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Ok Movie - But A Great Transfer!!,
This review is from: Daybreakers [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This was one of those movies that struggled to fulfill it's ambitions - probably due to the info gleaned from the making of that despite the presence of stars like Hawke & Neill, the film had a relativeley modest budget and the directors even had to do some of the FX work themselves.
Still it was enjoyable enough. It lacked the action that the cover implied and some of the gore fx were a lit bit too obviously CGI (particularly a scene where a guy was stabbed in the neck and the blood spray looked like a cartoon) but it passed the time well enough. It could be described as a sub par version of Blade where the vampires have taken over the world - but without the superhero elements. One thing that baffled me was the explanation of a virus for the vampirism element and yet I failed to see how this could cause the effect of the vamps being invisible in a mirror, apart from their clothing!! I thought the vampires that were mutating into bat type monsters (due to a chronic shortage of human blood) were well realised and effective.
Some nice touches to the action with the humans armed with crossbows that fire wooden stakes resulting in the vampires exploding ala Blade and there is a half decent car chase as well.
I really liked the look of the film with its blue/grey tint and it was served up well on Blu-ray with a razor sharp transfer. Extras are decent but nothing spectacular.
Basically if you like the modern take on the vampire then you will like this but I wouldn't rate it better than The Matrix, 28 Days Later or Blade which seem to be labelled it's closest comparisons.
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Initial post: 26 Jun 2010 16:18:24 BDT
ScottPaul ScottPaul says:
Yes this looks another of those pretentious, arroganet so-called cerebral ones that try to make the 'vampire' genre above its now very obvious limitations. But 'Blade' itself was no great shakes, smacking more of comic book/action hero nonsense and a massive ego-trip from a very wooden actor (Wesley Snipes), and 'Underworld' suffers from the same probems. Horror should be horror-and genre-wise, apart from a few over the past two decades, the 80s seemed to be only decade that got it consitently right-check out 'Fright Night', 'Vamp', 'Near Dark', 'Lair Of The White Worm', 'Nightlife'-even 'The Lost Boys' and a segment of 'Waxwork' from 1988 to see how vampire films truly should work. And someone tell dear Mr Hawke to get back to being a director. I agree that some of the points you made about this film-for instance the bat-mutating, sound intriguing, but to get through the whole film for that-no, I'll stick wth the 80s and the odd few since-one of which I doubt this is! Heard you love 'Dagon' though-totally agree!
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