Parenthood is once more on the coronary heart of the plot, equivalent to it’s, in “Day Shift,” which may simply as simply be titled “Dad: Vampire Slayer.” Foxx performs Bud Jablonski, a bounty hunter (he masquerades as a pool cleaner) struggling to make ends meet financially, all of a sudden given a significant motivation to earn money: His ex (Meagan Good) is planning to maneuver away from Los Angeles with their younger daughter (Zion Broadnax).
Sadly, Bud is on dangerous phrases with the worldwide vampire-hunting union, which assigns a nervous workplace employee, his union rep Seth (Dave Franco), to experience together with Bud and attempt to catch him committing code violations that can enable them to torpedo his profession. That produces numerous banter, bickering and sadly, pants wetting, a pure if low-brow response to the new-to-him prospect of getting killed.
“Day Shift” largely seems to exist for the violent, martial-arts-flavored struggle sequences (these vampires are unexpectedly prone to getting punched within the face), however after the primary encounter wherein Bud dispatches an “old lady” who seems to be much more than that, the considerable motion yields diminishing returns.
There’s additionally a disposable villain, Audrey (“How to Get Away With Murder’s” Karla Souza), an historic vampire who’s sucking up actual property within the San Fernando Valley — an apt metaphor for the Southern California’s dear housing market, maybe, however in any other case fairly ho-hum as such threats go.
Making his directing debut, veteran stuntman J.J. Perry and writers Tyler Tice and Shay Hatten search to unearth laughs and enjoyable the place they’ll, which incorporates having Snoop Dogg on board as a veteran vampire hunter. However like the whole lot else in “Day Shift,” the film has the texture of being made up because it goes alongside in between the struggle scenes, anemically constructing towards a loud, lengthy and tedious climactic showdown.
As famous, Netflix has exhibited a thirst for tasks with Foxx on the marquee, and “Day Shift” will most likely repay when it comes to its minutes-viewed standards.
But whereas this type of escapism would possibly yield bottom-line dividends due to the mixture of premise and star, that is the form of lifeless effort the place the prudent recommendation can be to not give up your day jobs.
“Day Shift” premieres Aug. 12 on Netflix. It is rated R.