Monday, March 7, 2011

Flix - Daybreakers

I remember seeing the trailer for this and thinking it looked like an interesting concept. But I didn't catch up with it until this weekend when I saw it was added to Netflix streaming. Vampires won and now control the world, pretty simple. Except, humans are nearly extinct and now the vampires don't have a source of blood. Right off, I'm not a big vampire fan, but this is apocalyptic territory, which I am a big fan of.

It's sort of hinted that the vampire thing was the result of a virus that spread across the world. Ethan Hawke is a vampire scientist trying to invent a perfect blood substitute. All this time, the corporation he works for has been farming humans, but they are dying off. It's crisis time for the vampires. The lack of blood is turning them into mindless bat creatures. Eventually, Hawke is approached by a band of humans hiding out. Among them, Willem Dafoe, looking like an old, grizzled Oliver Queen (Green Arrow). Turns out, he was a vampire, but was accidentally cured. This is why the humans need Hawke. Together they search for a cure to vampirism.

Ultimately, the movie draws some great parallels between corporate consumer culture and vampires. Some of it is a little too on the nose, but it's still a good try for what's basically a sci-fi action flick.

I wouldn't call this a great movie, but it's a good time killer. Overall, the atmosphere was dark and cold. No one sparkles in this movie, but they do catch fire. I give it 3 out of 5. . . . hmmm. . . . I haven't thought up a good rating system. Anyone?

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