The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse


The third of Stephenie Meyer’s four Twilight stories, the original cast return with new director David Slade (30 Days of Night, Hard Candy).... More

Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) have been reunited, but their forbidden relationship is threatened again with an evil vampire seeking revenge comes lurking. Bella is forced to choose between her true love for Edward or her friendship with Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) as the age-old struggle between vampires and werewolves continues. But there is still another choice for Bella to make: mortality or immortality?Hide

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Edward or Jacob? Life or death? Graduate high school or tap a vein? Twi-hards will already know the answers. Not that it matters. The third film in the Twilight franchise teases every nuance of anguish from leads Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, who appear more comfortable in their roles and less prone to the ‘sexy-voice-syndrome’ that plagued them in the previous films.... More

And despite the return to the first film's heavy soap opera, this one feels more like a proper vampire flick. It's just as well Stewart doesn't have a problem with blackheads. Director David Slade (Hard Candy) goes super-close-up, pulling the viewer into Bella's troubled love life and creating an almost nauseating claustrophobia; the same could be said of the dizzying comic book action scenes as the Cullens attempt to ward off an army of "newborn" vampires creating murderous havoc across Seattle.

Brilliant moments of (unintended) comedy arise out of this earnest conflict. A pup tent appears inexplicably on the side of a mountain range – within it unfurls the makings of a prudish threesome, one of many scenes of Jacob flexing his six-pack. Flashbacks to prim social eras explaining how the vampires got that way are rattled by modern American accents. After a tense build-up to the arrival of the most vicious bloodsuckers, it's a little disconcerting to see an army of skinny indie kids, led by the fiery but slight Dakota Fanning, turn up in the climax.

Mostly though, Slade has done an excellent job tapping into what Twilight fans want, regardless of how shamelessly their buttons are pushed. It's not just bloodlust but that of the human variety, a swoony sexual longing that charges Eclipse with the tension that made Stephenie Meyer's printed series so popular.Hide

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Get over it Jane you are so misguided. Try living surrounded by enemies these same enemies who disguise themselves as women as they attempt to blow up your children. Then get criticized by the world for protecting themselves. You are so sucky!

I love the whole Twilight Saga, and I think the actors are *very* watchable .. but I think the books are even more captivating!

that comment about the close ups is how i felt the camera couldnt have gotten any closer but i loved the movie the past scenes were cool and the odd bits of humour were cool

ome this movie is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
awsom i luv so so so much that i want to c it again

All i could see was Jacob and no-one else i would do him anyday lol xox love you Jacob you the hottest

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  • The movie contains violence and death, but not really very much. For most of its languorous running time, it listens to conversations between Bella and Edward, Bella and David, Edward and David, and Edward and Bella and David. This would play better if any of them were clever conversationalists, but their ideas are limited to simplistic renderings of their desires. Full Review

  • The long-awaited third chapter of the Twilight saga - Eclipse - has opened in Christchurch cinemas and Margaret Agnew says it's the best film of the series. Full Review

  • By far the best Twilight film to date, Slade should satisfy the fan base while opening up the series to more sceptical viewers… Full Review

  • It took three films, but The Twilight Saga finally nails just the right tone in Eclipse, a film that neatly balances the teenage operatic passions from Stephenie Meyer's novels with the movies' supernatural trappings. Full Review

  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is back with all of the lethal and loving bite it was meant to have: The kiss of the vampire is cooler, the werewolf is hotter, the battles are bigger and the choices are, as everyone with a pulse (and a few without) knows by now, life-changing. Full Review

  • If there is a bit more humor on display here -- some of it evidence that an element of self-conscious self-mockery is sneaking into the franchise -- there is also more violence, and, true to the film’s title, a deeper intimation of darkness. What there isn’t, as usual, is much in the way of good acting, with the decisive and impressive exception of Ms. Stewart, who can carry a close-up about as well as anyone in movies today. Full Review

  • For now, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is just one more walk on the mild sides for tweens who dream of being penetrated by cold flesh that will keep them young and cute forever. Full Review

  • Employing a bigger budget, better effects and an edgier director ("Hard Candy's" David Slade), Eclipse focuses on what works -- the stars. Full Review