A few years back a great Australian film came out called Undead, in which twin brother filmmakers, The Spierig Brothers, gave us a low budget, but very high concept, horror comedy. Having done most of the CG (computer graphics) themselves, the film punched above its weight. However, I feel it didn’t bring in as large an audience as it should have done.
Then again, if your film looks a little low budget, that always lowers its chance of doing well, with a few huge exceptions being films like Open Water and The Blair Witch Project. So with a seven year gap between films, I was more than happy to buy a ticket and check out their latest offering with Daybreakers.
With my recollection of Undead being a bit of a tongue-in-cheek movie, I expected the same with Daybreakers, but instead it was a film that took itself way too seriously. It created a semi-interesting world but took the whole vampire clichés, such as no reflections and exploding if a stake went into their hearts to the max, which felt old and stale.
With vampires currently being huge business, everyone is doing a different take on them and I felt this film was just too basic in how they showed the vampires. Add in some pretty bad dialogue and a few dodgy story choices and you are left with a film that just never really worked. It had a half decent climax to the story but even then it left you with many questions and a feeling of a sub-par movie.
6.5 out of 10 from me!!!