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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

DAYBREAKERS

By D.E.Levine

Directors: Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig
Writers: Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig
Producers: Chris Brown, Byran Furst and Sean Furst
Co-producer: Todd Fellman
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Isabel Lucas, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill, Claudia Karvan, Jay Laga'aia, Michael Dorman, Vince Colosimo, Christopher Kirby, Emma Randall, Michelle Atkinson, Robyn Moore, Mungo McKay, Mark Finden, Selina Kadell, Renai Caruso, Joel Amos Byrnes, David Knijnenburg, Jack Bradford, Paul Sonikkila, Gavin Coleman, Joel Spreadborough, Peter Welman, Eddie L. Fauria, Matthew Wollaston
Original Music: Christopher Gordon
Running Time: 98 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States-Australia
Language: English
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action

Daybreakers has a novel premise. A Sci-Fi thriller set in 2019 of the future, nearly all of humanity has turned vampire and the mortal population is nearing extinction, along with their valuable blood.

Ten years before a blood infection started turning most of the world into vampire bloodsuckers while those remaining mortal became fugitives.

The shortage of fresh blood is causing worldwide panic and those vampires who are suffering starvation from lack of blood mutate into batlike creatures, beginning with Spock-like ears.

Edward, chief hematologist at a firm headed by CEO Charles Bromsley, is working long hours on an artificial blood substitute.

Edward was turned vampire by his brother, but refuses to drink human blood and sympathizes with the mortals. Helping a small group of mortals avoid capture, Edward is introduced to Elvis, who has discovered a method to make vampires mortal again.

Most of the film shows Edward and his mortal friends trying to avoid capture by the Vampire Army to which Edward's brother Frankie is a member and loyalist. While avoiding capture they experiment with the method to turn vampires back into healthy mortals.

The corporate types that are becoming both rich and dictatorial, don't want Edward and his mortal friends to succeed. They stand to lose a fortune and their dominance if it happens.

I liked the film, although violence abounds. Besides, vampires are in vogue right now and Daybreakers will probably do quite well. However, since the vampires are so ordinary and lead such ordinary lives they've lost the mystique and magical powers that normally accompany their vampireness.

Will ordinary vampires be as fascinating to the viewer as mystical, superhuman vampires?