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Daybreakers also known as “Boj za kri”

MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence, language and brief nudity.

Reviewed by: Elisa A. Walker

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Sci-Fi Action Thriller Vampire Horror Drama
1 hr. 38 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
January 8, 2010 (wide—2,400+ theaters)
DVD: May 11, 2010
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Featuring: Ethan Hawke (Edward), Willem Dafoe (Elvis), Isabel Lucas (Alison Bromley), Sam Neill (Charles Bromley), Claudia Karvan (Audrey Bennett), Emma Randall (Ellie Landon), Jay Laga’aia (Senator Turner), Michelle Atkinson (Mother), Vince Colosimo (Christopher), Robyn Moore (Forensic Investigator), Christopher Kirby (Jarvis Bayom), Selina Kadell (Debate News Anchorwoman), Michael Dorman (Frankie Dalton), Renai Caruso (Coffee Shop Attendant), Mark Finden (Young Vampire Cadet), Mungo McKay (Colin Briggs), Joel Amos Byrnes (Security Guard—as Joel Byrnes), David Knijnenburg (Vampire Commuter), Jack Bradford (Security Guard), Paul Sonkkila (General Williams), Gavin Coleman (Vampire Chief), Joel Spreadborough (Vampire Subject), Peter Welman (Policeman #2), Eddie L. Fauria (Street Cop—uncredited), Michael Ienna (Louis—uncredited), Matthew Wollaston (Vampire Soldier—uncredited)
Director: The Spierig brothers: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Producer: Australian Film Finance Corporation (AFFC), Furst Films, Lionsgate, Pacific Film and Television Commission, Pictures in Paradise, Peter Block, Chris Brown, Todd Fellman, Bryan Furst, Sean Furst, Stuart Wood
Distributor: Lionsgate Films

“Take… ‘The Matrix’ and ‘28 Days Later’ …and you’ve got ‘Daybreakers’”

Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) is a hematologist that works for the world’s leading blood pharmacy. Trying to find a blood substitute, Edward finds something even more valuable. Racing against time, the dwindling human blood supply, and humanity itself, Edward is faced with literally saving the world. Willem Dafoe, Claudia Karvan, and Sam Neill also star in this fast-paced, action-packed, eerie thriller.

Morality Issues

Language: The language for an R was actually relatively mild. There were 3 uses of “G**D***,” a handful of uses of “F***,” and a few “S***,” “D***,” and “H***.”

Sexuality: There were no sex scenes or any sexuality in the movie. In the beginning, half-naked humans can be seen being farmed for blood, but it isn’t sexual, and it is brief. There is one reference to something being safe as having a $5 whore, but that is it.

Violence: The violence is pretty heavy though; it is a thriller/horror kind of film. There are vampires, so it can be deduced that blood will follow. There are several instances of explosions and blood and guts. Also, there are a couple of frightening scenes, dead bodies, and “monsters” that appear, so this movie is not for the faint of heart.

Miscellaneous: The movie itself has a dark setting because it revolves around vampires.

Spiritual Issues

The fact that the movie revolves around vampires may offend those that think that the idea of vampires is sinful—if that is you, then this is not the movie for you. I would say the most prevalent spiritual issue/theme in this movie would be the fear of dying. People turned into vampires, at first, because they were sick or were afraid to die. As Christians, we know that our bodies are seriously flawed, and that a new world and a new body are waiting for us in the life to come. And I wouldn’t blame someone for being afraid to die, if I didn’t know Christ, I’d be afraid, too. “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, thought of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).

My Recommendation

I find it interesting that so many criticize the Twilight Saga for either being hokey or sinful, yet so many movies copy it. So much of this movie copies Twilight. Edward, the main character of “DayBreakers,” somehow has the same name as the Edward Cullen of “Twilight.” Furthermore, the Edward of “DayBreakers” is a good vampire and refuses to drink human blood—ring a bell? I find it annoying that so many movies and TV shows are copying “Twilight” and most of them are much more vulgar and gruesome. “DayBreakers” is your average vampire movie; vampires burn in the sun, they go out at night, they attack humans, etc. It, at least, wasn’t cheesy, and it was surprisingly entertaining; though I think I will stick to “Twilight”—it is not as dark and is much more wholesome. So all in all, if you find the above observations offensive, then don’t see the movie; if you are fine with them, than take a chance and see for yourself. In the end, only you can make that call.

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Minor

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Viewer CommentsSend your comments


Neutral—I didn’t like this movie, but I see the quality of the cinematography. The storyline was intriguing. The setting worked. I’m just not into the whole vampire thing. The only reason I comment here is because I can’t believe that this review doesn’t even mention the obvious political allegory. The vampires lead military campaigns to recover more blood from the innocent, defenseless humans. The big, capitalist corporation’s greed and their exploitation of the humans for profit causes all of the movie’s problems. And those who refuse to use blood are persecuted by the government. It’s such a bad allegory of the oil situation that it almost makes me sad to say I paid money to see it. If you’re a green freak or a Twi-fan, then you may want to see it. If not, then I don’t suggest you waste your money.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Trenton, age 20
Neutral—SPOILER ALERT! My husband and I decided to watch this film together one night, I am always curious about vampire movies and series because each one is always portrayed in a different way according to the writer. While there is extreme violence, the other parts of the story were excellent. I am much more bothered and convicted by sexuality and language in movies, more than violence. I always think about the extreme violence in “The Passion of the Christ,” and how it was given an “R” rating. The wonderful thing about this movie is how the vampires were “cured” or “set free”. The “Sun” set them free and cured them. As Christians we are set free by the “Son”. After being set free and cured, they could now stand in the light, just as we can now stand in the presence of the “Light”. As far as sexuality and language, this film was clean. I love it when a Hollywood movie does this. Movies that don’t include sex and swearing are becoming non existent.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Jael, age 36 (USA)