08 January 2010


Written & Directed by: Michael & Peter Spierig
Full credits at IMDb

Vampire fiction has an abundance of possible allegorical avenues to explore, and Daybreakers takes a short walk down just about all of them: is this sleek slice of dystopian futurism a parable about the unsustainability of current farming practices? Or peak oil? Or drug addiction? AIDS? Diabetes? Undocumented workers? Corporate malfeasance? Warmongering? And how does the Holocaust and rape imagery fit in? Well, it doesn't, really. And, regarding which of those metaphors Daybreakers sticks to, the answer is: none of the above. But, as with Park Chan-wook's recent, similarly scatterbrained vampire-epic Thirst, that isn't necessarily a flaw.

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