Daybreakers (2010)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 8, 2010
DVD Release Date: May 11, 2010
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it arrives during an unfortunate glut of vampire movies, Daybreakers offers enough dark sci-fi thrills -- and enough of a unique twist on the genre -- to satisfy filmgoers.

C. Robert Cargill

Daybreakers is the pinnacle of fun, modern sci-fi horror actioners.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

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.

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James Rundle

A supine memorial to missed opportunities and frustrating directorial choices.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Interested in societal collapse - that is, when it's not more interested in the super cool way these vampires explode when stabbed

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Daybreakers is more fun than foreboding; it's fright-lite, yet that's par for the bloody course in these busy apocalyptic days.

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Scott Weinberg

A rock-solid afternoon matinee sort of movie, packed as it is with so many disparate genre influences. Confidently crafted and legitimately clever.

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Stephanie Zacharek

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.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

The narrative may flag, but the doomsday atmosphere and George Liddle‚(TM)s production design remain vivid until the final, blood-splattered reel.

Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine

A slick, violent, and intensely gloomy horror/action/sci-fi hybrid that stands out in a crowded field of end-of-mankind movie scenarios.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
I liked it just for the fact it was a completely different approach on the genre than i was use to. Coming from fairly new directors Ill give them leeway on… More
xGary Xx
Vampirism has spread throughout humanity to the point where they vastly outnumber the normal humans who have been turned into livestock to replenish the rapidly… More
Carlos Magalh„es
In spite of its intriguing idea and a good cinematography, this is a safe movie that never goes deep enough into the possibilities of its premise, relying on… More
Directors Cat
[img][/img] Confused, unfocused but rather intriguing. Daybreakers is the perfect example of a… More
Phil Hubbs
Again I must go against many bad reviews here as I quite liked this vampire tale. Some of the ideas in this film are really good, I loved how the human race has… More
Jim Hunter
In a world run by vampires who farm humans for their blood, a hematologist discovers the cure. I liked the film's unique take on the vampire genre, the… More