Bud Jablonski (Jamie Foxx), a pool cleaner in the San Fernando Valley, takes out two creepy vampires and sells them on the black market in Perry's film, written by Tyler Tice and Shay Hatten, that hidden world largely remains hidden.
Bud (Meagan Good) and his ex-wife Jocelyn (Zion Broadnax) have announced that they would move if Bud cannot pay for Paige's school and braces within a week. However, because Bud has previously been kicked out of the vampire killing union, he has chosen a partner, Seth (Dave Franco).
Perry's film is mainly concerned with Bud's attempts at getting enough fangs to pay for his daughter's tuition and braces, as he has decades of experience in the field of stunts, including on films such as Mortal Kombat, Iron Man, and Avatar. These fight sequences have a remarkable malleable quality, as these vampires can almost fold in on themselves, defy physics, and then return to fight as if nothing has occurred.
The majority of Day Shift action is enjoyed by viewers, but the areas that aren't explored further feel like a missed opportunity. For example, Snoop Dogg's gigantic gun-toting hero, Big John, the whole vampire hunting union seems like a fascinating world to explore. Despite its small size, Francos Seth provides only minor information that may be useful in the future.
The connection between Bud and Seth is enjoyable at first, but the stark difference between them in their actions in the field provides some of the film's funny moments. As Day Shift enters its third act, it becomes more of a story of Bud trying to deceive a group of vampires led by Audrey (Karla Souza), another point of interest that is ignored or discarded.
The Gray Man, a recent Netflix summer action film, seems to be focusing more on showing off the world's potentials for future sequels/prequels/whatever, while Day Shift is presenting the world's apparent underground collection of vampires in a rather generic light.
Even if Day Shift never quite reaches its full potential, it is enjoyable for the things it wants to focus on, although its hard not to wish it would investigate the larger world further. Foxx and Franco are particularly enjoyable to watch together, and Perry shows that he is a gifted director of action sequences.
Day Shift is now available on Netflix.