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BYZANTIUM is moody, atmospheric, often bloody, sometimes funny and always interesting horror tale. It is not a SCARY movie...nor is it trying to be. Vampires don't really scare anymore...but Jordan proves that they can be interesting subjects for story-telling. BYZANTIUM is also often very slow moving and isn't quite as gripping as it thinks it is. I enjoyed the movie, I guess...but in many ways I APPRECIATED it more than I loved it.
I don't really want to give away too much of the plot, because much of the film is really the slow telling of the backstory of these two vampires. The film is set in modern times and shows how these two make their ways in the world. (These vampires can go out during the day, by the way.) They could probably settle into a "normal" life of sorts (except for the need to feed on blood and the lack of aging!), but they are being chases by a group determined to kill them. Again, I won't say more, because finding out the history of these two and their relationship to the group attempting to root them out is the fun of the film.
Arterton spent her last few years of "real" life as a prostitute, and even centuries later, she is a vampire who makes a living in the sex trade. Ronan was her daughter, abandoned to a convent as a baby and raised by nuns, and carries with her an intense guilt for what she is and a burning need to tell her story.Read more ›
Simply put, they’re two sides of the human coin, and rarely does a vampire story convey the joy and the pathos of being one as does BYZANTIUM, the new thriller from director Neil Jordan.
(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you’re the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)
The young Eleanor Webb (played by the increasingly bankable Saoirse Ronan) continues writing her life story in a paper manuscript; and then she throws them away. The reality she lives is one she cannot truly speak about: she’s a vampire, trapped in her teenage body, sharing an existence from one hidden corner to the next with her sensuously depraved mother Clara (Gemma Arterton has never been lovelier!).Read more ›
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"Byzantium"(2012) i directed by Neil Jordan (The Brave One, The Crying Game). This is survival/vampire story set in contemporary times on the coast of Ireland about a... Read morePublished 28 days ago by G. Edmonson
A truly underrated gem of a Vampire flick. Highly atmospheric, unusual and poetic, with a fantastic cast and lovely back story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jwlhyfer de Winter
Originally saw this on Netflix and loved it so much i bought it. Great movie for any horror collectors set!!!!Published 2 months ago by Jamie
Mother-daughter vampire movie. Really surprised how good this movie turned out to be. Some blood and gore but appropriate for the movie. Good storyline and excellent acting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ML Poundstone
My friend recommended this movie to me and was so emphatic that it was such a great film, and we have very similar taste in movies. Read morePublished 3 months ago by theliterarygirl
If you like vampire movies you will like this movie. It is well written and directed. The acting is very good. The cinematography is terrific. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eddie W. Osburn