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Running Time:
1 hour, 38 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for strong bloody violence, language and brief nudity.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This is an enjoyable, fascinating, darkly stylish, sci-fi/vampire thriller featuring a whole lot of blood.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Commentary with co-directors Peter and Michael Spierig and creature designer Steve Boyle; "Making of Daybreakers" feture-length documentary; "The Big Picture" directors' short film; Bonus view storyboard and animatic on-screen comparison; Theatrical trailer; Poster art gallery; Lionsgate live ; BD Touch and Metamenu remote enabled.

Ethan Hawke ... Edward Dalton
Willem Dafoe ... 'Elvis' Cormac
Sam Neill ... Charles Bromley
Claudia Karvan ... Audrey Bennett
Isabel Lucas ... Alison Bromley
Michael Dorman ... Frankie Dalton
Vince Colosimo ... Christopher Caruso
Christopher Kirby ... Jarvis Bayom

Daybreakers with Ethan Hawke It is 2019, and a plague has turned nearly every human into a vampire, complete with beady orange eyes and fangs. They drink “blood coffee” topped with “blood whipped cream”. They smoke cigarettes and drive BMWs, but unfortunately, in this vampire world, there is one colossal predicament they must face - their blood supply is running dangerously low and many of them are  turning into rabid bat-like creatures called subsiders. Two human, Elvis and Audrey (Willem Dafoe  "Spider Man" and Claudia Karvan "Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith") are desperately trying to keep those like them safe while trying to find a cure for those who have been turned into vampires. Luckily they run into just the guy they need, The Bromley Marks blood bank's chief hematologist Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke "Before Sunset"), a vampire who refuses to indulge in human blood. His company has ordered him to devise a blood substitute, but he realizes that it’s not a substitute they need, but a cure.

Daybreakers was written and directed by
Michael and Peter Spierig ("Undead") who have come up with a fascinating premise and built an enthralling world around it, full of interesting characters; notably Charles Bromley (Sam Neill "Jurassic Park"), the creepy. heartless monster who runs the blood bank, Dalton's brother Frankie (Michael Dorman "West") who  has a way of making you hate him for his foolhardiness, yet you wonder if you’d make the same choices in his situation, and of course the quirky Lionel “Elvis” Cormac (Willem Dafoe) who provides the majority of the film’s comic relief.  He pretty much steals every scene in which he appears.

There seems to be a lot of story squeezed into a relatively short running time so it's easy to overlook Daybreakers’ draggy moments because much of this fascinating thriller is such a blast.   

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