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Daybreakers review

Good news: no emo-vampires. Bad news: it’s still a bit sucky…

The witty set-up to the Spierig Brothers’ vampire flick introduces a 2019 dystopia (actually Sydney) ravaged by Sam Neill’s corporate bloodsuckers. Humans are farmed for their blood, white-collar parasites such as Ethan Hawke’s haematologist use plasma cafes for their daily fix, and, as in The Matrix, every other character sounds suspiciously Antipodean. “Life’s a bitch, then you don’t die,” quips Hawke, whose unlikely entanglements with resistance fighters Willem Dafoe and Claudia Karvan (a cut-price Carrie-Anne Moss) point towards salvation.

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