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As you all might be aware, we at Geeks of Doom like to do a little thing called Spoiler Talk from time to time. It is basically a forum where one of us presents a bunch of points about a movie — sometimes good, sometimes bad — and you the reader sound off with your thoughts in the comments section! This is where you can scream at the top of your lungs (as hard as your little fingers can scream) about what you liked, hated, or weren’t too sure of.
Today’s Spoiler Talk brings us Daybreakers, the new futuristic vampire tale that stars Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill, and Willem Dafoe. The movie takes place in the year 2019 and and in a time where most humans have now become vampires as natural evolution would indicate were vampires to actually exist. Because most are now vampires, a crisis is realized when it becomes apparent that there is only enough blood to sustain them for a short time longer. With rations cut thin, the vampires who eat the least begin to develop a much more aggressive nature before actually transforming into evil, wild creature-like beings. It is left up to Dr. Edward Dalton (Hawke), a hematologist, to find a way to create a synthetic blood substitute that can save his people before it’s too late.
Not that it needs to be said…but just in case, this is nothing but spoilers people, so if you don’t want it ruined, do NOT click over!
Without further delay, continue on to our Spoiler Talk, presented by Kevin of Nine, and share what you thought of Daybreakers!
– First of all, what the hell happened that turned 95% of the population into vampires? It was referred to in the movie as an outbreak, but was it a plague or what??? I want to see that movie.
– It occurred in the year 2009 and the current year of the movie is 2019, which means in a matter of 10 years the vampires went through most of the human blood supply. They are trying to find a suitable substitute for blood so that they can survive.
– From what I can tell, the vampires don’t seem to have any special abilities besides immortality. They do have a few limitations, such as sunlight and the hunger for blood. Another weakness is that if the vampire doesn’t get the human blood he needs, they begins to transform into a subspecies that loses their reason, physically become monsters, and become more violent, attacking anything human, vampire, or animal.
– Apparently there’s a cure for being a vampire, discovered by accident, which involves water, being exposed to the sun, in a vacuum (???????). That will turn a vampire back into a human, and restore life to the undead.
– Not only that, but once you are restored, your blood now is a cure for vampirism. One of the last scenes in the movie is a bunch of soldier vamps, attacking one of their troops who was turned human. They rip him to shreds, and turn human. After that the other troops attack these former vamps and transform back. This happens till the majority are dead and about four are left human, body parts all over.
– I really liked the gore in the movie but the story was pretty lame. What really sucks is that it had a great cast (Ethan Hawke, Willem Defoe, and Sam Neill). The story did have some potential but it all fell apart and the scene with the soldiers was completely ridiculous. I definitely didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked.
What did you think of Daybreakers? Is it an unworthy addition to the vampire genre?