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May 28, 2010

There won’t be blood

Filed under: Their Films — Rajeev @ 11:47 pm

May 28, 2010

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sam Neil, Willem Dafoe

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig

Vampire movies are the cash cow in Hollywood currently, and if the multi-million dollar grossing “Twilight” franchise isn’t proof enough, then don’t forget they’re also doing an American remake of the excellent Swedish vampire film “Let The Right One In”.

Latest big-screen vamp-saga “Daybreakers” is set sometime in the near future when the world is almost entirely populated by vampires, and humans are hunted to the brink of extinction. No wonder there’s a worldwide blood famine taking place, which is slowly turning the starved fangsters into violent bat-like beasts.

Meanwhile, earnest vampire scientist Edward (played by Ethan Hawke) must figure out a solution, or find a substitute for human blood before it’s too late.

Shot as a darkly stylish horror film, “Daybreakers” does have some moments of pure jump-in-your-seat thrills, like that early scene in which a creature swoops into a kitchen and hangs itself upside down from the ceiling, growling as if hungry for a midnight meal. Or the scene in which a bunch of heavily disfigured vampires are chained and led into the sunlight to meet with a flaming end.

“Daybreakers” is entertaining as long as it doesn’t take itself too seriously and pretend to be a B-movie with a conscience. There are some cheesy turns by veteran actors like Sam Neil and Willem Dafoe, but ultimately the film is too long for its own good. If you can get over the sluggish pace and the convenient twist in the end, it’s not an unwatchable film.

I’m going with two out of five for “Daybreakers”. The doomsday feel and the stark production design give it strong visual appeal, even if the plot itself is hard to appreciate beyond a point.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

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