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DAYBREAKERS

In the year 2017, a plague has transformed almost every human on earth into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the dominant plots for their survival to continue their existence. Meanwhile, a researcher (Hawke) works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save the human race.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 14 Jan 2010
Genre: Action / Thriller / Science Fiction / Horror
Running Time: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
Distributor: SHAW ORGANISATION
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill
Director: Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig
Format: NA

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Watch this if you liked: “Near Dark”, “Sin City”, “Underworld”

Vampire movies seem to share the immortality of their subject matter - they simply don't die or go away. The novel thing about "Daybreakers" from the Australian Spierig twins ("Undead", 2003) is a 2019 premise where the undead grossly outnumber the living and we can see vampires in business suits, jeans and sports attire going about their daily lives, while human beings are farmed for blood in a futuristic "Matrix"-like environment to help sustain the macabre majority.

This post-apocalyptic scenario is cinematically delicious, if only to see a consumer lifestyle based on such a social arrangement. The story is centred on a blood doctor (a resurgent Ethan Hawke) who is trying to find a more satisfactory answer to a diminishing blood bank by formulating a usable replacement in his labs, financed by an evil corporation led by a supplier CEO (Sam Neill) who ironically sells blood through government endorsements. Thrown into the mix are a group of non-compliant human refugees led by a beautiful girl (Claudia Karvan) and also the rumoured revelation of a vampire (Willem Dafoe) who has turned human again via an unlikely mystery procedure. The key to the saving the world lies in this peculiar convert.

"Daybreakers" isn't "Twilight" but it does veer towards drama instead of action. However, the instances where action does come into play, they come in strong! It's an uneven story at best, punctuated by "Sin City" noir moments and yet culminating in a rather sci-fi climax that might not be completely satisfying to most audiences.

A solid cast keeps the story suspenseful and the movie as a whole does have its moments. It's a useful addition to the tired genre, although there's nothing groundbreaking here like the Russian "Nightwatch" movies. It's not really a scary movie but a half-decent attempt at sociological sci-fi.


Cinema Online, 25 January 2010
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
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PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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