Daybreakers - Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities
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.
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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Film action supernatural vampire blood supply virus human hunt Australia harvest
Persons of interest
- Willem Dafoe .... Elvis
- Isabel Lucas .... Alison Bromley
- Ethan Hawke .... Edward
- Sam Neill .... Charles Bromley
- Claudia Karvan .... Audrey Bennett
- Jay Laga'aia .... Senator Turner
- Vince Colosimo .... Christopher
- Christopher Kirby .... Jarvis Bayom
- Emma Randall .... Ellie Landon
- Michelle Atkinson .... Mother
- Michael Dorman .... Frankie Dalton
- Mungo McKay .... Colin Briggs
- Robyn Moore .... Forensic Investigator
- Mark Finden .... Young Vampire Cadet
- Selina Kadell .... Debate News Anchorwoman
- Renai Caruso .... Coffee Shop Attendant
- Joel Amos Byrnes .... Security Guard
- David Knijnenburg .... Vampire Commuter
- Paul Sonkkila .... General Williams
- Jack Bradford .... Security Guard
- Gavin Coleman .... Vampire Chief
- Michael Spierig .... Screenwriter
- Peter Spierig .... Screenwriter
- Michael Spierig .... Director
- Peter Spierig .... Director
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- Awards and film festivals:
- Australian Film Institute (AFI) 2010: Won: Visual effects award (Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig, Rangi Sutton, James Rogers, Randy Vellacott); Nominated: Best original screenplay (Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig)
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This report is embargoed until 8 January 2010.
There have been a zillion vampire movies but of all those films that I've seen, Daybreakers is the first to finally answer my biggest question: What happens when the blood runs out? Do they start drinking each other's blood? Do they live on animal blood? Can they live on animal blood? As nature tells us, whenever there's a drop in the numbers of prey species, there's a corresponding drop in the number of predator species. It's homoeostasis in action, baby.
The odd thing about Daybreakers is that it's set in Australia (love those gum trees) and yet everyone is speaking with North American accents. Sure, the Spierig Brothers™ are angling to be the next big thing in Hollywood (eg Coen Brothers™, Wachowski Brothers™) but there's such a thing as verisimilitude. Bending part of a film to match the target audience (Yanks) even though it affects everyone the willing suspension of disbelief or sends the wrong clue (as with Kiefer Sutherland's voice-over in Phone booth). Very annoying.
Mind you, the action is fun and there's a dark streak to the humour that is quintessentially Australian (see also Undead). You get everything that you expect from a vampire film and more, so it's well worth the price of admission.
It sucks to be a vampire, but not as much as it sucks to be human.
The action, supernatural, vampire movie Daybreakers is directed by Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig and stars Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill.
Government security censorship classification
MA 15+ (Blood and gore; Strong horror violence)
98 minutes (1:38 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: 4 February 2010