Daybreakers is a vampire-themed movie released January 6, 2010. Although the obvious release date of the movie is to harness the vampire mania to improve ticket sales, it’s no reason to ignore the movie. After all, the movie features established actors such as Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill.


The Movie is centered on Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke), a vampire who lives in a world controlled by vampires. They are facing an immediate crisis of running out of human blood because humans is nearing extinction. Edward accidentally found a group of humans with a very interesting discovery and mayhem ensues.

The movie is more like a sci-fi rather than a pure vampire flick. Blood shortage could be attributed to anything – food, fuel, oxygen or anything important to the human race or vampires for this movie. This relatively generic theme made the movie one of the “me too” films because the premise has very little imagination or relation to the vampire. If you’re looking for a powerful vampire-theme, check out “Let the Right One In”.

On the other hand, the performance of Ethan Hawke and Willem Defoe is commendable. Although Ethan Hawke has doubts about the film and ultimately declaring it as a bit of a campy movie, this did not prevent him from giving the character some justice. Willem Defoe as always, entertains the viewers with his quirky attitude.

Overall, the movie is a great Friday night film. It may not attract critical reviews but it has a great movie theme with unique story line for vampires.

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