Conclusion: It's about time we're given another vampire film that's actually worthy of our attention. Unlike the genre's recent rip-offs, 'Byzantium' has a lot more than just sulking teenagers – but I fear that it will go the way of 'Let the Right One In' or 'Let Me In' by passing by mostly unnoticed. If you enjoy the deep and moody vampire classic 'Interview with a Vampire,' then you'll surely find 'Byzantium' worthwhile.
Excerpt: Throughout Byzantium , 16-year-old Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) writes of what she cannot speak—a bit archaically, yes, but she is, after all, over a hundred years old. Living with an older sister, Clara (Gemma Arterton), who might actually be her mother, the cagey lass is almost absurdly forthright on paper, ostentatiously recalling her life story in a notebook before scattering its pages to the wind.
Excerpt: I love that directors have their obsessions. Where would we be if Cronenberg didn't love to look inside bodies or if Scorsese gave up the gangster picture? Neil Jordan seems to be obsessed with folk tales, from the well-known werewolf ( The Company of Wolves ) to the obscure Ondine (in Ondine , appropriately enough).
Conclusion: Neil Jordan returns to the realm of immortality, blood-sucking, and allegorical folklore with Byzantium , working from Moira Buffini's stage-to-screen script about a vagabond vampire duo who conceal their two-hundred-year secret while taking up residence in an inactive hotel. Horror and suspense are secondary here to dramatic meditations on eternal life and the morality of drinking the blood of humans, along with the intentionally somber depiction of how the two women...
Excerpt: Tempting though it might be to blame Twilight for America’s enduring fascination with brooding bloodsuckers, the throbbing vein of influence does not end with Stephenie Meyer. The real queen of the damned is Anne Rice, author of numerous fang-and-bodice bestsellers, whose crimson-ink fingerprints are all over the last two decades of vampire fiction.
Summary: While Neil Jordan’s last film, 2009’s beguiling, wholly underrated sea-nymph tale Ondine , stopped short of marking a full-fledged return to the realm of fantastique where he’s notably contributed with Company of Wolves and Interview with the Vampire , Byzantium is such a return - and his most satisfying and cohesive work in years.
Conclusion: A mixture of tough and wistful and reflective and brutal, this is the ideal vampire movie for Twi-hards who’ve had their hearts broken for the first time and want to move on to a less cosy vision of eternal romance with a side order of addiction.
Summary: Clara en Eleanor zijn al 200 jaar op de vlucht. Clara heeft haar dochter Eleanor ooit op illegale wijze het eeuwige leven geschonken en sindsdien worden de twee achterna gezeten door hun soortgenoten. Byzantium is wederom een productie in het vampier subgenre, zoals er de afgelopen jaren vele zijn geweest. De uitvoering is echter sterk, zowel in het camerawerk als het acteren, waardoor deze film zich toch zeker van de grote concurrentie weet te onderscheiden.