You knew it was inevitable! Especially with the release of the new vampire flick Daybreakers. It’s not Vampire Diaries, True Blood or ugh Twilight but it does deal with similar ..recurring themes like the tortured soul, which seem to be present in all fang-related films.
While the prominent aspects of the film deal with a mostly sanguin-starved vampire population, a dwindling blood supply, and vampires who become bat..men?, it also deals with struggling to survive humans and Head hematologist Edward Dalton played by Ethan Hawke who is SURPRISE the conflicted soulless individual.
Firstly, the Daybreakers script predates the first Twilight book by about a year so it should be kept in mind that it was a fresh, explosive idea long before sparkly Edward and lost-without-a-notion Bella. Oh, and that the name Edward was introduced in Daybreakers first. However, these two Edwards are strikingly similar in that they
both avoid drinking human blood, possess the same golden eyes and have romantic tension that never comes to any sort of fruition other than hand-holding. Fun! Where Daybreakers differ however is much more interesting as we are taken into a dark world where vampires fear the well, we’ll call them bat-men, who are vampires who haven’t had blood for a prolonged period of time. There is also the idea of being able to transform back from fanged to human again and the obvious vampire-ruled world and human farms.
A few problems we had were Willem Dafoe’s hokey accent or maybe it was the script? and him or vampire storm troopers showing up a little too conveniently and obviously, misplaced horror music, which seemed more comical than serious and the dissatisfying and ridiculous ending, which left us with a confused taste in our mouth. Can you even taste confused? Who knows but we did. Now, unless they are making a two-part series or a trilogy, there was something amiss with the end of that film.
We don’t want to give too much away but even though it was well-filmed, it dragged on a little longer than it needed to and had a few key elements missing that would have otherwise made it a great film.
But really, can anyone ever say no to a vampire movie?