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      Daybreakers

      R Released Jan 8, 2010 1h 38m Horror Sci-Fi Action TRAILER for Daybreakers: Trailer 2 List Daybreakers: Trailer 2 Daybreakers: Trailer 2 1:01 Daybreakers: Trailer 1 Daybreakers: Trailer 1 2:22 View more videos
      69% Tomatometer 157 Reviews 49% Audience Score 100,000+ Ratings Ten years after a plague turns most of the world's population into vampires, a critical blood shortage causes panic and gruesome mutations among the reanimated. Edward (Ethan Hawke), a vampire hematologist, tries to develop a blood substitute when he meets Lionel (Willem Dafoe) and Audrey (Claudia Karvan), two fugitive humans who claim to have a possible cure. Edward casts his lot with them in the hope of perfecting the cure before it's too late. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      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.

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      Richard Brody New Yorker The conceit is worked out in whiz-bang diabolical detail... and brought to life with imaginative effects. Oct 26, 2020 Full Review 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. Sep 24, 2014 Full Review Ben Kenigsberg Time Out Rated: 2/5 Nov 18, 2011 Full Review Nick Rogers Midwest Film Journal As a vigorous reclamation of what vampire-genre movies should be, "Daybreakers" is, oh, positive. Rated: 3/4 Nov 20, 2023 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review Daybreakers proves Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig have the potential to become great genre filmmakers Rated: 3/4 Aug 25, 2023 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) There is a lot of talent wasted in epic effort for a pyrrhic end. [Full review in Spanish] Oct 25, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Bryan J Very clever and interesting concept about a vampire takeover and the societal issues that would arise from such a circumstance. The notion of what happens when vampires cease to drink blood was also quite creative as it presents as a big threat in the universe, hence why the lack of blood supply is such a significant problem and could be analogous as a statement of the world's environmental/supply issues. The character's relationship arc between the protagonist and his brother could've been fleshed out a little better and the hope that is felt in the conclusion gives for a great sensation by the end. Intriguing movie overall Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/15/24 Full Review John A It refreshingly injects a sci-fi elements and a sleek kind of aesthetic for a mid-budget film. The 3 main big name performers are fairly strong here. Very moody cinematography. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/01/23 Full Review Logan D In the recent past (2009), vampirism has spread to most of the US and humans are used as food sources by corporations. A sympathetic vampire stumbles upon a human resistance enclave and promises to aid them in finding a cure. I passed on viewing this when originally released because of poor reviews. I think many audience members expected a horror movie. It's not that. Instead, it's more of a scifi film with a vampire element. Ethan Hawke performs well and it's hard to get a bad performance out of Willem Dafoe. I found this film to be interesting. They provide a reason for the "Nosferatu" vampires and the effects are well done. Very stylish and brooding. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/01/23 Full Review Andrian P I loved this movie! As a person who doesn't often watch or like vampire movies, this was amazing, even with the ending and the subtle romance it was great. I'll definitely be adding this to my list of favorite movies! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/26/23 Full Review Emilliano Jr S Original and not your typical vampire movie. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/14/23 Full Review Sean S This movie was a waste of Ethan Hawke's talents. It was watchable, and the special effects vampire creatures weren't bad, but the movie didn't really click too well but passed the time. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Ten years after a plague turns most of the world's population into vampires, a critical blood shortage causes panic and gruesome mutations among the reanimated. Edward (Ethan Hawke), a vampire hematologist, tries to develop a blood substitute when he meets Lionel (Willem Dafoe) and Audrey (Claudia Karvan), two fugitive humans who claim to have a possible cure. Edward casts his lot with them in the hope of perfecting the cure before it's too late.
      Director
      Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
      Producer
      Chris Brown, Bryan Furst, Sean Furst
      Screenwriter
      Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
      Distributor
      Lionsgate Films
      Production Co
      Pacific Film and Television Commission, Lionsgate Films, Australian Film Finance Corporation, Paradise Productions, Furst Films
      Rating
      R (Language|Brief Nudity|Strong Bloody Violence)
      Genre
      Horror, Sci-Fi, Action
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 8, 2010, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 17, 2015
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $30.0M
      Runtime
      1h 38m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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