Dad's Day Off: Errands and a Movie ... Review

 Daybreakers
I actually don’t get today off as a holiday but I took it as a floating travel day anyway, not even realizing it was a holiday. I spent the morning running errands:


  • Haircut: At my favorite suburban barber, not my Loop guy

  • CVS: Drugstore run

  • Dr. Visit

  • Dog food run

  • Home Depot for some lightbulbs

  • Five Guys for lunch that I brought home so Carter could have some “Bye Byes”

  • Then I got to go out to a movie for the first time in 18 months.

After perusing Rotten Tomatoes to make my decision between Book of Eli and Daybreakers I was pretty excited to see anything. I decided on Daybreakers because it had slightly higher ratings and it was shorter.

It was actually a very good vampire movie from a very different angle. Most of the human population has turned to vampires via infected bats. These vampires harvest the blood from imprisoned humans but as the captured humans age and die and the vampires don’t the supply starts to run dry. Instead of starving, vamps turn into crazed bat-men and women when they haven't had blood for too long.

It’s a great plot to start with but they barely explain the whole “aging cow” problem, they just said humans were disappearing and not why (they could just be turning into vampires). And the other nonsensical part of course is that they should have just set up blood donation centers so humans could make money off their new found red gold.

Anyway, besides that it was pretty unbelievable how the directors created an alternative world, complete with blood infused lattes. And unlike Avatar there wasn’t even much CGI. It still felt real though and I think proves that you don't need to go overboard to be immersed in a fantasy world.

I generally don’t like Ethan Hawke but he played the role of conflicted Vampire scientist really well and Sam Neil makes a great bad guy. Plus, William Dafoe as the grizzled Vampire hunter? Come on, this is classic casting. Oh, and be warned, it's gory.

One problem was the ridiculous volume of the theater. Like I said it’s been a while since I’ve been to a theater, but I could hardly stand how loud the crashes and action scenes were. We’re talking stage amplifier loud. I’ve honestly been to concerts not that loud.

Anyway, all in all it was a pretty good day off.