Byzantium

2013 R 1h 58m Blu-ray / DVD

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Byzantium

2013 R 1h 58m Blu-ray / DVD
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On the run for a gruesome crime, two mysterious "sisters" take refuge in a seaside town, where their shocking secret lies waiting to be discovered. Bloody and brooding, Neil Jordan's gothic tale delves into the ladies' shared dark history.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
  • Gemma Arterton
  • Saoirse Ronan
  • Sam Riley
  • Jonny Lee Miller
  • Daniel Mays
  • Caleb Landry Jones
  • Kate Ashfield
  • Maria Doyle Kennedy
  • Uri Gavriel
  • Thure Lindhardt
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Reviews

age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Byzantium is artier and moodier than most vampire movies. It's not particularly for either the I Am Legend crowd or Twilight lovers, but fans of Let the Right One In may enjoy it. Vampire violence is strong, with great gushes of blood, killings, and dead bodies; two characters are beheaded. Several minor characters are prostitutes, and a major character used to be one as well. There's no nudity, but there are many sexual situations and plenty of innuendo and revealing outfits. Byzantium suggests that the prostitutes are addicted to drugs, though it does this solely through body language; no drugs are shown or mentioned. Language is sparse but does include a few uses of "f--k," "s--t," and more.

Sexual Content

Several of the supporting characters are prostitutes, and the main character is shown to have been one previously. No nudity, but characters wear revealing clothing throughout, such as lingerie and fishnets. Partly naked bottoms and lots of cleavage are on display. Sex acts -- a lap dance, oral sex, etc. -- are begun and/or suggested but not fully shown. Some strong sexual innuendo.

Violence

Lots of bloody vampire violence. Here, vampires slice their victims not with fangs, but with a sharp fingernail that grows when needed. There's a great deal of blood, lots of killing, and several dead bodies (including charred and rotted corpses). Two characters are beheaded with a wire. One character -- who takes an anti-coagulant -- gets a cut on his wrist and bleeds profusely. There are also some intense moments of fighting and punching, as well as arguing. In one sequence, several waterfalls turn blood-red (though it looks more like colored water than blood).

Language

Language isn't constant but does include a few uses of strong words including "f--k," "c--t," "s--t," "c--k," and "bitch."

Social Behavior

The movie is about telling the truth to lead a more fulfilling life, even though lies are more protective. In a subplot, the movie celebrates fighting for what you believe is right, rather than following long-established rules that may be wrong. On the downside, "wrongdoers" are often killed.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

It's suggested that some of the supporting prostitute characters are "high" or on drugs, though they're never shown taking anything, and nothing is ever mentioned out loud. They just act sleepy and dopey.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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