What Happens in Jamie Foxx’s Netflix Movie?
There’s nothing sparkly about vampires day shift, the new action-comedy from Jamie Foxx that started streaming on Netflix today. That said, the character of Foxx, a badass vampire hunter who is akin to Woody Harrelson in zombieland— saw four of the five films of the Dusk saga.
Directed by JJ Perry, with a script by Tyler Tice and Shay Hatten, Day Shift is more or less an excuse to give Jamie Foxx a reason to have a bunch of jaw-dropping fight scenes. The plot is not really rocket science. That said, like most vampire movies, day shift has its own confusing set of rules and lore when it comes to these sharp-toothed undead creatures.
If you got lost along the way, don’t worry. The decision maker is there to help you. Read on for the day shift summary of the plot, as well as the day shift ending explained.
What is day shift on Netflix about? day shift plot summary:
Bud Jablonski (Jamie Foxx) is a working-class family man whose blue-collar job is to hunt down vampires, kill them, and sell their precious teeth for pay. And Bud could really use the money right now because his ex-wife is threatening to move his daughter to Florida unless Bud can find the money to pay for her private school tuition in a few days. The pawnshop prices aren’t enough, so Bud is forced to return to the Vampire Hunting Syndicate, from which he had previously been expelled for not following Syndicate protocol.
Bud’s former union buddy Big John Elliott (played by none other than Grammy-winning rapper Snoop Dogg) puts in a good word, so the union boss gives Bud another chance. But there are conditions – he must work the least lucrative day shift and he must keep the eyes of a union representative kept by the books, Seth (Dave Franco), who monitors his every move for union violations.
Bud follows a lead to a housing estate in the valley, where he, Dave, and two other vampire hunters raid and kill many vampires. But, as nerd Dave notes, it’s odd that so many different types of vampires live together. What’s more, thanks to a super strong sunscreen, they can also expose themselves to the sun for periods of time. There are many confusing and hastily explained stories about vampires in day shift– there are five different types, familiars are one thing, if a young vampire bites a human then said human will not become a full vampire (or something like that) – but none of this ends up being very relevant to the plot at the end, so you don’t have to worry about that. Basically, something weird is going on with vampires here.
It is soon revealed that the weirdness is caused by a vampire named Audrey (Karla Souza), a real estate agent who has been buying houses in the area and filling them with all kinds of vampires. Audrey has turned humans into vampires against their will because she worries about the low vampire population. This includes Heather (played by Natasha Liu Bordizzo), the nice new neighbor at Bud’s building, and poor Seth. But just because these humans have become vampires doesn’t mean they’re evil. Heather and Seth, having become good vampires, agree to help Bud confront Audrey.
And he’s going to need all the help he can get, because Audrey has just kidnapped Bud’s ex-wife and daughter, and is holding them hostage in her lair. Why? Because it turns out that the old vampire lady Bud killed in the opening scene was Audrey’s daughter. (She failed to turn her until she was really old.) Now Audrey will have her revenge…unless Bud can stop her.
What is the day shift ending explained?
Bud, Seth and Heather attempt to break into Audrey’s lair. It doesn’t look good…until Bud’s friend Snoop Dogg shows up to save the day with a really big gun. After being bitten on the neck by a vampire, Snoop shoots the old « go on without me, I’ll hold them back » schtick, and appears to blow himself up.
Bud confronts Audrey in a final showdown. It seems all is lost when Bud runs out of silver bullets. Bud closes his eyes and prepares for the killing blow as Audrey lunges at him…then his head falls. Bud made the same move he did in the opening scene: an almost invisible silver thread, stretched across the room, which strained and decapitated the vampire. He wins!
Seth decides to leave his union office job for the field to continue « mowing vampires with my best friend Bud ». Bud gets back together with his ex, and with all the money made from Audrey’s vampire tooth, Bud’s family will be able to keep the girl in a private school in Los Angeles.
And, in the film’s final scene, Snoop Dogg comes out of the sewer like a teenage mutant ninja turtle, lights a blunt and says, « That’s what I love about LA. » All those fucking vampires!
So… does that mean Snoop Dogg is also a vampire now? He got bitten, after all. It’s not clear, and there’s no day shift scene after the credits, so I guess we’ll have to wait Day shift 2.