“The new action movie of the ‘John Wick’Maker’: That sounds like the cheap promise on a DVD cover that the accompanying film can’t keep anyway. Yet in the case of the vampire actioner “Day Shift”, which has been available to stream on Netflix since August 12, 2022, the list of those involved is “John Wick” veterans actually extensive:
With JJ Perry one of the stunt coordinators sits on the “John Wick’ films in the director’s chair (for the first time, by the way), Chad Stahelski (director of all ‘John Wick” parts) is on board as a producer, Shay Hatten wrote as with “John Wick 3” and “John Wick 4” on the script – and if you like, even the appearance of action hero Scott Adkins counts, because he plays both in the upcoming “John Wick: Chapter 4” and “Day Shift”.
And this concentrated action competence is also noticeable in “Day Shift”: The film’s first fight is an always varied and hilariously staged four-minute brawl between the main character, played by Jamie Foxx, and an old lady who turns out to be a spider-like vampire.
Later on, the aforementioned Scott Adkins drops in as a vampire killer and assists Jamie Foxx in digging up a nest of bloodsuckers – and then there’s a must-see car chase where J.J. As with most of the other scenes in the film, Perry and Co. rely on hand-made action and plenty of pyrotechnics.
Despite this, we only give “Day Shift” 2.5 out of 5 stars, because apart from the action, the vampire hunt is unsurprising and notable: The cast of characters is too interchangeable, the plot too predictable and the humor too clumsyfor which Dave Franco is mainly responsible as vampire hunter office boy who pees his pants in every (!) fight.
And that’s what “Day Shift” is about: Bud Jablonski (Jamie Foxx) poses as a pool cleaner but is actually a vampire hunter. However, this double life has ruined his marriage to Jocelyn (Meagan Good), who has evicted him and threatens to move away from Los Angeles with their daughter Paige (Zion Broadnax) if he doesn’t find the money for school and braces quickly.
Out of necessity, Bud seeks out his old buddy Big John (Snoop Dogg), who is supposed to get him back into the vampire hunters’ union, from which he has already been expelled several times for violating the rules. And Bud does get another chance – but for that he has to take the inexperienced office worker Seth (Dave Franco) with him on a vampire hunt…