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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Movie Review

Genre: Thriller, Romance
Rated: PG-13
Directed by: David Slade
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Bryce Dallas Howard, Dakota Fanning
Released by: Summit Entertainment

In Short: Only diehard “Twi-hard” fanatics will find anything remotely redeeming about this plodding, poorly acted third installment in the “Twilight” series; others beware.

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Round Three of “Twilight” Is Down for the Count

For those romance-driven females out there that are twenty and younger, it really doesn’t matter what anyone says about “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” Those teens and tweeners have already been camping out, all atwitter with excitement at seeing the next installment of the romantic triangle consisting of Edward the vampire, Jacob the werewolf and Bella the human. But for the rest of the world, this third installment in the series is just a rather weak movie, not a soul-wrenching saga.

Heartthrobs Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner may look great on screen, but neither one can act well enough to convincingly make us believe that they are anything more than pretty faces―and bodies, of course, as the audience shrieking begins when Lautner whips off his shirt. Those screams of lust actually turn into snickers from the more sane audience members as the movie progresses, for he never puts it back on, wandering through the rest of the flick with pecs glistening, even when it is snowing.

Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

The plot of this third (out of five) film in the series simply continues what we have seen in “New Moon.” Bella (Kristen Stewart, whose acting range goes, as they say, “from A to B”) is in love with Edward, but is drawn to the injured Jacob. That’s pretty much all there’s to it. So if watching a badly acted love triangle play out for more than two hours isn’t your idea of compelling cinema, be warned.

Sure, there are some bad vampires who want to destroy Edward and his “family” coven of good vampires. They’re led by two fast and mean bloodsuckers, who meet up with both the family and the pack of Native American werewolves (who hate them all), which leads to one gory, action-packed battle scene with some seriously fake-looking special effects.

But mostly “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” plods along with romance: first with Edward and Bella, then Bella and Jacob, and then, in the most laughable sequence of the flick, Bella, Jacob and Edward spending the night together in a pup tent on a mountaintop. As our heroine sleeps, Jacob actually says to Edward, “I’m hotter than you are.” If that line doesn’t make the soda come right out your nose as you guffaw, you are clearly a teenage girl.

Reviewed by Jenny Peters


(Updated 06/30/10 CT)

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