Day Shift (2022)
Director: J.J. Perry
Screenplay by: Tyler Tice, Shay Hatten from a story by Tyler Tice
Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Meagan Good, Karla Souza, Steve Howey, Scott Adkins, Oliver Masucci, Snoop Dogg and Zion Broadnax
Tagline: Some Jobs Really Go for the Throat
The Overview: Beware of spoilers…
Bud Jablonski (Foxx) is separated from his wife who plans to move to Florida with their little girl due to mounting bills. Bud convinces his wife to give him until the end of the week to raise the needed several thousand dollars. She agrees.
Although his wife thinks he’s a pool cleaner, Bud is actually a vampire killer. The trouble is, Bud was kicked out of the vampire-killing union due to multiple rules violations. In order to get a chance at raising the kind of money he needs, Bud gets Big John Elliott (Snoop Dogg), a legendary vampire killer, to vouch for him and is reinstated in the union. In order to make sure that Bud follows the rules, he’s paired with a nervous union desk clerk (Franco) with no field experience. Now all Bud has to do is kill enough vampires to raise the needed cash — little does Bud know that a vampire queen has him and his family in her sights.
If you’ve read this far, you might enjoy Day Shift. It has it’s moments, but is so far from reality that there’s little tension. We never really fear for the deaths of any of the stars, and when we’re surprised that one does die, the post credits scene reveals what we thought happened, didn’t. The lack of tension would be okay if the comedy really hit home, but again, there are moments but not enough to make it a laugh fest. My favorite scenes involved the Nazarian brothers (Howey and Adkins) who are vampire hunters extraordinaire. Day Shift isn’t terrible, but I was expecting better.
Day Shift earns 2 of 5 stars.