Saturday, January 9, 2010
DAYBREAKERS movie: Blood Noir
Set only 9 years into our future, the world is dominated by vampires, yet the human blood supply is running low. CEO of the human harvesting corporation is played subtly by Sam Neill (Does that man ever act poorly? The answer is: no.) Hawkes is a vampire on a mission to create synthetic blood, but would prefer to find a cure for vampirism.
There are some great twists. A car chase scene had some nice drama with the bullets fired by the bad guys piercing rays of sunlight through the car a vampire is driving. Nothing is overdone. It was all very nicely balanced. The gore was there, but seriously? The blood looked too much like chocolate syrup. I would have appreciated a more crimson vintage. And it took me a while to understand the whole 'subspecies' hiding out in the subways. Why so strong if starving? And what was with Hawkes' back door? Couldn't he afford a decent lock?
Many reviews give this movie a ho-hum, mid-scale rating. I'd rate it just above middle. If you think too hard, you might start questioning our own society and it's dog-eat-dog mentality (which the film showcases nicely at the end), but I never want to think too much watching a horror flick. Just pass the popcorn, and don't put too much of that nacho cheese salt on it, thank you very much.
All in all, a fun night at the movies!