PLOT: Bud Jablonski (Jamie Foxx) masquerades as a pool cleaner, however in actuality, he’s a vampire hunter struggling to make ends meet in a aggressive job market. Thrown out of the vampire killing union attributable to his perspective, he’s given one final shot to rejoin them however should impress a nerdy union rep (Dave Franco) with no vamp looking expertise. In the meantime, an historic vampire (Karla Souza) plots to show the San Fernando Valley right into a Mecca for the undead however harbours a lethal grudge in opposition to Jablonski and desires him and his household lifeless.
REVIEW: Day Shift is so much much less formidable than a few of Netflix’s different, bigger-budget would-be franchise starters. Right here’s the factor – in the event that they’ve put out something this 12 months that legitimately feels prefer it has the prospect to be a franchise, that is it. Whereas nothing you haven’t seen earlier than, it is a modestly scaled vampire looking action-comedy, a well-loved style by horror followers. I anticipate this to rake in views for Netflix, and it wouldn’t shock me if Jamie Foxx’s Bud Jablonski turns into a personality he can reprise each few years for the streamer.
Certainly, Day Shift is enjoyable, even when it feels much less big-screen worthy than a few of Netflix’s different, costlier titles. Directed by J.J. Perry, who’s labored as a stunt coordinator for years, Day Shift is one other 87North manufacturing. This firm is run by David Leitch and Kelly McCormick, who’re turning into the go-to Tinseltown motion designers, not too long ago doing Nobody and Bullet Train. Whereas Jamie Foxx is a extra acquainted determine to the motion style than Bob Odenkirk, it’s cool to see him reworked right into a vampire looking model of John Wick, albeit one which’s extra blue-collar. He’s a working stiff making an attempt to make sufficient cash to maintain his ex (Meagan Good) from shifting to Florida with their daughter. She’s satisfied he’s a philanderer because of his late nights, however in actuality, he’s simply out killing vampires and making an attempt to offer, and Foxx is likable as at all times.
He’s ably supported by a recreation solid headed by Dave Franco because the nerdy union rep despatched to watch his vamp killing. I preferred that Franco, whereas uptight, is made to be sympathetic proper from the get-go, and a intelligent twist within the third act provides him much more bodily motion to do, alongside a scene-stealing Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Foxx’s mysterious new neighbor. 87 North does have a knack for churning out unlikely motion heroes, and so they do that not solely with Franco and Bordizzo but in addition with maybe essentially the most sudden motion hero of all – Snoop Dogg.
In it, Snoop performs a legendary vampire hunter/city cowboy named Large John, who reveals up once in a while to avoid wasting the day. The rapper seems to be like he’s legitimately having the time of his life in an motion position, and like Christopher Lloyd in No one, he looks as if he’s relishing the prospect to do one thing nobody ever anticipated from him. In the meantime. Perry brings in two ringers for a terrific motion set-piece within the center – a hulking Steve Howey (from Shameless) and the good Scott Adkins. The 2 play vampire looking brothers who take down a nest with Foxx, and this motion set piece is bug nuts. Whereas Netflix is bent on spinning off The Gray Man, possibly they’d be higher suggested to offer these two a modestly scaled motion film of their very own. Adkins has been ready for the day Hollywood would let him present his mettle, and whereas he solely will get one set piece right here, he’s clearly being directed by somebody who is aware of what he’s able to.
If Day Shift lacks one thing, it’s that the villain, Karla Souza’s Audrey San Fernando, isn’t given sufficient to do. Souza’s good, low-key vibe distinguishes her a bit, however we don’t dig into her mythology sufficient to make her a scary villain. she’s no match for Foxx and Franco from the start, a typical concern in motion flicks like this. Foxx wanted a larger-than-life villain to go up in opposition to, and Souza, whereas good, isn’t given sufficient meat to sink her fangs into (pun supposed).
Whereas not a jaw-dropping motion flick by any means, Day Shift remains to be a enjoyable Netflix programmer than will please motion followers and absorb tens of millions of hours of views. I feel this is likely to be the film that turns into a franchise for them primarily as a result of it’s not too huge. It’s the right scale for a Netflix film, and whereas it won’t work if it was theatrical, on streaming this one is an effective match.