It would be an understatement to say that Hollywood has released a plethora of vampire movies in recent years, undoubtedly thanks to the success of the Twilight series of books and films. I have yet to experience Twilight first-hand, but the things I have heard are less than appealing. Daybreakers in the the position to right the wrongs that have been perpetrated on the vampire name. And for the most part, it does the job.
Daybreakers starts off a lot like the Blade series (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing), and places the vampires in a science-fiction setting. It’s hard to remember a vampire movie in recent years that didn’t take place in, at the earliest, modern times. The last movie to go back to Transylvania was 2004’s Van Helsing, at least in wide-released films (aka, movies I have seen). The setting gives us the interesting circumstance of a world overrun with vampires and a shortage of humans to supply them food, which, if vampires existed, could be a very real future.
Everything in the movie starts out great. The story moves along at a nice pace, the casting was excellent. The movie never feels like it’s taking too long and the plot actually makes sense, for the most part. If anything, it’s the fact that everything goes smoothly that may be the movies biggest flaw.
The movie needs two things: a beginning and an end. When I say that the story flow and the plot make sense, I say that regarding what story they give us. We know that nearly everyone is a vampire, but how did they get there? Was it a disease? What about that bat they talked about? How long did it take? You get the idea. And as for the end… it doesn’t really have one. The movie sets itself up for a perfect ending, but then goes nowhere with it. It’s hard to go into detail without spoiling anything, but just know that if you see this movie, don’t go into it expecting to walk out fulfilled.