Saturday, January 30, 2010

Daybreakers

I recently had the fantastic experience of viewing the film Daybreakers.
This film which is the follow up to the 2005 New Zealand film Undead by the Spierig Brothers is magnificent!
Undead was a very good film which managed to incorporate two seperate genres (zombies and aliens) into one film. Daybreakers is a more political look at the oil crises and how humanity is an endangerment to itself.
This poignant film takes place in 2019 after a pandemic has changed most of the world into vampires. Human beings are the only food source and without human blood vampires turn into sub-siders (think the vampire in Nosferatu) and not productive workers in society.
The main character is a head hemotologist trying to come up with a blood substitute as the world is being plunged into a severe blood shortage. Humans are like stock and have been placed in blood letting companies where they are kept alive and harvested for the world blood supply. As the supply dries up the owners of the stock take their humans back for their own use.
Enter a group of renegade humans who have found a cure for vampirism. They enlist our main character to help them perfect the cure, which they stumbled upon by accident. As the food supply is running out this could go either way.
The government is after this group of humans both to stop them and their cure, but also as caught humans they can be used to help alleviate the blood supply shortage.

This film kept me up all night thinking. It has so many powerful, emotional elements that it is difficult to label this movie. It is marketed as a horror film, which it kind of is - but it also isn't. It is definitly political, but also quite beautiful in the same way that Night of the living dead is beautiful in terms of analyzing the race agenda. No one is safe in this society, the fact that most humans became vampires has put an end to population growth in many different ways. Vampires cannot breed and humans are an endangered species.
Tragic flaw, human nature kills.

4 Comments:

At Sunday, 07 February, 2010, Blogger emily said...

Aww, Undead. I need to watch that again. And I'll have to give Daybreakers a try.

 
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