Daybreakers (2009) Review

Daybreakers is an interesting movie. Most vampire films take place in a world where humans are hunted by vampires. Even True Blood and Twilight have humans and vampires living side by side. However, logic would dictate that since every bitten human becomes an immortal vampire, and every vampire needs human blood, before long everyone on Earth would be a vampire. Daybreakers takes place after this “Vampire Apocalypse” has already occured.

As I said, it’s interesting. We get to see what a vampire society would look like. It’s a lot like our society but just a little more animalistic. The vampires, despite their attempts at civility, are just more… primal.

Paris Hilton
Like how Paris Hilton tries to be a trendsetter, but is really just a filthy whore
 

The world here is really well thought out. It actually feels like “Yeah, this could happen.” I’m reminded of Gattaca, which is fitting since Ethan Hawke is in that film as well. Speaking of which, he’s alright in the movie, but Ethan is completely and utterly overshadowed by Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill.

Sam Neill is awesome as the big bad of the film. It takes a lot to be the definitive bad guy in a world full of vampires, but he pulls it off. He plays it like a mix of a corrupt politician / executive and Hannibal Lecter.

Willem Dafoe. The man’s absolutely nuts in a blender crazy, but it’s great to watch. He only has two emotions in this film: Hammy and Even More Hammy. He chews the scenery like it was made of Bazooka Joe. Basically, he tries his best to out-crazy Gary Busey.

Gary Busey
“I wear socks on my testicles!”
 

The gore in the film is pretty good. Not the best I’ve seen, but there are some great moments. When they test the “blood substitute” in one of the opening scenes, we get a hilariously brutal and abrupt head-splosion. Besides that, every time a vampire dies, they explode. The movie is very explodey.

Explosion
Hooray!

Final verdict: I really liked this movie. I give it 4.5 out of 5 Kazaams.

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