(This review may contain spoilers).
I have read and watched a lot of things with vampires in to date, but when I saw this was being shown on television, I was curious enough to want to see what it was like. It definitely wasn’t my favourite vampire thing… but it was an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours, at least.
The two main characters in this film were fairly interesting, though I much preferred Eleanor to Clara. There were certain points I felt able to empathise with Clara, but for a lot of the film, I didn’t really like her at all. I have seen both actresses in other things before and I do like them both. The emotions and interactions between them were interesting and I could believe in the protective way Clara acted towards Eleanor… even though it also stifled her and probably didn’t allow her to grow very much as a character.
The flashbacks in the film were pretty interesting, but I felt the modern-day version of Clara hadn’t really grown at all in her two hundred years. I did feel that the film required quite a bit of suspension of disbelief.
The twist on the vampire mythos was intriguing, but I was a bit confused about how it all worked and why. It didn’t really make it clear why the vampires were immune to the normal weaknesses of those found in legends.
In a way, I think this film could have been extended into a television series… or at least a mini-series, with the origins and mythos further explored and explained. The concept of this film was really intriguing… but I really felt that, personally, that it fell somewhat short on the execution. It isn’t a film I’d choose to watch again.