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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2: Movie Review

Genre: Romance, Thriller
Rated: PG-13
Directed by: Bill Condon

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Peter Facinelli, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jackson Rathbone, Mackenzie Foy, Elizabeth Reaser
Released by: Summit Entertainment

Running time: 115 minutes
Year: 2012

In Short: The final chapter of the "Twilight" series gives a satisfying ending to the saga of vampires, werewolves and the beautiful Bella.

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"Twilight" Goes Out with a Decent Bite

Not much has changed in this last chapter of the "Twilight" film franchise. The stars — Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner — are still just as pretty as ever, and still less-than-scintillating thespians. The supporting cast remains the same. The screenwriter, Melissa Rosenberg, has penned all four movies that came before, based on the novels by Stephenie Meyer. Bill Condon, who is best known as the helmer of "Dreamgirls," made Part 1 as well.

But despite all that sameness, "Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" is a much better movie than any of the earlier chapters. Of course, the diehard fans of the series (AKA "Twihards") don't care a whit whether the films are actually good or not; but then again, they were the ones camping out in tents in Los Angeles before the premiere in order to catch a fleeting glimpse of their beloved stars.

For everyone else, the movie offers up a much more interesting scenario than the previous ones, which were filled with inane dialogue and sappy (oh, so sappy!) scenes in the love triangle between human Bella, vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob. All that is over now, as Bella and Edward are married, have had a daughter named Renesmee and Jacob has "imprinted" on that baby, meaning he's her protector for life. The good news is that now Bella is a vampire and a mother, no longer an insipid teenager. She's now a force of nature, filled with newfound powers, looking to suck some blood and bent on protecting her child; and she's finally gotten interesting.

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As has the plot of this final chapter, as the ruling vampire class known as the Volturi are out to kill little Renesmee, for they believe her existence is a threat to the whole vampire world. Needless to say, Bella and Edward are not too pleased with this, and they marshal forces with their extended family, as well as with Jacob's werewolf clan, to fight off the threat.

The result is an exciting showdown, set amidst the frozen forests of northern Washington. There are some terrific (and pretty gory) action sequences as the two forces clash, each using special powers to try to rip the heads off the others. Apparently THAT is the way to kill a vampire; forget those stakes or silver bullets (or sunlight, which went out of this mythology with the first "Twilight" flick), it's ripping off its head and then setting it afire that does a bloodsucker in.

This is a wild finish with a crazy twist ending, enough to even get the blood of even a non-vampire boiling. But be warned: if you have never seen the previous four films or read the books, "Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" may be a bit hard to follow.


Reviewed by Jenny Peters

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"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" review
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" review




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