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January 03, 2010

DAYBREAKERS

COLE SMITHEY

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ColeSmithey.comSibling Australian filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig flip the teen-friendly vampire trend on its mushy head with a sci-fi take on a world run by greedy bloodsuckers.

By 2019 vampires outnumber humans; blood is running out. Taking a page from HBO's "True Blood," Sam Neil plays a sharp-toothed corporate villain (Charles Bromley) who runs a monopoly that harvests blood from human bodies connected chockablock to a vast milking system.

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Hematologist vampire Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) is working on a vampire cure. Naturally — or preternaturally — Bromley and his armed minions want to stop him at all cost, even though they face extinction.

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The satirical parallel between blood and oil is obvious as war breaks out between the vampires and a group of survivalist humans led by Willem Dafoe in full badass mode.

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The pacing misses a few beats and the satire never pops, but "Daybreakers" arrives as a welcome retort to the bubblegum vampire genre.

Rated R. 98 mins.

3 Stars

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