DAY SHIFT on Netflix is a new vampire horror-comedy starring Jamie Foxx and Dave Franco. It’s really good fun for a Friday night. Nothing more, but it doesn’t need to be either. Read our full Day Shift movie review here!
DAY SHIFT is a new Netflix vampire movie starring Jamie Foxx in the lead role. We’re in the action, fantasy, horror, and comedy genres. A real hybrid as you would expect from any vampire movie that has a comedic twist.
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Continue reading our Day Shift movie review below. The film premieres on Netflix on August 12, 2022.
A real Jamie Foxx movie
While I did find myself thinking that Jamie Foxx could easily play Blade, Day Shift isn’t that kind of vampire movie. This is more a vampire movie like Shaun of the Dead is a zombie movie. Or maybe Army of the Dead is a better comparison.
Though, to be fair, I think the plot of Day Shift wins by being more simple and focused on fewer characters. Dave Franco does well as the classic “straight man” that the others play off of. He’s sweet and safe and the opposite of the character played by Jamie Foxx.
This, of course, means that the two will find strength in each others’ differences.
Aside from these two, we also get Karla Souza as the vampire in charge of this area (and also a real estate agent). Meagan Good plays the ex-wife of Jamie Foxx’s character and Snoop Dogg is the brilliant vampire hunter who everybody adores.
In even smaller roles, we also see Steve Howey and Oliver Masucci as well as Eric Lange. The latter offers up yet another memorable look as far as hairstyles go. You can also trust him to deliver on that!
Quite predictable in many ways
Sure, Day Shift is predictable in many ways. There are ongoing jokes and certain plot developments (I don’t think they were even meant to be twists) are easy to predict. And no, Day Shift isn’t a masterpiece or innovative in any way.
But so what? Isn’t it enough to just deliver a fun and entertaining movie?
Well, to me it certainly is.
Still, there are funny scenes with the vampires and it did have a few surprises along the way. And yes, I would definitely be ready for a sequel which is absolutely possible given the ending of this one.
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J.J. Perry is the director of Day Shift which is his directorial debut. He has nothing else to his name as far as directing goes. He does, however, have more than 20 credits as a Second Unit or Assistant Director. Also, he has worked as a stunt coordinator in movies for three decades.
Including movies like John Wick, Fast & Furious, and even Spy (2015). That last one is probably the most relevant since it also uses action and comedy in equal measures. Shay Hatten (Army of the Dead) and Tyler Tice [this is his debut] wrote the screenplay.
I expected this one to be entertaining and had no real expectations for it other than that. In that sense, it delivered exactly what I expected and I would recommend it for a fun Friday night where you just want to relax and be entertained.
At 1 hour and 53 minutes, it’s longer than it needed to be. However, it didn’t get to the point where I got bored or stopped paying attention. I had fun with it and nothing more, which is absolutely fine by me.
Day Shift is out on Netflix globally from August 12, 2022.
Director: JJ Perry
Writers: Tyler Tice, Shay Hatten
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco, Snoop Dogg, Karla Souza, Meagan Good, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Oliver Masucci, Steve Howey, Scott Adkins, Zion Broadnax
Jamie Foxx stars as a hard working blue collar dad who just wants to provide a good life for his quick-witted daughter, but his mundane San Fernando Valley pool cleaning job is a front for his real source of income, hunting and killing vampires as part of an international Union of vampire hunters.