Movie Mondays 1: Daybreakers – 4-out-of-5 T’s


For the last few years, one of the few film franchises guaranteed to act as a money-printer is the Twilight Saga. As a fan of folklore, the sheer lack of anything remotely resembling a vampire in these films has hurt my brain in more ways then I care to think about. So, when Daybreakers was being advertised, two emotions occurred: 1. exhaustion (crap, another vampire movie) and 2. a faint glimmer of hope that maybe it wouldn’t suck (like Twilight).
It didn’t suck.
It’s a new way to look at the Vampire-mythos: aside from the fact that they’re, y’know, immortal blood drinkers that can’t get a tan, they’re just regular people. Most of humanity has been “turned”, and the humans that are left are sucked dry in factories.
What I liked about this film, what I really liked, is that it posits the theory that, even though we’ve been turned immortal and burst into flame when exposed to sunlight, we still destroy what we depend on.
The great thing about this film is that they didn’t really change anything: in the Blade movies, vampirism is a disease that can be scientifically quantified. In the Vampire’s Apprentice, one can become a “half-vampire” and they even have something called a “vampanese” (no idea). In *shudder* Twilight, they sparkle in the sunlight. These guys didn’t try to change the idea of vampires to fit into their stories, they sat down and took a look at what would probably actually happen if all of humanity became immortal and dependent on human blood.
They even offer a cure that is completely new, and absolutely brilliant and obvious. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but it’s really a great idea.
And there’s plenty of explosions; not the dynamite or C-4 kind, but the “this-guy-just-got-staked-and-rapidly-combusted” kind. There are some great scenes of that.
All around, I thought this was a great film, and totally worth admission price. My only problem with it is that it was only like an hour-and-a-half. I want to see more of this world. Though, I’d rather have watched a movie I loved that was too short than a movie I hated that was too long. These guys packed a lot of awesome into 90 minutes.
Daybreakers. Check it out.

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