By Jack Rico
Rated: R for strong bloody violence, language and brief nudity.
Release Date: 2010-01-08
Starring: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Official Website: http://daybreakersmovie.com/
Daybreakers has an intriguing premise: What would happen if a mass vampire epidemic swept across the planet and humans – the major food source – became endangered? The best parts of Daybreakers relate to exploring the society that might emerge in such a situation, including the potential economic, political, technological, and military implications. Ethan Hawke stars.
The movie is effectively interwoven into the story’s tapestry, and may intrigue those who have grown weary of standard-order vampire movies. In addition to the back story, the movie raises questions about ideas as far ranging as what it means to be human and the morality of ethnic cleansing (an allegorical aspect). Daybreakers is primarily an adventure/thriller, and there are plenty of traditional elements, but more thought went into mapping out the scenario than one often uncovers in this sort of motion picture.
In an era when the vampire concept has become marginalized by writers and movie-makers principally concerned with cashing in on a payday and promoting necrophilia, it’s refreshing to discover directors who return to the old school concepts as an inspiration for something different in some ways from what we’re accustomed to.