Monday, January 11, 2010

Daybreakers shouldn't really have seen the light of day...

Traditionally the New Year isn't a great time for movies so I knew there'd be slim pickings at the cinema today, but after my recent surgery I wanted to get out of the house and watch a nice trashy movie to pass the time.

With Daybreakers I managed to achieve both objectives, but sadly wished I hadn't, as it doesn't really deserve to be seen on the big screen.
Daybreakers film billboard
The central sci-fi concept behind the film is that a virus has transformed the majority of the Earth's population into vampires and humans are now farmed for blood and that supply is rapidly diminishing.

Without human blood the general population of vampires are starting to devolve into animalistic 'nosferatu' looking creatures, whilst other vampire scientists search for a usable blood substitute. In the meantime the remaining humans struggle to survive and avoid being captured as a food source.
Daybreakers movie poster
So that's the initial set-up of the movie, and to be honest it doesn't get anymore complicated than that. Daybreakers lacks any depth and any real exploration of these interesting sci-fi concepts.

The unsettling image of naked humans on racks being farmed for their blood is the most interesting visual in the film, but sadly the action takes us away from this imagery and into the familiar world of crossbows and stakes through the heart.

Thankfully these are not your romanticised vampires that inhabit the worlds of Twilight or Interview with a Vampire, so at least that's a refreshing change, but that just means the film has more gore than frights.

When you see a film with Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill you know you're not in for an amazingly original movie, but sometimes you hope for a nice little cult hit rumbling under the surface. Sadly this is not the case.
Daybreakers film poster
Ultimately I'm not enough of a horror fan, and there's not enough of a story to warrant more than a one * star rating for Daybreakers.

I'd read in Entertainment Weekly that this film was initially shot in 2007 and has suffered a twenty-eight month delay to get the big screen treatment. I think they should have saved time and money and let it go straight to DVD.

Let's hope the rest of the year's movies prove to be better than this...

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