Weekly Movie Rec: Daybreakers

Vampires. I’m as sick of them as you are. They overpopulate our TVs and our theaters and we can’t seem to escape them because a generation of women are in love with a sparkly pale douche canoe named Edward.

It’s a shame really, because such a blind hate of all things vampire sometimes will allow you to miss something that’s actually worthwhile. I had no hope for Daybreakers going into it (though I did appreciate its expertly scored trailer), but what I found was an incredibly interesting sci-fi film, and one of the best vampire movies I’ve ever seen, if not THE best. And Wesley Snipes isn’t even involved!

It’s a different way for the world to end. The vampire virus has spread through the world to the point where humans are almost extinct. Civilized society is now made up entirely of vampires, with humans hunted and harvested for blood, or forced into hiding. The world has adapted with underground walkways and extremely tinted windows in cars for day travel. Ethan Hawke plays a reluctant vampire scientist who is searching for synthetic blood that will satiate the masses, who are quickly devolving into a primal state when they go without human blood.

It really is a fascinating film with echoes of Gattaca in terms of style and well, Ethan Hawke. It’s far better than it has any right to be, and it’s a fresh look at a genre I was all but willing to write off. Check it out for yourself, and see if I’m right.