In my opinion, Vampire movies have been done to death. There is nothing original about them. The story always seems to be the same, the characters always re-hashed, and the ending is almost always a let-down. But maybe I don’t get out enough? And despite all the reasons why I don’t like vampires stories, and even despite the fact that I’m writing a vampire story myself, I still went out and watched Daybreakers. And I’m happy I did.
Daybreakers is the story of a future human society that has been overcome by vampires, so much so that flesh-and-blood humans are the minority and captured on site and harvested in order for their vampire counter-parts to feed on. The problem? The blood supply is running out and the human population has suffered so much that soon their will be no blood to go around and no humans. To make matters worse, the vampire population has started to feed on each and themselves to stem their hunger. As a result subsiders — vampires that feed on other vampires or themselves and whom become violent and unmanageable — begin to pop-up in the general population areas and terrorizing those who are not starving.
All hope seems to be lost, until a man named Elvis makes contact with Edward Dalton a hematologist vampire who is trying to solve the blood shortage problem by creating a substitute, a substitute that does not require harvesting humans. It is at this point that Elvis tells Edward a story he cannot believe: you see Elvis used to be a vampire, but isn’t anymore. The circumstances that lead to this cure doesn’t come cheap, however, you first must be brought to the edge of death in order to purge the vampire disease.
Complicating the problem further is Edwards boss Charles Bromley who gains great wealth in controlling the blood supply and will acquire even more if he can come up with a blood substitute, but all that wealth and power will be lost is their are no more vampires.
One thing that I really like about this movie is that it is the end of the world from the vampires point of view. But more than that it is just well thought out, even if it is a little gory.
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