Vampires. Every so often the blood sucking undead show their sometimes ugly faces to the world and we get a new vampire flick. Netflix has provided the newest addition to the genre this weekend with a film starring Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco and Snoop Dogg called Day Shift.
Down on his luck pool cleaner, Bud Jablonski (Jamie Foxx), has a secret life. He hunts vampires. Unfortunately, his second life has caused a rift between him and his ex-wife Jocelyn (Meagan Good) and his daughter Paige (Zion Broadnax). Jocelyn told Bud that she planned on moving then back to Florida. Bud begged her to wait until Monday so he could make the extra money that they needed.
This meant that Bud had to try to get back into the Union that he had been kicked out of awhile ago so he could make the money quickly. Union head Ralph Seeger (Eric Lange) allowed him to come back, despite his better judgement thanks to a recommendation from ultra cool vampire hunter Big John (Snoop Dogg), but Seeger assigned Seth (Dave Franco), a union rep, to follow Bud along, looking for violations so he could kick him out once more for good.
Day Shift had a lot of fun to it. Jamie Foxx was a perfect lead bad ass in the film, being given the most development of any of the characters. He was willing to do whatever he could to not lose his family. Snoop Dogg brought a lot to his limited screen time, ratcheting up his cool factor. I’m not sure how much I enjoyed the Dave Franco character.
The film does a pretty solid job of building the world around these characters. Set in the San Fernando Valley, there is a ton of information provided about the different vampiric types living in the area and the background of the Union.
There is not much to the story outside of the action beats. There are plenty of fun and graphic vampire kills as Bud’s trying to raise money. The ending battles may have gone on a bit long, but they are fairly well planned out.
In the end, the film rests on the charisma of its lead star and Jamie Foxx gives a solid performance to carry the story. If you are a fan of Jamie Foxx , this should be right up your alley. If you are a fan of vampire films, this one does a decent job, though there are a couple things that happen that made me question the rules of the world.
Overall, it is fun and a harmless viewing experience on Netflix.