"life's a bitch.. and then you don't die! (Daybreakers film review)"
"Daybreakers" is a pleasant surprise for such an unpleasant movie, and the word "unpleasant" is used here in the most flattering way. It's never pleasant when humans are nearly erased, nor when a charisma-less Ethan Hawke (in a role equally suited for Keanu Reeves) is the only hope for the future. Despite it's bleakness, "Daybreakers" manages to be a captivating and somewhat original take on the old lores. This could just as well have been an aliens-take-over-the-world-plot, or zombies, or that matter, but it works a little better with vampires.
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In the new Transformers sequel, currently packing theaters, some of these giant alien robot monsters do a stomping of Shanghai not unlike the way Tokyo was trampled in some of those early Godzilla classics. I was so bored, I was ready to trample my way out of the theater.
According to an online Godzilla filmography, there were some 25 Godzilla films made. I loved the early ones, but lost interest when you needed a score card to keep track of all the monsters, and which were good and which were bad. That's the same with these heavy metal Transformers. But whereas it took more than a handful of Godzilla movies to get to the yawning point, it took just a few minutes before I felt the same way about the new Transformers film, "Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen." "Fallen asleep" is more like it.
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In 1987, a group of kids fought our favorite fright figures in the film "Monster Squad." With help from the kind-hearted Frankenstein monster, they overcame the evil plans of Dracula, The Mummy, Wolfman and a Creature From The Black Lagoon-inspired Gillman. In 2009, with help from a kind-hearted alien, a group of kids overcome the evil plans of some bumbling Earth-attacking creatures from another planet in the film "Aliens in the Attic."
In the new movie, they're green, knee-high and family-friendly. In the old days, the youngsters consulted with wiser grown-ups. In today's war of youngsters vs. invaders from another universe, we see high-tech gadgets, cell-phones, paint-ball guns, Matrix-like flying slo-mo kung-fu, modern fireworks, remote-controls and Wii game ingenuity to battle the baddies. These aliens could just as well have been Critters or Munchies or Gremlins or any of those fun but sometimes menacing creatures of celluloid's past. They resemble all of those, though the "good" alien could easily have come from E.T.'s planet.
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Are slow-moving zombies or fast-moving zombies your preference? In "Zombieland," the zombies sprint! And as fast as these brain-eaters move, that's how quickly the film bursts opens with both blood and gore and laughs.
Forget "Sorority Girls" and "Jennifer's Body" (that is, if one can forget Megan Fox's body), "Zombieland" is the Halloween's season's first horror hit. And considering that this is about resurrected dead who eat a lot of brains, intestines and hearts, this movie has more heart than most of the ones out there.
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