‘Day Shift’ Review: Jamie Foxx, Vampire Slayer? Only in LA


In the general act of the brand new Netflix movie Day Shift, a bizarre-yet-really-fun buddy-action-horror-comedy, Snoop Dogg (sure, THAT Snoop Dogg) delivers a line that virtually makes all of the film value it: “That’s what I really like about LA. All the rattling vampires.”

Aside from the guts, comedy and fanfare that Snoop brings to the movie (in spite of restricted display screen time, his cowboy-hatted efficiency actually carries the film), his quote each harks again to vampire film historical past — evoking The Lost Boys — and encapsulates the movie’s distinctive twist at the vampire style that takes good thing about the grit and commercialism of Los Angeles.

Forget the years of Hollywood resigning vampires to sleepy Northwestern suburbs, deserted manufacturing facility towns, and German coastal cities; for Day Shift, Hollywood seems inward, spotting the ability of a town recognized for being parasitic as a environment the place vampires pop out to play.

It’s most likely the most productive a part of a film that sadly may well be accused of doing an excessive amount of in a different way. Jamie Foxx and Dave Franco are on the middle of a fast-moving plot, which additionally throws in complicated authentic lore (the vampires created a sunscreen to live on within the solar? And they are construction an actual property empire?), plus a carousel of characters who steadily do not get sufficient display screen time to construct relationships with one some other. (Need. More. Cowboy. Snoop.) Day Shift most likely would’ve served higher as a Netflix collection. But the arena it does determine inside its 1 hour, 53 minute run time is one that is, truthfully, genuinely enjoyable.

In the arena of Day Shift — streaming on Netflix now — vampires are nocturnal predators within the San Fernando Valley who hunt, kill, and sure, vampirify people of their thirst for blood.

Humans don’t seem to be simply helpless sufferers, regardless that. Enter vampire hunters, a pseudo-underground community of educated execs who hunt and kill vampires in any way vital – maximum frequently throughout the vintage means of decapitation – now not just for human protection, however with an added incentive. In this global, vampire fangs – the only frame phase a vampire can’t regenerate – are a part of an enormous black marketplace business.

But the shifty underground marketplace is not the one factor that provides this film a gritty, distinctly Californian motion film vibe like 2011’s Drive or Baz Luhrman’s vintage Romeo + Juliet adaptation.

Take pantsuit-clad vampire kingpin Audrey, performed via Karla Souza, who via her actual property offers (learn: secret hives for vampires) feels extra like a cutthroat valley trade lady than an evil coven chief. Or Snoop Dogg’s denim-and-leather-suited modern day cowboy who is inexplicably so cartoonish that he feels precisely like the type of particular person you’ll realistically see posted up out of doors of a strip mall in Los Angeles. Consider even the wild paperwork of the vampire hunter union, which in spite of its clandestine objective nonetheless hammers Foxx’s personality, Bud, all over the film with peculiar bylaws and costs that threaten his club. All of it contributes to a unusual, outlandish and humorous environment that actually may well be “most effective in LA.”

Combine that with a sun-soaked visible aesthetic, an attractive killer soundtrack (Snoop Dogg’s hazy rhymes clearly make an look), and a few superb buddy-cop (err, buddy-vampire hunter) chemistry between Foxx and Dave Franco, and you have an attractive cast strategy to spend two hours.

While it will now not turn into a crucial a part of the vampire film canon, a minimum of the vampires are out in new portions of the arena in search of new blood.


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