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Saoirse Ronan has blood on her hands in this shot from Byzantium

Feb. 14, 2012by:
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BYZANTIUM is a vampire movie starring Gemma Arterton (PRINCE OF PERSIA) and Saoirse Ronan (HANNA), based on the play of the same name and directed by Neil Jordan (INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE). In other words, these are a few of my favorite things and they're all together in the same movie.  And, you know, the only other time I can remember being more excited for a vampire story was with LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, and we all know how that turned out.  While I do feel ONDINE to be a bit of a missed opportunity by Jordan, I remain full of hope that he'll whip together the kind of sultry period-piece that vampires could really use these days.

Byzantium Official Still

Here's a plot recap: Two mysterious, penniless young women that have survived for 200 years by drinking human blood flee the scene of a violent crime and end up in a run-down coastal resort where their bloody past might finally catch up with them.  While there, Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) inspires the interest of a fellow student with her tales of vampirism and eternal life. Besides Arterton and Ronan the cast includes Caleb Landry-Jones (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS) as the fellow student, and Tom Hollander (HANNA) and Johnny Lee Miller (DARK SHADOWS) in yet-unkown roles.  Look for it some time this year, with some more information to hopefully surface soon.

Gemma Arterton

Extra Tidbit: In Irish, "Saoirse" means "freedom" and "Ronan" means "little seal."
Source: Deadline

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11:43PM on 02/15/2012
This looks promising. Saoirse seems to be consistently good in every film she's been in. It's just a matter of finding a film that finally matches her talent.
This looks promising. Saoirse seems to be consistently good in every film she's been in. It's just a matter of finding a film that finally matches her talent.
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3:56PM on 02/14/2012
I went to see Ondine, out of boredom and alone sadly enough, but it surprised the shit out of me. Seeing as how, out of the 8 people present, I was the only guy, I was expecting a sappy chick flick.
It turned out to be a beautiful, slow-burning mystery romance drama with hints of crime/thriller elements mixed in.
I went to see Ondine, out of boredom and alone sadly enough, but it surprised the shit out of me. Seeing as how, out of the 8 people present, I was the only guy, I was expecting a sappy chick flick.
It turned out to be a beautiful, slow-burning mystery romance drama with hints of crime/thriller elements mixed in.
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2:41PM on 02/14/2012
Saoirse is a very talented young actress and I can't wait to see her career blossom in the next couple of years. This sounds interesting as well, kinda like a female Interview with a Vampire
Saoirse is a very talented young actress and I can't wait to see her career blossom in the next couple of years. This sounds interesting as well, kinda like a female Interview with a Vampire
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