Parenthood is yet again at the heart of the plot, this kind of as it is, in “Day Shift,” which could just as simply be titled “Father: Vampire Slayer.” Foxx plays Bud Jablonski, a bounty hunter (he masquerades as a pool cleaner) battling to make finishes meet up with monetarily, out of the blue supplied a important motivation to receive income: His ex (Meagan Fantastic) is setting up to move absent from Los Angeles with their young daughter (Zion Broadnax).
Unfortunately, Bud is on negative phrases with the intercontinental vampire-searching union, which assigns a anxious place of work worker, his union rep Seth (Dave Franco), to trip together with Bud and check out to catch him committing code violations that will make it possible for them to torpedo his vocation. That generates loads of banter, bickering and sad to say, trousers wetting, a pure if small-brow reaction to the new-to-him prospect of finding killed.
“Working day Shift” primarily seems to exist for the violent, martial-arts-flavored battle sequences (these vampires are unexpectedly inclined to receiving punched in the facial area), but soon after the 1st experience in which Bud dispatches an “outdated girl” who turns out to be a ton more than that, the considerable action yields diminishing returns.
There is certainly also a disposable villain, Audrey (“How to Get Away With Murder’s” Karla Souza), an ancient vampire who is sucking up actual estate in the San Fernando Valley — an apt metaphor for the Southern California’s expensive housing market, most likely, but otherwise rather ho-hum as this sort of threats go.
Producing his directing debut, veteran stuntman J.J. Perry and writers Tyler Tice and Shay Hatten search for to unearth laughs and exciting wherever they can, which contains getting Snoop Dogg on board as a veteran vampire hunter. But like everything else in “Working day Shift,” the film has the truly feel of being produced up as it goes together in in between the combat scenes, anemically constructing towards a loud, extensive and tedious climactic showdown.
As pointed out, Netflix has exhibited a thirst for initiatives with Foxx on the marquee, and “Day Change” will possibly pay off in phrases of its minutes-viewed criteria.
However while this sort of escapism may produce base-line dividends many thanks to the mixture of premise and star, this is the sort of lifeless hard work where by the prudent tips would be not to stop your day careers.
“Day Shift” premieres Aug. 12 on Netflix. It’s rated R.