AM LEGEND, another movie about trying to find a cure for vampirism, DAYBREAKERS does not have any strong references to Christianity or God. The ending has hints of redemption in it, but they fade away suddenly. The movie’s gory violence and foul language are excessive.

In Brief:

DAYBREAKERS is a science fiction thriller set in a world where a disease has turned most of humanity into vampires. Ethan Hawke plays Ed Dalton, a vampire scientist working for the company that supplies human blood to the population. The company is running out of human victims, so Ed is working on a blood substitute that will keep people alive without drinking human blood. Ed saves the life of a human woman who prowls the area for the few people who are still human. She asks Ed to diagnose why one man has apparently been cured of his vampirism. They rush to repeat the cure on Ed and get an antidote before the vampire military hunting humans captures them.

A disappointing ending throws DAYBREAKERS off the tracks. Even so, the movie has its exciting moments, but it also has its gory, blood-soaked elements as well. Unlike I AM LEGEND, another movie about trying to find a cure for vampirism, DAYBREAKERS does not have any strong references to Christianity. The ending has hints of redemption in it, but they fade away suddenly. The movie’s gory violence and foul language are excessive.