1 hour, 38 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for strong bloody violence, language and brief nudity.
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
| 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.