Look, we’re not made of stone here† Pitch us a movie with a simple, straight forward, recognizable premise – Jamie Foxx and Snoop Dogg as worker vampire hunters killing undead gentrifers in Loin Angeles, for example– and we’ll at least take a look at the thing, right? Hence the interested reception today a new Vanity Fair profile focused on upcoming Netflix movie day shiftthe movie where, well… see above.
Besides having a pretty good plot hook, day shift also has some kind of family tree that pays off pretty well for action movies past: the stunt performer to director pipeline, epitomized here by director JJ Perry, whose name is all over the Fast And The Furious and John Wick franchises (with its director, stuntperformer-turned-director Chad Stahotheski, also produces on the film† Hire a stunt performer as your directornot always a recipe for success of course, but it does put more emphasis on practicality and physical effects rather than CGI light shows. (In this case, Perry apparently fooled his vampires into hiring contortionists – partially out of work due to the crippling effects of the pandemic on the Cirque Du Soleil industry – to creeping leeches.)
But most of the time we’re just For real in the idea of Jamie Foxx and Snoop Dogg killing rich vampires. †Somewhat hilariously, Perry is oddly insistent in the profile thatthe cast “Calvin Broadus”†Snoop Dogg’s birth name—and not “Snoop Dogg,” in his film, his performer tells That, “I don’t want Snoop to be Big John. I’m hiring Calvin Broadus to play Big John.”) Foxx plays a pool cleaner who moonlights as a killer of the undead, trying to regain favor with the Los Angeles vampire killers union after a number of workplace violations. (Look, we don’t say day shift sounds subtle† we say it sounds fun.) Snoop Dogg plays his guild-connected friend, co-starring Dave Franco and Karla Souza.
Vanity Fair has some first shots of the film, in case your interest is piqued; day shift will be released on Netflix on August 12.