Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Movie Review: DAYBREAKERS -- Breaking the Mold
DAYBREAKERS: Vampire Movie, Now on DVD. Buy on Amazon at this LINK.
Daybreakers is a well-conceived and unique vampire tale that entertains without repeating what we’ve all seen over and over in productions along this vein.
Vampire Edward (sorry, not Cullen) is a Hematologist employed by obscenely wealthy vampire Mr. Brownley (Sam Neill). His job is to find a blood substitute and soon because the human population is nearing extinction across the globe. 5% of the human race remains and there is not enough blood to feed the world’s citizens. Brownley is a proponent of farming the humans, and does so, but even that is not producing enough blood for the entire country.
Edward has sympathy for the humans who remain. He feels for the farmed humans in his company’s storage facilities. We find out that he was duped into changing into a vampire and deep down, wishes to be mortal. Enter a couple of humans who are aware of a cure for vampirism, and Edward realizes that there may be hope for him yet. But what of all the vampires in power who rather enjoy their bloodlust existence?
Here is where Daybreakers turns right when all other similar stories go left. A character study develops before your eyes as some wish to be human, some wish to remain vampires and some are willing to die so that others may live. Without any mention of a God or Higher Power, a spiritual element enters when Edward discovers how to become human again—through fire and through water. I cannot say any more without spoiling key plot elements, but I think you’ll pick them out. Anyone with a few years Sunday School under their belt will recognize the elements I am leaving out.
Daybreakers is a 5-Star film in all categories. Warning: there is some gore attached to the vampire violence, but hey—they're not angels, guys. Vampires are devils. Hence the bloodlust. Let’s not forget that, lest we forget what it means to be human.
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