Vampires have truly become a mainstream phenomena and we’ve seen
everything from books to TV series and a wide gamut of films... let's
not mention the "T" word though. But as a cliché,
many of these ideas feature those dark and brooding vampires, however Daybreakers
by Australian writers/directors Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig have
added a unique twist to this vampiric legacy.
At times, Daybreakers
is reminiscent of The Matrix where machines have become the alpha power on
Earth, however in this movie, it is the vampires. Humans on the other
hand, are now a
commodity for these blood suckers who are farmed for their blood. But
just like in the real-world, vampires have forced humans to become an
protagonist in Daybreakers is Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke), a
vampire haematologist who is attempting to master an artificial blood
substitute for his employer, Bromley Industries. However as the
hostilities towards those vampires in power begins to escalate, holding
order on this world is quite a difficult prospect, especially when blood
begins to be rationed out.
film, vampires have employed a variety of techniques to keep them alive
such as alarms to warn them of sunset or day suits which allow them to
walk in the sun. But their world is far from perfect, especially when a
small group of humans exist to thwart their plans led by Lionel
McCormack (Willem Dafoe) or Elvis to his friends.
To complicate things even more,
those vampires who have gone without human blood for too long, have
become subsiders, mindless and violent animalistic bat like creatures. Needless to say, things are grim.
However, during Dalton’s
search for a synthetic form of human blood, he unwittingly stumbles
across a group of freedom fighters who are led by a former vampire
Elvis who believes that he has the cure for this
shattered world. Thus begins a battle of good versus evil is this epic
action movie about one of the world’s most
sort after genres, vampires.
merging of ideas and genres, The Spierigs have created a clever movie
that is only made better by the brilliant acting of Dafoe and Hawke who
really get into their character. Sam Neil also stars in Daybreakers
as the nefarious CEO of Bromley Industries and truly encompasses his
character with a penance of evil. As the movie was filmed in Australia,
we have several great aussie actors gracing this movie as well that
include the beautiful and talented Claudia Karvan and Isabel Lucas who
add a touch of realism to this very dark film.
Blu-ray, the video quality looks brilliant in FULL HD and even though
the movie is quite muted at times due to the dark colours and
environments, the images are quite sharp and the attention to detail is very
impressive. Match that with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 and you have one
impressive cinematic treat from the comfort of your home. When it comes
to special features this disc has quite a bit from audio commentary by
the writers/director to featurettes, trailers and a short film called
the Big Picture. Not bad indeed!
Commentary with Co-Directors Peter and Michael Spierig and Creature
Designer Steve Boyle
The Making of Daybreakers - feature length version
Short Film - The Big Picture
Bonus View Storyboard and Animatic Comparision
can’t get enough of vampires, than I would strongly recommend
Daybreakers because not only does it attempt to break some of the
stereotypes, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable movie from start to finish and
challenges this already stagnant genre.
Elvis Presley once said Truth is like
the sun, you can shut it off for a time but it aint going away