I’ve just got back from watching Byzantium at the cinema.

I had never heard of this film until about 20 minutes before the film started. In this age of watered down and twinkly vampires it’s good to see them portrayed with a gritty and raw edge. There are fairly obvious similarities between this story and Interview with the Vampire, though Byzantium is not so epic. It was a rather slow paced film, but I don’t mean that in a bad way. It wasn’t trying to be horror or action, but a story about the characters, told at a steady pace.

Saoirse Ronan is intense and beautiful. I knew I recognized her from somewhere, but it was not until I checked on IMDB that I saw she was the kid from Hanna. I think she was perfect casting to play a 16 year old that has been “alive” for 200 years. I think this was a good role for Gemma Arterton too. I like her in the less-Hollywood stuff.  was so odd, in a good way, in this film. He looked so thin and awkward, compared to his role as Banshee in the X-Men: First Class.

Overall I would have to say I liked it. If you are a fan of the vampire genre and are sick of the current “My Little Pony” vampires on film and TV, you might want to give it a try.



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4 thoughts on “Byzantium…”

  1. Have you seen “Let the Right One In”? It’s a Swedish film from 2008, and one of my fave vampire movies — vastly different from most. I was fully prepared to hate the 2010 American remake, called “Let Me In,” but it, too was quite good, though not quite as atmospheric as the original.

    Another fave is Katheryn Bigelow’s 1987 film “Near Dark” (her third film). It’s a cool twist on the vampire flick.

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