Perhaps the only possible way to associate vampires with the word “cool” is to get Jamie Foxx to kill them. Netflix’s “Day Shift” trailer shows Bud Jablonski (Jamie Foxx), a pool cleaner in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, who is also a vampire hunter. But it’s not like he is on a mission to save humanity from an impending zombie apocalypse. He is an everyday guy who kills vampires for money. In this endeavor, he is assisted by Seth (Dave Franco). We also have Snoop Dogg as Big John Elliot, who is a friend of Bud’s. But the question is, we have seen many zombie films in the past. So why should we watch this one?
Well, the film will be Jamie’s first union with vampires, which itself is something worth waiting for. Moreover, the film is the directorial debut of JJ Perry, who has worked in the “John Wick” films. So action will be the first priority. And the trailer does prove that more than anything else, “Day Shift” will emphasize on Jamie’s encounter with zombies as he tries to make money working shifts. Let’s break the trailer down.
Vampires Are Common
From the trailer, it seems that vampires have become commonplace. And Bud is just another guy trying to make money by “cutting necks and cashing checks.” However, it seems that he was once a full-time member of an underground organization called the Union that employed people to kill vampires and made money out of it. But that was until he was dismissed after having earned a reputation for causing more damage than acceptable. So, he decided to go solo, killing vampires and selling their teeth for money. Finally, an old friend of his, Big John Elliot, takes him back to Union, and he gets his “one last chance.” And what follows is pure mayhem. There is an emotional arc in the plot, as we are shown that he is doing it to make money for his wife (Meagan Good) and daughter (Zion Broadnax), which helps the film spin a thread that connects it to real life.
A zombie movie, for the most part, is quite predictable. But it doesn’t mean that you will not be entertained. While it will apparently take time for Hollywood to reach the potential of films like Train to Busan, it has been able to maintain its reputation for havoc-wreaking zombie movies that do offer gore entertainment, like “Army of the Dead, “Zombieland,” “World War Z,” and the “Resident Evil” franchise, among others. And “Day Shift” is another addition that will hopefully up the ante of zombie films with the likes of the legendary Jamie Foxx and director JJ Perry, who has previously coordinated stunts in “John Wick “films (second unit director too), “Bloodshot,” “Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “F9,” “The Fate of the Furious” “Gemini Man,” and many more action films.
“Day Shift” is his directorial debut, but we can imagine the level of action that we will see, a few glimpses of which the trailer gives us as well. Thankfully, Day Shift is R-rated, which makes sense. There will be blood and gore, which is pretty much a necessary element in zombie movies. The film will emphasize the action rather than explore vampirism, something that has been done again and again. While the premise is not uncommon—a hard-working father, vampires, and San Francisco—let us be positive about it and hope that it will give us a renewed adrenaline-pumping look at how zombies should be killed while making the most of our homemade popcorn.
Day Shift is a 2022 vampire film that will arrive on Netflix on August 12. It stars Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco, and Snoop Dogg.