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Daybreakers Legion of Darkness

By Genevieve Burgess | DVD Releases | May 11, 2010 |

By Genevieve Burgess | DVD Releases | May 11, 2010 |

Daybreakers: “Dystopic films have to strike the right balance between the sterility of the future and the need to breathe some life into the movie (see Gattaca for a good examplre). The Spierig Brothers get the vampire dystopia right — I really like the idea of huge corporations farming human blood for a mostly vampire population. But there’s no razzmatazz, no charisma, no spirit, no fucking life force. It needs an occasional dose of humor; a Hannibal King; a sympathetic character. Something that might resonate with the audience, that we can relate to; that might make us give a damn about the smart ideas bubbling beneath asepsis.” - Dustin Rowles

Edge of Darkness: “My guess is that a lot of critics and, in particular, box-office prognosticators, are taking a very noncommittal approach to Mel Gibson’s first turn in front of the screen in seven years. How very fucking professional of them — who would want to be on the wrong side of the box-office receipts come Monday, right? Well, here’s my noncommittal approach: Fuck Mel Gibson and fuck this movie.” - Dustin Rowles

Legion: “So Michael (Paul Bettany) drops to earth, cuts off his wings, the apocalypse starts, he stocks up on guns and starts shooting freaky old ladies who climb the walls like extras from Aliens. Set piece, boom, faux philosophy, set piece, boom, faux philosophy. Oh look a creepy kid channeling Gage from Pet Sematary. Gotta protect the pregnant chick until her crotchfruit of destiny pops out to save the world. All actors except the obvious Mary figure and obvious Joseph figure please line up to die in reverse order of paycheck size … except for the miscellaneous CW actress who just turned 18, the director has requested you be in the entire movie for some reason. Ooh, razor wings, how fancy! Ride off into the sunset … and cut! That should do it for The Prophecy VI: Walken’s Diner. And we’re set up just right for a straight-to-DVD sequel starring (whether their particular character is alive or dead at the end) the biggest name from the film having the largest dry spell two years from now.” - Steven Lloyd Wilson

Also released this week: Elysium, How I Got Lost, Malice in Wonderland, One Deadly Summer