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Daybreakers is a 2009 movie that combines a plague and corporation-created dystopian society with the horror genre vampire. The film focuses on Ethan Hawke’s character Edward Dalton, a hematologist vampire who is working towards finding a blood substitute due to an increasing decline in the human population.

The film also stars Sam Neil as Charles Bromley, the man who runs Bromley Marks, the main blood supplier of the United States. Bromley puts increasing pressure on Dalton to create the blood substitute due to the slow extinction of the human population. During the course of the movie Hawke comes into contact with a band of humans trying to replicate a cure that was found by a former vampire Elvis played by Willem Dafoe.

As dystopias go, I believe this was a very good one. I have wondered, many times actually, what a world of only vampires would become and this did a very good idea of expanding on that thought. Visually I became annoyed at the color shift in the movie. While it was once a novel idea to put a subtle blue hue to film in order to make it seem dreary it is becoming tired and played. My world does not look slightly tinted blue and I do not think, unless a global warming induced problem has tinted the sky, any movie needs tinting.

The characters were believable and I have watched this movie many times and have noticed subtleties of the acting and writing that were not apparent in earlier viewings. This allows the movie to seem fresh and new with each additional viewing. It did not focus much on the vampires, which is a big bonus. I enjoyed that it was a movie about struggling in a dying world that just happened to have vampires as opposed to a movie about vampires in a dying world.

The movie also dealt with many different questions about life, death, and integrity which gives it a timeless quality because even if vampire popularity were to fade, the movie can always be watched to fulfill the need to see how much worse a world can get. I would definitely put this on par with movies like Soylent Green ad They Live.

You can buy it on amazon.com Daybreakers [Blu-ray] is 13.99 with free shipping for amazon prime. It is also available for 9.99 with Amazon Prime Instant Video or for 5.96 for DVD.

 

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Alphaville: Une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution - 1965

Alphaville, billed as the inspiration for Terminator and Blade Runner, is a 1960’s dystopian film. The movie, filmed in Black and White, starred the late Eddie Constantine, an American born French actor.

It is a film noir style dystopian adventure. The main character Lemmy Caution plays a hard-nosed secret agent who goes undercover as Ivan Johnson, American journalist, gathering evidence on the planned and regulated ubersociety named Alphaville.

While the plot appears to be set in the future, the characters reference events that were modern and recent to their time. However, the appearance of Alphaville, set to the backdrop of 1960’s France does seem futuristic because of the architecture of the time, including such staples as the Louvre. The interior scenes also have the appearance of being futuristic because of modern design elements, and the abundance of white walls, which after seeing THX 1138 has become a marker for the future.

The story was interesting and combined the idea of a society enslaved by logic and calculations, similar to the world of We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. Alphaville also includes the concept of rewriting words to remove emotion from society, which mirrors George Orwell’s concept of newspeak. Although, the story seems to be a B movie, the writing is acceptable and it supposes a near future type situation that reminds me of Terminator and 1984.

Some parts of the story were annoying and took me out of the story. I found it very grating that the movie would play the same suspenseful rift often at improper times, leading me to tweet “the suspenseful music is becoming suspenseful annoying #alphaville.” Later on, the main character Lemmy Caution spoke about some fictional characters as though they were real, even though they had nothing to do with the story. At some point in the film, Lemmy Caution asks for the whereabouts of Dick Tracy and Flash Gordon and he continuously brings up a Dr. Nosferatu. I kept half expecting a vampire to come out of the shadows and grab someone or for Flash Gordon to appear while singing a Queen Song, but it never happened. For them to use these character names instead of creating their own reeked of bad writing.

Overall, if a person enjoys dystopian movies and books, I believe that they will enjoy this movie for at least its inspirational qualities. I know that I liked the movie and was thoroughly entrenched within the world that it created. I thought it was intelligent and a very good quality dystopian film, at least until he asked about Flash Gordon and I laughed.

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Movie Monday’s Returns! Alphaville, available to watch instantly on Netflix, is a dystopian scifi movie that allegedly is what inspired movies like Blade Runner and Terminator. It involves a supercomputer that thwarts individual liberty. I have expectations of this being a great movie, considering that I’m terribly in love with Jean-Luc Piccard and I see there is a Jean-Luc in this movie.

Until Later… just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean their not after you.