A hard-working, blue-collar dad who just wants to provide a good life for his quick-witted 10-year-old daughter. His mundane San Fernando Valley pool cleaning job is a front for his real source of income: hunting and killing vampires.
Jamie Foxx and Snoop Dogg in a vampire comedy! WCGW? A helluvalot could go wrong as it turned out. And you’re still asking yourself why and how Netflix is going down the drain? Watch Day Shift (no, seriously, don’t!) and you know why. Nothing against cliché movie characters, they have their place, particularly in comedies; but never forget that comedies have one job to fulfill: They gotta be funny first and foremost. And it’s not like Day Shift wouldn’t try to be funny as heck. This flick even tries hard to be funny, maybe too hard? Coz it isn’t.
Is the problem the director who seems to care about the quality of the stunts instead of spunky dialogues? Or did the makers count on Snoop’s hilarious demeanor? He was in the movie not long enough to leave any mark. And his role wasn’t funny.
Dave Franco (James Franco’s little brother irl) on the other hand was in it quite long enough and his role as Union Rep could’ve been the source for a lot of fun but oh jeeze, what kind of doofuses write the screenplays in Hollywood these days. All the jokes fall flat, and there is no slapstick neither.
And then the inevitable villain, played by a not-quite sexy enough and very bland Karla Souza. The sexier female roles (Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Meagan Good) leave no impression at all and are forgotten as soon as they are off camera. What a fuxn waste of human resources.
So there is not much but our hero Bud Jablonski, but not even the usually very good Jamie Foxx manages to get anything out of one of the blandest movie heros ever.
One word about the stunts, as this movie was supposed to be any stuntman’s dream, an orgy of stunts. I kinda liked them, some of the
zombs vamps died spectacularly. Far as I know is the first-time director J.J. Perry a black belt in harakiri and a fight choreographer, and for that we expected more from the action scenes. We both preferred the stunts in Baby Assassins which we watched just the other day.
So, yes, this movie had a lot of the right ingredients but ultimately disappointed and left us rather cold.
CONCLUSION: A movie with Jamie Foxx! And Snoop Dogg! And vamps! FFS, how can something like that go so wrong? I tried to find an answer but there was sooooo much wrong with Day Shift, I can’t put my finger on a single thing. But mostly I guess it was the dud of a screenplay and a dud of director. And maybe Jamie Foxx just appearing in the movie for the paycheck. Everybody knows that man can carry a movie all alone if needs be … and if accordingly motivated. Which he obviously wasn’t in this dud of a movie.
So it’s really no wonder when we soon bid a sad farewell to Netflix. Let’s recapitulate, Netflixen’s choice of “original productions” has been a rollercoaster ride of hits and misses with a heavy bias on the misses. Their current state is nothing but the logical product of their loveless release policy.