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The director of Interview With The Vampire; Neil Jordan brings us British-Irish fantasy thriller Byzantium that stars Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton as a mother and daughter vampire duo.

Forget the Hollywood vampire gloss that is Twilight - Byzantium is a very stylish British film. A Winter English seaside is the eerie backdrop in which Jordan sucks you into a world of blood and survival.

A strong British cast overall, at the centre of the film the leading ladies excel. Gemma Arterton gives an exotic, dark and gritty performance as Clara; the vampire mother who does what she needs to do to keep her and her daughter safe, and Saorise Ronan delivers yet another subtle richly textured performance as troubled teen Eleanor.

Certainly not your traditional vampire horror flick, Byzantium is a watchable and engaging thriller. Overall I found it to be a very atmospheric and original movie for the genre - worth a watch.

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UK Release Date: 
Friday, May 31, 2013
USA Release Date: 
Thursday, May 30, 2013