HOLLYWOOD—Rarely can two directors on any film work together for a great film. In 1939, George Cukor was fired by David O. Selznick from the legendary film “Gone With The Wind” and replaced by “The Wizard of Oz” director Victor Fleming. We know how well that ended, both films are still considered at the top of the list of best films of all-time. That rare achievement can be said for “The Daybreakers,” which is directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig. The brother team attempted to scare the living life out of the audience and they surely accomplished that. I rarely flinch anymore in the theater with so many shock and horror pictures in production. However, this film made me jump a few times. Let’s start by saying this film is only for horror fans and moviegoers who like this genre.
If what you like is to be frightened for a couple hours and to be in another universe and you’ve seen “Avatar” for the tenth time, get out and watch the brothers Spierig’s film. The studio released the following synopsis, “In the year 2019, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.”
Ethan Hawke had almost become a D-list star, but this film will revive his career and surely he’ll be added to the list of actors who are great in the thriller and horror genre. The actor has played lots of roles but this one as Edward Dalton is really fascinating to watch him in. Sam Neill plays Charles Bromley and you can’t decide whether you like or hate the character, but Neill is brilliant in the film. William Dafoe as Lionel ˜Elvis’ Cormac steals the film many times, but he’s always been a solid performer. What else do we need to make this film realistic? Jay Laga’aia as the conniving Senator Turner fills the last remaining spot that adds yet another creepy layer to the movie. Creepy for this genre is a compliment, I’m not insulting the writers, actors and producers. They all do an amazing job making this type of film fresh and scary again.
For fans who watched and loved “2012,” if your idea of the world is a bit bleak surviving that disaster, then just seven years later you are surely going to be devoured by vampires. At least in “Daybreakers” the vampire-lore is really fascinating, if not outright frightening.
Again, this is not a family film. “Daybreakers” receives Three of Five Stars. The film opens on Friday, January 8.