No longer just nocturnal, they now run the show — day and night. Between their immortality and designer clothes, there isn't a True Blood
Can't drive during the day? Fit cars with blackout windows and drive by video screen. Need blood? It's farmed in gigantic dairy-styled processing facilities where the few surviving humans are captured and then sucked dry.
But that blood supply is about to run out, a cause of concern for the blood baron (
Daybreakers is a stylish but unavoidably silly sci-fi vampire thriller shot in that Matrix/Gattaca futurescape of
Then Edward stumbles into the human underground (
The best scenes are between Hawke and Neill, who wears a mean pair of fangs and makes their moments together sort of a Job Interview With the Vampire. Neill almost makes the environmental parable at play here (greedy capitalist using up resources) work.
But those moments are lost once the standard issue explode-in-sunlight/stake-through-the-heart business revs up. Daybreakers reminds us that from Twilight to Underworld, True Blood to The Vampire Diaries, this is one genre where supply has utterly overwhelmed demand.
A dominant race plots its survival in 2019.
With Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill. Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig.
Running time: 98 minutes
Rated R: Violence, language, brief nudity