Daybreakers
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Fresh off the success of their inventive take on the zombie genre, Undead masterminds Michael and Peter Spierig direct Ethan Hawke in an ambitious tale of a futuristic Earth populated entirely by vampires, and the efforts made by the creatures to ensure that their food supply doesn't run out as humankind is faced with extinction. The year is 2017, and a vampire plague has turned most of the planet's human population into bloodsucking ghouls. As the population of mortals fast begins to dwindle, a vampiric corporation sets out to capture and farm every remaining human while… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"Daybreakers is the pinnacle of fun, modern sci-fi horror actioners."
‑ C. Robert Cargill, Film.com
"Daybreakers is more fun than foreboding; it's fright-lite, yet that's par for the bloody course in these busy apocalyptic days."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"A slick, violent, and intensely gloomy horror/action/sci-fi hybrid that stands out in a crowded field of end-of-mankind movie scenarios."
‑ Laura Kern, Film Comment Magazine
"It's pretty clear that directors The Spierig Brothers are ready to make their mark as a couple of high-end horror genre auteurs."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"The is no denying that the production values of Daybreakers are superb; the sophomore directing duo fill every inch of their frame with some startling effects work and detailed production design."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
"Hawke gives his all here -- or maybe just half his all -- and it isn't quite enough: He's trying to be soulful, but he really just looks a little tired. The real delight is Willem Dafoe."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"The narrative may flag, but the doomsday atmosphere and George Liddleâ(TM)s production design remain vivid until the final, blood-splattered reel."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Around here Daybreakers' clever streak runs out and the previously witty, refreshing film becomes a predictable action romp that's big on over-the-top gore but lacking in everything else."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"While America continues to produce interminable undead dross ... Australia can now proudly announce itself as being home to two of the best genre auteurs working today."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"A hybrid of future dystopian sci-fi and classic vampire conventions, Daybreakers is a horror movie which boasts as many ideas as it does bloodshed."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"For the lowbrow, the thrill is a level of fleshy explosiveness reminiscent of David Cronenberg's Scanners. No one dies quietly; he must either detonate like Hiroshima or burst into juicy red chunks of viscera."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Writer-directors Michael and Peter Spierig equip this unpretentious, low-budget, high-functioning shocker with some sharp satirical teeth, and Dafoe has a ball behind his Manson goatee."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"That Daybreakers biggest problem is that there isn't enough of it should tell you enough: watching it provides short-term entertainment, but like those voracious bloodsuckers, it'll just leave you wanting more."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"The power of the Spierig Brothers is mighty and it'll be impossible to sit down without becoming absorbed in their futuristic world of vampire clichés and novelties."
‑ Perri Nemiroff, CinemaBlend.com
"Pointed social commentary using the vampire as a metaphor for an increasingly predatory bourgeois society."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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