Blu-ray Review: "Daybreakers"

It is the year 2019 and the vast majority of the population has been turned into vampires. Only five percent of the world are humans and that leaves the vampires without a sustainable food supply. Lower class vampires are wasting away and reverting into bat-like creatures while the upper class is looking for a blood substitute. Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) is a leading hematologist who happens to come in contact with Elvis Cormac (Willem Defoe), a human who has been cured of the vampire virus. Dalton and Cormac work to create a mass cure while being hunted by Charles Bromley (Sam Neill) and his army who don't want to be cured.

First off, I am not really a fan of horror movies, particularly those centered around vampires. They just don't do it for me. But I was suckered into "Daybreakers" because of the interesting plot line. And I have to say, there's a really good movie in here somewhere. The cast is strong all around and the story is solid with some new innovations into the vast catalog of vampire legend. In the end, however, there are just too many holes and wasteful, gratuitous scenes to call this "good." It's actually quite disappointing in that the directors (the Spierig brothers) come up with some truly original ideas concerning the story and then resort to B-movie rubbish to fill in the other 45 minutes of the film. All in all it's not a complete lost cause. Instead  "Daybreakers" has just enough good to make the bad all the more frustrating.

Grade: C+