“Say what you want about the vampire craze. Im not tired of it. Although I am annoyed that some of the lesser vamps kinda tarnish the image for all of them. But I’ve loved vampires since Edward Cullen had braces (maybe not, but its been a while) and will still love them once this fad is over.
While I have my core vamp lore that I love above all others (sorry I didnt mean for that to rhyme so much) namely that by Anne Rice and Joss Whedon, and lately Charlaine Harris, Im always really interested to see the mythology and vampire “”rules”” that someone else comes up with. That aspect tends to be kinda make or break for me. If you’re gonna stray from the usual, you’d \m/ better incorporate it in well. And if you’re creating something new, introduce it in a smart way. Otherwise, Im gone. That said, I would like to take this moment to applaud Daybreakers for the vampire world it created.
What was unique about this universe is that humans were the minority. I loved the opening sequence with its mix of backstory and vamp-centric advertisements, and snapshot of how the current world operates (ie, sign for school zone speed limit in effect from 2am – 3am). And that is what surrounded the morally gray area the film lived in. I just got off the phone with my parents and my daddy, in reference to the movie, asked me who won. My response was that it depends on how you look at it. “”You mean what side you’re on?”” “”No, more what outcome you wanted””. I just love that
The setup may have sucked me in, but the story kept me glued to it. Nothing too particularly spectacular, but it was very streamlined and interesting. Without going into spoilertastic detail, I’ll just say that I liked the way it played out and eventually concluded.
Big fan of Ethan Hawke. Have been since Training Day (although in my head it always takes me a minute to remember he was in Training Day, not Seven). He made quite the sexy conflicted vampire (very Angel-like, Angel as in formerly Angelus not as in Gabriel or Michael). Sam Neil was quite creepy as the evil corporate undead dude. Happy as always to see Willem Dafoe. Given some of his acting history (Cirque Du Freak, Shadow of the Vampire), he too seems to be quite the vamp lover.
Oh and yes, there was blood. Lots. A bit on the gratiutous side for most tastes, but I happen to enjoy that sorta thing. Most of the movie had a dim yet sleek look to it, and the bright red blood was a cool contrast to that.
Yes, I know Im gonna prolly get a good deal of negative votes on Rotten Tomatoes for giving this flick such high praise. Keep in mind, I rate based on enjoyability and entertainment value, not necessarily quality. And I verily enjoyed it and was thoroughly entertained. While that may mostly be because I’m a fangbanger, Im a very picky one at that. Not just any movie that has hot guys with pointy teeth is gonna get my approval.
Daybreakers – \m/ \m/ \m/ \n”