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'Day Shift' Movie Review: Jamie Foxx Killing Boring Vampires

"Vampire" is what Jamie Foxx's character Bad tells us in the new movie, The Day Shift. It's not Eclipse, it's not New Moon, it's not Breaking Dawn Part I, it's nothing like that."

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Runtimes: 113 minute. Rated by Netflix (strong violence and gore, language).

No, it's not funny at all.

'Day Shift' directed by J.J. Netflix's Perry turns fanged night-dwellers into bland, karate-kicking zombies. No personality or mythic grandeur, but ready to engage in hand-to-hand combat and perform pointless backflips.

Where's the nuanced acting in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"?

Budd impersonates a pool cleaner in his Valley of San Fernando, California, Actually making money as a union vampire hunter. He kills the undead, pulls out their teeth, and sells them for cash. Not the sexiest plot, but it's there.

Jamie Foxx and Snoop Dogg kill vampires in "Day Shift."

Are we amused when Foxx slaps blood-sucking animals around? Grandma? Hmm. Remember anything about Snoop Dogg's character, Big John? Fox and Snoop's run-of-the-mill action sequences are all pretty gymnastic, but not particularly vampire.

Bud's ex-wife (Meagan Good) and his 8-year-old daughter (blindly unaware that he's been hunting vampires) go on a vengeance named Audrey (Kara Souza). Life gets complicated when you're kidnapped by a burning vampire. To rescue them from their soundstage, uh, underground lair.

Dave Franco's character Seth battles a contorting vampire.
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This movie looks pretty cheesy, but it's usually cheap. A comedy with clashes of personalities. Dave Franco plays dorky Seth, the arbiter assigned to make sure the reckless, rule-bound Bud doesn't violate the Vampire Hunters Guild ordinance. Franco speaks Tagalon the way he did since "Neighbors", but it's not outdated yet so it's okay. Also, his personality has a twist that doesn't make logical sense, but it's fun enough as a spell.

The tone of 'Dayshift' seems to be modeled on the more enjoyable film 'Zombieland'starring Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg as the orderly zombie his killer. . These two films also include Rules, a nervous dwarf playing with a reckless gunslinger, and using found objects to kill creatures of comical hues. However, the comparison ends there. "Zombieland" has an unexpectedly moving character arc and subtlety.   

Lucky "Dayshift" features his Foxx, an Oscar winner. He is a charming heroic who gags about characters' pubic burning.