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Daybreakers Out On DVD

Daybreakers is out on DVD May 11th 2010.  It's a vampire movie set in the future.  I have not watched it yet but being a sucker for vampire films I put it on my rent list.  This movie is a renter for fans of vampire movies, beyond that don't expect too much. When it was released to the theaters Daybreakers' promotional materials did not excite me too much. I’m intrigued with how they set up vampire starvation causing a rotschreck frenzy, sounds like someone was playing Vampire The Masquerade. Nothing else really excites me nor intrigues me about the movie.

The reviews were mixed mostly classifying this a a B movie and a nifty genera piece with a cold, steely blue, black,gray look.  Roger Ebert said "intriguing premise ... ends as so many movies do these days, with fierce fights and bloodshed."  Variety said it "emerges as a competent but routine chase thriller that lacks attention-getting dialogue, unique characters or memorable set pieces that might make it a genre keeper rather than a polished time-filler."

These reviews are not bad for vampire fans.  They match my expectations for the film.  Being a sucker for vampire films and the reviews landed this one on the on the renter list.  Warning:  Ethan Hawke is in it which is a red flag out of his current 49 movies only 2 were good and his part in them wasn't.  Sam Neill is a plus but though.

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  • Daybreakers: In 2009, a major viral outburst transformed a majority of the world’s population into vampires. It is now 2019. With only a handful of humans left to provide blood for the starving population of vampires, extinction is a very real risk for the new dominant species of humanity.  If a vampire doesn’t drink blood, then they will transform from having a recognizable human form into a violent, uncontrollable, and bat-like creature of the night.   Now two different factions strive for a solution.  A small factions of surviving humans wish to repopulate the species and a secret team of human and ‘cured’ researchers try to uncover a way that would rescue the human race.


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Theater or Renter: January 2010

Theater or Renter: January 2010 includes 4 SF movies Daybreakers, The Book of Eli, Tooth Fairy, Legion.  Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

Daybreakers:

Release Date:  JANUARY 8th

Listed as:  SF, Vampire

Studio:  Lionsgate

Director:  Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig

Produced by:  Chris Brown, Sean Furst, Bryan Furst

Written by:  Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig

Stars:  Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill

The Plot / Story: In 2009, a major viral outburst transformed a majority of the world's population into vampires. It is now 2019. With only a handful of humans left to provide blood for the starving population of vampires, extinction is a very real risk for the new dominant species of humanity.  If a vampire doesn't drink blood, then they will transform from having a recognizable human form into a violent, uncontrollable, and bat-like creature of the night.   Now two different factions strive for a solution.  A small factions of surviving humans wish to repopulate the species and a secret team of human and 'cured' researchers try to uncover a way that would rescue the human race. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Book of Eli:

Release Date: JANUARY 15th

Listed as:  post-apocalyptic action film, SF

Studio:  Warner Bros. Pictures, Columbia Pictures

Director:  Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

Produced by:  Joel Silver, Susan Downey, Amitabh Bachchan, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, David Valdes

Written by:  Gary Whitta

Stars:  Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Frances de la Tour, and Michael Gambon

The Plot / Story: In post-apocalyptic 2043, a lone hero, Eli, guards the Book of Eli (a Bible which, to his knowledge, is the last Bible in the world), which provides knowledge that could redeem society, and the source of all their pain. The despot of a small makeshift town plans to take possession of the book.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Tooth Fairy:

Release Date:  JANUARY 22nd

Listed as:  Fairy Tale, SF

Studio:  20th Century Fox

Director:  Michael Lembeck

Produced by:  Jim Piddock, Jason Blum, Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray

Stars:  Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews, Billy Crystal, Brandon T. Jackson, Ryan Sheckler, Stephen Merchant

The Plot / Story: Derek Thompson is "The Tooth Fairy" a hard-charging minor league hockey player whose nickname comes from his habit of separating opposing players from their bicuspids. When Derek discourages a youngster's hopes, he's sentenced to one week's hard labor as a "real" tooth fairy, complete with the requisite tutu, wings, and magic wand. At first, Derek "can't handle the tooth"—bumbling and stumbling as he tries to furtively wing his way through strangers' homes...doing what tooth fairies do. But as Derek slowly adapts to his new position, he begins to rediscover his own forgotten dreams.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Legion:

Release Date:  JANUARY 22nd

Listed as:  Fallen Angel, SF

Studio:  Screen Gems

Director:  Scott Stewart

Produced by:  David Lancaster, Michel Litvak

Written by:  Peter Schink, Scott Stewart

Stars:  Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Adrianne Palicki, Charles S. Dutton, Jon Tenney, Kevin Durand, Willa Holland, Kate Walsh, Dennis Quaid.

The Plot / Story: After God loses faith in humanity, the archangel Michael, who has become a fallen angel, is the only one standing between mankind and the apocalypse. This time using angels as the act of Biblical judgment, God's wrath descends on Earth to exterminate the world's population. In a desperate, last-chance gambit, Michael leads a group of strangers to a small New Mexico diner to protect a young waitress who may be pregnant with Christ in his second coming. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)


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DAYBREAKERS Capture Humans PSA Video

Daybreakers so far has not really impressed me.  I want to like it because it is a vampire flick but sometimes that is not enough.  At least this promotional video has helped to bolster my faith in the movie’s ability to tell an interesting vampire story.  Plus it appeals to my Supernatural Horror / H.P. Lovecraft nature in it’s structure as a well played hoax.

Watch the video above.  Daybreakers is in theaters January 8.

Daybreakers Trailer 2: Futuristic Vampires

Daybreakers trailer # 2 is out, it doesn’t look bad.  They took a fairly worn out premise and are trying to pitch it as new.  I would like to believe them but so far nothing in the trailer has peaked my interest beyond that it is a vampire movie.  Watch the Trailer above.

Story:  The year is 2019. A mysterious plague has swept over the earth, transforming the majority of the world's population into vampires. Humans are now an endangered, second-class species forced into hiding as they are hunted and farmed for vampire consumption to the brink of extinction.

Its all up to Edward Dalton, a vampire researcher who refuses to feed on human blood, to perfect a blood substitute that might sustain vampires and spare the few remaining humans. But time and hope are running out until Ed meets Audrey, a human survivor who leads him to a startling medical breakthrough. Armed with knowledge that both humans and vampires will kill for, Ed must battle his own kind in a deadly struggle that will decide the fate of the human race.

Something New

A better spin on this that would at least make it newer.  Take the futuristic setting with different Vampire clans controlling certain major corporations in which they secretly traffic human blood.  The vampires are not the dominant species and probably hidden from most.  Blend in some of Shakespeare's tale Romeo and Juliet for tension and romantic plot line.

What new twist would you want to see in a vampire film?