Lionsgate Daybreakers

Last updated date: July 11, 2019

DWYM Score

6.2

Lionsgate Daybreakers

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We looked at the top Fiction Movies and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Fiction Movie you should buy.

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Overall Take


In our analysis of 108 expert reviews, the Lionsgate Lionsgate Daybreakers placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The year is 2019, and an unknown plague has transformed the world's population into blood-thirsty vampires. As humans and their blood become more scarce, vampires must search for new ways to satisfy their craving.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

6.0
10 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

6.5
117,223 user reviews

What experts liked

The movie, directed by Australia's twin Spierig brothers ("Undead," 2003), looks good in its gray sunless scenes evoking twilight
- Roger Ebert
January 6, 2010 | Full review
Daybreakers is a unique and interesting take on the vampire genre. It also does an exceptional job imagining this city where the sun exposure burns its inhabitants.
- Reel Rundown
May 8, 2019 | Full review
- Common Sense Media
After all the toothless, limp-dick vampire posturing in the Twilight chick flicks, it’s a kick to see a balls-out, R-rated movie about bloodsuckersthat doesn’t spare the gore so little girls won’t cry into their Twitpics of Rob Pattinson. Such a movie is Daybreakers, a nifty genre piece from Aussie twins Michael and Peter Spierig (Undead) who put some oomph into an overworked theme.
- Rolling Stone
The Spierigs have assembled a strong cast.
- The Hollywood Reporter
July 11, 2019 | Full review
- Metacritic
The work that the directors put into making a world run by vampires seem real is worth noting. Additionally, while the action scenes didn't generate much excitement, they did look good. Considering the film's minuscule budget, this is another achievement worth mentioning.
- Screen Rant
January 7, 2010 | Full review
- Rotten Tomatoes
The production is loaded with impressive touches, some more nuanced than others. Consider for example, the opening scene in which a vampire girl allows the sun to touch her because she doesn't want to be a child for eternity, or the Starbucks-like coffee establishment that has substituted blood for cream, or the advancements the vampires have developed to protect against "sunburn."
- Reel Views
January 8, 2010 | Full review
Directorially, I was somewhat surprised at the level of style and obvious film making skill the Spierig Brothers displayed with their sophomore effort. I guess I shouldn’t have been, but I was. They handled this film like they’d been directing for a hundred years. Editing choices, framing and shot selection, as well as pacing and the arresting use of visual effects to drive the story are all nuanced and balanced with a commercially viable sensibility – this film was made their way, with a genre audience in mind, yet feels for all the world like a regulation action/adventure outing from a major Hollywood studio – which isn’t a bad thing, not in this day and age of cut-and-paste cinema coming from the US film industry. The film belies its genre roots to deliver a genuinely enthralling, tense and intelligently analogous narrative, bound up in the violence and blood of a vampire films’ obligatory gore.
- Fernby Films
August 25, 2011 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Daybreakers was overlooked on its release, maybe in part because of the overexposed pop vampirism of the media in the form of Twilight, True Blood, and Vampire Diaries.
- Reel Rundown
May 8, 2019 | Full review
Daybreakers, despite the star presence of Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe, is a B movie, with all the disreputable low rent, lowbrow pleasures that implies.
- Rolling Stone
The story, in which one good vampire teams with a scrappy band of free-range humans to fight the power, is timeworn and predictable.
- The Hollywood Reporter
July 11, 2019 | Full review
Daybreakers didn't do enough to live up to its ambitious premise. Despite a few humorous lines, the movie took itself way too seriously to be enjoyed as either a dark satire of corporate greed or a campy splatterfest. Conversely, the characters weren't developed well enough and the plot was too predictable to work as a moody sci-fi/action/horror thriller. In essence, the movie was a run-of-the-mill piece of genre fare, albeit one with a remarkably original idea.
- Screen Rant
January 7, 2010 | Full review
Ethan Hawke is the biggest problem with Daybreakers. His performance is lazy and unconvincing. He looks like he's in the movie exclusively for the paycheck. Sam Neill is also a cut below his normal high standard.
- Reel Views
January 8, 2010 | Full review

Overall Product Rankings

An Overview On Fiction Movies

It’s never been easier to watch a movie. At the click of a remote button, you can access whatever movie suits your mood, whether it was released earlier this year or decades ago. Some movies are available for free with a subscription, while others cost only a few dollars to rent or buy.

Before you commit to a movie, though, you may wonder if it’s worth the time investment. There are some films that are so well-known, all you need to hear is a title to know what you’ll get. However, even a good reputation doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll like a movie. Some viewers prefer intense action with plenty of fight scenes, while others like comedy woven into their films, no matter the genre.

If you’re renting or buying an older movie, one big question you’ll likely have is whether it stands the test of time. Today’s TVs are built to render visuals in vivid detail, so you’ll want to make sure your chosen movie supports that. Many older films have been digitally remastered to meet today’s high-definition standards, but you may find that not all of the movies online offer that.

In addition to visuals, the content of the movies themselves don’t always stand the test of time. What was unique or relevant to previous generations may no longer hold up. Some classics have been heavily imitated as well, making them seem less original when viewed after their successors. If you can think of the movie you’re watching in context, you’ll probably enjoy it more than if you compare it to today’s pop culture trends.

Lastly, you may wonder if the movie you’re choosing is family-friendly. Even if you won’t be watching with children, this is relevant. Profanity, violence and other mature content can be disturbing to some viewers, especially in extreme amounts. It’s important to look into that before you choose a movie to view, even if you’re watching a film that’s considered a classic.

The Fiction Movie Buying Guide

  • Released in 1994, Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction” was the movie that put director Quentin Tarantino on the map. It’s a collection of stories, woven together in creative ways. At the time, it was a gangster movie unlike anything ever seen before, bringing comedy and realistic dialogue to a genre that was traditionally very serious. The dialogue is, indeed, one of the best things about “Pulp Fiction,” making characters jump off the screen and entertaining you from start to finish.
  • No matter when you were born, there’s no escaping the ongoing legacy of the “Star Trek” series. In 2009, Paramount Pictures rebooted the franchise with “Lost” producer J.J. Abrams behind the camera, taking the series back to the beginning. The movie was a big hit upon its release, bringing fresh faces to the characters previous generations knew all too well.
  • Although Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending” was a bomb when it was initially released, it might be worth checking out now that you can rent it for a low price. The biggest problem with “Jupiter Ascending” was the expense to make it, putting it in the tough position of needing to sell an extraordinary amount of tickets once it hit theaters. But you can’t go wrong with stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, and a space opera just sounds like a great time, no matter what it’s about.
  • In 2020, “Dune” releases in theaters, remaking a film that has become a cult classic over the years. In 1984, Universal Studios’ “Dune” came out to bad reviews and lackluster ticket sales. Perhaps the most interesting thing about “Dune” is that it was made by a director with no interest in science fiction, yet somehow it’s managed to engage sci-fi fans in recent years. It’s also well worth watching to see Patrick Stewart early in his career.
  • Whether you’re sharing movie night with children or not, content is important. Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek,” Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” and Universal Studios’ “Dune” are all PG-13, making them suitable for audiences ages 13 and up. Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction,” on the other hand, has an R rating. If you’re averse to profanity, you’ll particularly want to avoid “Pulp Fiction” and “Star Trek,” since both feature strong language.
  • Although Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction” has plenty of light moments, don’t be fooled by the comedy. The movie has some extremely violent moments, as well as mature content involving drugs and sex.
  • Often what you sign up for when you rent or buy a movie is enjoyable characters. You won’t get much better than Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction” when it comes to that. The dialogue brings the characters to life, making them likable even when they’re doing very unlikable things. Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” doesn’t disappoint, either, staying true to the original characterizations of both Captain Kirk and Spock. With Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” you may struggle with the characters at times, but Channing Tatum’s performance makes the hero likable. Dune packs in director David Lynch’s famed abstract style, with characters who are likably quirky.
  • If you enjoyed “Pulp Fiction” 25 years ago, you’ll find it just as powerful as it was originally. Even if you’re new to the film, though, you’ll still find it entertaining and unique.
  • Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” had some big shoes to feel, and it did so capably. However, you won’t find the film as cerebral as “Pulp Fiction.” It’s designed for entertainment, with a big special effects budget that provides plenty to watch.
  • With Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” you may find the story a bit hard to follow, and the characters don’t have quite the development necessary to make it a character-driven film.
  • Universal Studios’ “Dune” is one of those movies that seem to get better in retrospect. Today’s viewers can appreciate the artistic vision Lynch brought to the project. Since the screenplay follows the book fairly closely, that means you’ll also get a legitimately riveting story as well.