Starring: Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco, Snoop Dogg, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Meagan Good, Karla Souza, Eric Lange, and Zion Broadnax
Director: J.J. Perry
Day Shift doesn’t take long to set up what kind of movie it is. Two minutes in, and vampires are already being shot into the scorpion position (which happens a surprisingly large amount). Yet, the next action set piece doesn’t occur for at least another 30 minutes. Instead, it takes the clichéd “I need X dollars in Y days or I lose my family” storyline way too seriously for a movie that leans heavily into silly R-rated vampire movie tropes. Jamie Foxx’s natural charm could have made me overlook the predictability, conveniences, and undeveloped characters, but the tonal imbalance was hard to overcome.
Day Shift, like Netflix’s other urban fantasy film Bright, is a cool idea that should work but unfortunately doesn’t. Everything about the world building feels complete, and the performances are engaging, but there is something missing. Plus, the overuse of CGI, lack of focus for the majority of the story, and weak jokes add additional hindrances. Still, a sequel or spinoff could prove to be successful with the right director and writer. Jamie Foxx and Dave Franco deserve better.
When considering Netflix’s star-driven blockbusters, Day Shift has to be considered one of the streaming service’s weakest of the year, maybe ever. It’s basically just Ride Along, with the tiniest traces of True Lies and Zombieland, but with vampires. It relies on so many generic tropes that I don’t have enough space to even start mentioning them here, not to mention an over-the-top, WWE-style fight choreography that weirdly lacks fun and excitement. Plot points and the rules of the world we’re given don’t make much sense either, and there are a few downright odd camera angles put in play. Banging West Coast soundtrack, though.