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Movie Review - Daybreakers

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A few years back a great Australian film came out called ‘Undead’ in which twin brother film makers, ‘The Spierig Brothers’,  gave us a low budget, but very high concept, horror comedy. Having done most of the CG (computer graphics) themselves, the film punched above its weight.  However, I feel it didn’t bring in as large an audience as it should have done. Then again, if your film looks a little low budget that always lowers its chance of doing well, with a few huge exceptions being films like ‘Open Water’ and ‘The Blair Witch Project’. So with a seven year gap between films I was more than happy to buy a ticket and check out their latest offering with ‘Daybreakers’.

“In a world 10 years into the future, vampires make up the vast majority of the population with only 5% of the human race remaining. This presents particular challenges as the vampires' food supply - human blood - is dwindling and rationing is now the norm. There is growing evidence that vampires deprived of an adequate blood supply are themselves evolving into wild, vile creatures that attack anyone and anything in order to survive. Dr. Edward Dalton, a vampire and hematologist who works for a pharmaceutical firm, has been working on finding an artificial blood supply that will meet the vampire society's needs. He is sympathetic to humans and sees his work as a way of alleviating their suffering but his views on finding a solution change considerably when he meets someone who found a way to transform himself from being a vampire to again take human form.”

With my recollection of ‘Undead’ being a bit of a tongue-in-cheek movie, I expected the same with ‘Daybreakers’ but instead it was a film that took itself way too seriously. It created a semi-interesting world but took the whole vampire clichés, such as no reflections and exploding if a stake went into their hearts, to the max which felt old and stale. With vampires currently being huge business, everyone is doing a different take on them and I felt this film was just too basic in how they showed the vampires. Add in some pretty bad dialogue and a few dodgy story choices and you are left with a film that just never really worked. It had a half decent climax to the story but even then it left you with many questions and a feeling of a sub-par movie.

6.5 out of 10 from me.

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