Jamie Foxx kills boring vampires

“Vampires,” Jamie Foxx’s character Bud tells us in the new film Day Shift, “are not Brad Pitt in a leather jacket at a blood rave. It’s not ‘Eclipse’, it’s not ‘New Moon’, it’s not ‘Breaking Dawn Part I’ – it’s not like that.”

Movie review

Running time: 113 minutes. Rated R (Strong violence and blood and language.) On Netflix.

No, it’s far less interesting!

Day Shift, directed by JJ Perry for Netflix, turns the fanged night dwellers into boring, karate-kicking zombies, bereft of personality and mythical greatness, but willing to engage in hand-to-hand combat and mindless backflips.

Where, we wonder, is the nuanced acting of Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

Bud poses as a pool cleaner in California’s San Fernando Valley while actually earning money as a union vampire hunter. He slaughters the undead, rips out their teeth and sells them for cash. Not the hottest plot, but there it is.

Jamie Foxx and Snoop Dogg kill vampires "day shift."
Jamie Foxx (left) and Snoop Dogg kill vampires in Day Shift.
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Are we amused when Foxx knocks out a blood sucking granny? meh Do I remember anything about Snoop Dogg’s character Big John? Not really. The run-of-the-mill action sequences starring Foxx and Snoop are all rather gymnastic, but not particularly vampiric.

Life gets complicated when Bud’s ex-wife (Meagan Good) and his 8-year-old daughter (blithely unaware that he hunts vampires) are kidnapped by a vengeful vampire named Audrey (Karla Souza) and he saves them from a noise must stage, uh, underground hideout.

Dave Franco's character Seth battles a distorted vampire.
Dave Franco’s character Seth battles a distorted vampire.
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The film, which looks pretty cheap, is mostly a low-stakes comedy with dueling personalities. Dave Franco plays the idiot Seth, a referee tasked with making sure ruthless, rule-damned Bud doesn’t violate the vampire hunters’ union bylaws. Franco does the tagalong shtick he’s been doing since Neighbors, and that’s fine because it hasn’t gotten old yet. There’s also a twist to his character that doesn’t make any logical sense but is fun enough for a spell.

The tone of “Day Shift” seems to be modeled after the much more entertaining “Zombieland” films, which feature Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg as methodical zombie killers. This pair of movies also includes rules, a neurotic jerk frolicking with a ruthless gunslinger, and a comedic-tinged creature murder with found objects. The comparisons end there, however. Zombieland has unexpectedly moving character arcs and cleverness.

Lucky “Day Shift” has an Oscar-winning actor in Foxx who is appealingly heroic and jokes about a burning sensation in the characters privates.

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Emma Bowman

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