This contemporary gothic thriller follows the exploits of a pair of female vampires as they hide out in a former hotel resort called
. Clara (Gemma Arterton) and her
forever teenage daughter Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) are constantly on the run from
someone chasing them, leading to endless new homes. Eleanor has grown tired of
the routine they have carried out for 200 years, and finally begins to discover
the truth about her mother. Clara is a compulsive liar, hiding the truth about
their reasons for running. Byzantium
The running must end when the past finally catches up with Clara, allowing Eleanor to finally find out the truth behind her existence and the past which gave her eternal life. At the same time that she is coming to terms with her past, Eleanor meets a young boy with an illness and is able to imagine a future for herself without the turmoil brought on by Clara.
best film, perhaps not even his most impressive vampire movie, but it is far
better than a majority of imitators out there these days. There are enough visually satisfying moments within the film to overcome any narrative weakness. Jordan
The Blu-ray includes only a few interviews and the theatrical trailer as a disappointing lack of extras.
Entertainment Value: 8/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 7.5/10
Historical Significance: 7/10
Disc Features: 4/10