Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig Screenplay: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill, Claudia Karvan, Willem Dafoe Time: 99min Age Restriction: 16LVP
Daybreakers is a gruesome, bloodthirsty vampire film that will have you digging your nails into your armrest at the very least.
I haven't seen a horror film in ages and Daybreakers scared the heck out of me.
The world is overrun with vampires and human blood is as essential to them as water is to us. But the human race is fast becoming extinct and the few remaining humans are being hunted and farmed for their blood, while more and more blood-deprived vampires are mutating into deformed, desperate beasts.
Ethan Hawke plays a vampire named Edward (but no, he's not a Cullen and Daybreakers is most certainly nothing like Twilight!). Edward is a scientist intent on discovering a blood substitute that will save the humans by slaking the vampires' thirst without needing to slaughter people for it.
But will the vampires really be satisfied with a substitute when they've already tasted the real thing?
The plot of Daybreakers is clever and original right up until the very end, which just gets ridiculous.
Daybreakers is a bloodcurdling film hinting at the effects of corporate greed and the lust for power that will keep your heart racing and your stomach feeling more than a little queasy.