Daybreakers is a good film but it isn’t the vampire tour de force some had hoped it would be based on the trailers. The film is still good as it’s quite nice visually and has some good acting but the story is missing a certain amount of depth to it which hinders things a bit. It’s nice that we have a vampire movie that doesn’t have romance or is merely gore porn as Daybreakers does some unique things and is a solid film to check out if you have your expectations dialed down a bit. If you like the aspects of vampire society that was shown in the first “Blade” movie then you’ll probably love Daybreakers as it’s that amped up a bit.
The style of the film is good and the Spierig Brothers show their talent in directing despite this only being their second film. Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe turn in nice performances with Sam Neill being the best out of the bunch as the antagonist. Thankfully Daybreakers doesn’t hold back with the gore and doesn’t have CG blood and all around has some nice special effects.
The story is a bit weak at times with under developed characters. For a world whose population is mostly vampires the exact rise of that society is laid out a bit too conveniently. Even though the gore is awesome it may be a bit too much for some, especially at the end of the film which as a whole falls apart a bit.
In this day and age vampires just aren’t what they used to be. Sure, they still have that mystique to them but for the most part they’ve been relegated to starring in the dreams of women, and surely a few men, due to the craze of Twilight and True Blood. For a good portion of their history aside from being romanticized vampires were also extremely deadly and frightening creatures that just didn’t fall in love with girls and sparkle in the sun.