Saturday, May 15, 2010

Daybreakers - A Review

This is one hell of an elaborated movie about vampires!

In the year 2019, the world was plague with disease where everyone on Earth turned to vampirism. The problem is now that the human blood they were farming were dying out and soon they will not have enough food. And vamps without food turns into ugly primitive bat-like creatures which are absolutely disgusting. So Chief Hematologist Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) tried to find a blood substitute. That is until he met a group of human fugitives and some ex-vampire nicknamed Elvis (Willem Dafoe) who showed him how to cure vampires by turning them back to human. Of course some corporate guy who farms human blood can't allow that to happen. Thus, the humans were exterminated but in the end the bad guys died a dreadful death and the good guys got away.

I really like the concept and the details of this movie. The whole daylight driving and night school stuff. Little details that tells the audience that the epidemic was going on for some time and that people were used to all this. I also like the idea that these vampires carry on life as usual, with blood drink stalls, subway, blood research lab and all. The whole concept and the idea of a world occupied by vampires is just so cool! And many other ideas such as human blood farming, ex vampire blood cures and all, surprises me in many ways.

Cinematography was normal but very realistic. The CGIs were pretty realistic too. Its doesn't even look fake. I totally believe the stuff, the freakish eyes, the ugly looking bat- like creatures, the gore... However, the soundtrack was a little mundane and nothing out of ordinary from the plot nor the acting. Even Willem Dafoe and Ethan Hawke seemed mundane.

However, this movie did raise a few questions... Should this phenomena really to happen, will the world choose vampirism? If the world is populated with vampires, is human farming moral since that is like their former selves? When the vampires got starved, who should be making the decisions about burning them? And how do human and vampires co-exist? Very thought provoking indeed.

Ratings : 6.5/10. If you are looking for action, look elsewhere...

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