The Twilight Saga: Eclipse(2010)
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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BY Rebecca Barry Hill Flicks Writer
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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