Byzantium – movie review

I get a strange sense of satisfaction when I play a random movie without knowing anything about it and it ends up blowing me away.

I saw a picture of this film on one of the horror forums which I follow and decided to watch it. And well to be fair, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that part of the reason why I decided to watch it was because Gemma Arterton looked stunning in the photo.

The movie is directed by Neil Jordan who you may know for directing “Interview with the vampire” and it stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as a pair of vampires, a mother, and daughter who try and survive without being noticed. The mother mainly provides money for them through selling her body and she does her best to shelter her daughter from that life. On the other side, her daughter is completely the opposite. While her mother uses her sexuality and sensuality to get what she wants and needs, Eleanor is a complete introvert and barely even talks to people, instead she prefers to write down their story and send it to the wind since they can tell their truth to no one.

As they run around to try and escape a group of people who are chasing them we find out more and more about them in both this life and their previous one 200 years ago. We find out how Clara, the mother became who she was and did what she did as well as who the group who is chasing them is.

The movie mixes up a few plots amazingly which keeps you completely enchanted by it from start to finish. It is fairly long, hence why apparently so many people gave it lower reviews that it truly deserves but it is actually the strong suit of the movie. We get to fully understand and be involved with the lives of the family.

The mother, was definitely my favorite character in the movie even though the focus was shifted more towards the daughter. There is something about her drive to never give up and punish the ones that prey on the weak which really resonated with me. She was forced into a life she did not want, a life which was very difficult and yet she still managed to survive and thrive and even ends up using the tools which her previous life taught her.

The movie has way too much to offer, on top of the compelling storyline it had great cinematography and fantastic acting. I was completely captivated. Even the side characters were amazing. I won’t spoil too much but I will add that there is a tiny pinch of conspiracies and secret societies in it that add a lot of substance to the movie.

All in all this movie definitely became one of my favorite vampire movies ever. I am surprised that the movie does not have a much higher score on IMDB and RT. Oh, who am I kidding, of course, I am not.

Final verdict: 9/10


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