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  • Starring: , ,
  • Summary: Two-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke plays Edward Dalton, a researcher in the year 2019, in which an unknown plague has transformed the world's population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human, or find a blood substitute before time runs out. However, a covert group of vampires makes a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race. (Lionsgate) Expand
  • Director: Michael Spierig
  • Genre(s): Action, Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 98 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. A darkly stylish horror film.
  2. Daybreakers is more serious, from its A-list cast to its political commentary, with blood as a metaphor for oil. Like the best genre films, it has something on its mind.
  3. 75
    Daybreakers has unexpected flashes of brilliance.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Starkey
    63
    A slick, bloody, fast-paced, and ultimately enjoyable B-movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    60
    The script doesn't wring many surprises or much character involvement from the premise, and the brothers' helming, while slick, is short on scares, action setpieces and humor.
  6. Reviewed by: Maitland McDonagh
    50
    The Spierigs have assembled a strong cast, but even their best efforts -- notably by Neill, whose Bromley is the ultimate vampire squid, tentacles wrapped around the face of this scary new world -- can't pump any real life into the bloodless script.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    30
    Any higher intentions are brought crashing down by predictability, wooden characters, giggle-inducing attempts at scares (shrieking bats, anyone?) and cinematography so gloomy it should be checked for serotonin deficiency.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 41
  2. Negative: 8 out of 41
  1. EdwardD.
    Feb 2, 2010
    8
    I can't believe all the nitpicking about this movie. I initially did not go to see this because of what I read. I thought it was a very interesting story....a new twist for a vampire story. It was very well done from start to finish.......quality acting, well known and interesting actors. I read one comment that Sam Neil's daughter added nothing. Wrong again, it added horror and pathos to the story. I enjoyed this movie more than "Sherlock Holmes". This held my interest where Sherlock started to bore me. I recommend this movie to anyone who is a horror fan. Expand
  2. Oct 1, 2010
    8
    I wanted to see a real vampire movie because of the Twilight invasion. And I loved it. Very hard to pick out what's bad about this movie. Finally no more embarrassing sparkly skin when in the sun. They stayed out of the sun, because they would catch on fire if they were in the sun. Interesting premise, intriguing story, Great acting, a real vampire story, and its an entertaining story and its fun. Its a bloody good time. Expand
  3. Aug 1, 2011
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Daybreakerâ Expand
  4. Feb 13, 2011
    6
    In this movie vampires have taken over and the human race is almost extinct leading to a blood shortage, if a blood substitute or a cure isn't found soon the vampires will turn into even more horrible bat like creatures, yeah it's as goofy as it sounds, and it ends up being an ok movie that most vampire maniacs will enjoy but for everyone else, it's an ok movie from beginning to end. Expand
  5. Jun 23, 2011
    5
    I watched Daybreakers rather reluctantly due the average critical reception it received at release and after watching last night I indeed can confirm how average the movie was from its production values to its entertainment value. Daybreakers has onboard some good actors with a some what different take on the future of vampires, but unfortunately neither the actors nor the story premise are very interesting to watch. The characters are pretty one dimensional and fail to make us care. Was there a love story between two characters in this movie? Was it a friendship? I after watching I'm not sure. In the end of the movie did I care to the outcome of the characters dilemma? Kinda i guess, but I wasnt sure. As the screenplay plays out it feels awkward and muddled; and some of the editing during scenes feels unnatural. The vampire theme in movies has been used a lot now, A LOT, and as I mentioned earlier the premise seems interesting at first but the film makers don't do a lot with it and in the end isn't particularly bad but hardly memorable either. I give Daybreakers a 5/10, it does exist, it is watchable, but is average - not particularly bad, but not good either. Expand
  6. KL
    Jan 21, 2010
    5
    Even though "Daybreakers" is pure fantasy........it would help if the premise it was set in was halfway believable. In less than 10 years we are led to believe that humans have virtually been wiped out and replaced by the vampires. But not even the black death,The Spanish flu, AIDS ,small pox couldn't come close to decimating the human race to such epic proportions as depicted in "DayBreakers". If Daybreakers was set 100 years from now then you might just have a more credible setting......but set just 10 years from now........not very credible at all. The action was okay.....but nothing not seen countless times before, but what let the film down most was the TERRIBLE.....TERRIBLE script......not even Sam Niell or Dafoe could improve things. There is most likely going to be a sequel......but please please employ somone that can write a decent script next time! Expand
  7. LomaxH
    Jan 13, 2010
    0
    Terrible. Couldn't make it to the halfway point. No further comment is necessary.

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