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Sunday, January 17, 2010

MOVIE REVIEW: "DAYBREAKERS"

    With all the hype from the vampire craze in recent years from "True Blood" to "Twilight" it's nice to have a little originality! "Daybreakers" is a unique twist on the vampire movie that starts out with a great idea, but...some of the plot points are significantly lacking and ultimately make little sense in the end. The world is recovering from a major viral outbreak in the near future and the only way to survive is for the population to become VAMPIRES! Although they may be the blood-sucking living dead for the most part, people go about their daily lives, they work, they play, children go to school even...but, only at night! Anyway, Edward Dalton, a hematologist, played by Ethan Hawke (WOW, ETHAN HAWKE!) and his boss Charles Bromley played by Sam Neil (The Dinosaur Man from Jurassic Park!) work for a major corporation who harvest blood from the remnants of the human population who are kept (naked!) in giant "milking" facilities where they are drained of every last drop for the ever thirsty vampire population. Problem is, there's a "drought" and they're running out of blood! And those vampires who don't get enough blood in their diet soon mutate into bizarre rat-like, bat-winged FREAKS! Ethan Hawke, unlike his brother Frankie (Michael Dorman) is tired of being a vampire and seeks to find a cure. He soon finds an underground resistance of humans led by 'Elvis' (Willem Dafoe), a former vampire who through a freak accident was miraculously cured and with Edwards help tries to develop that cure to be reproduced. The only problem is vampires like Sam Neil, LIKE being vampires and they don't want a cure. Well, too bad!
    "Daybreakers" is a fairly exciting and original vampire movie with some very "Blade-esque" qualities, the only annoying aspect is that although the world is full of vampires, there's really nothing interesting about them until they start mutating. They even still drink Starbucks coffee...just, with blood in it. "I'll have a Grande Mocha
Frappuccino topped with whipped cream and AB+, thanks."