Adapted from the first in a hit series of novels by Stephenie Meyer and directed by the generally brilliant Catherine Hardwicke (Lords Of Dogtown, Thirteen) - this centres around Bella Swan (Kirsten Stewart, Into The Wild), a 17-year-old newcomer to the town of Forks, Washington. She falls for her handsome classmate Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson, Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire), before finding out that he is actually a 108-year-old vampire with the body of a hunky teenager. Swept up in a passionate romance, Edward has to resist the allure of Bella's sweet blood. And when three more dangerously bloodthirsty types arrive on the scene, he has to risk his life to protect his (much) younger lover. This could be the start of a beautiful, erm, franchise...

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Let me start off thusly. I am not a tweenage girl, I haven’t read the apparently fantastic series of books that provide the source material and the whole emo thing leaves me cold. In short, I expected to loathe this movie, but, in good news for all the boyfriends and dads that will get dragged along, it’s actually not too bad. Not great, unless you’re a tweenage emo girl who has read all the books, but not bad. ... More

Bella is the odd girl out in a new town whose life is changed when she falls in love with the mysterious Edward who turns out to be a vampire. To Edward, Bella is the soul mate he has been looking for, complicated by the fact he must keep his blood lust in check if their relationship is to work. That, plus the arrival of new, less friendly vampires on the scene. It is the central relationship that is both the film’s major concern and strongest asset. When it comes to romance, chemistry between the leads can compensate for flaws in other areas, as is the case here. The script is cheesy and the special effects seem slapped together on the cheap, but the unorthodox love story delivers. In the end that’s all that really matters.

Given its powerhouse box office performances in the States, this will be the first in a lengthy series of big budget outings for the franchise. If they spend the money wisely and keep the levels of chemistry as high between the main leads, it’ll end up bigger than Harry Potter.Hide

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If ever there was a movie I should never have seen - this might be it. What have they done to the good ol' vampire genre?! See LET THE RIGHT ONE IN - it's the only antidote to this tween de-fanged sparkly skinned carwreck. No wonder it was so huge at he box office! Horrible on so many levels. An insult to women. Hell, an insult to all vampire fans! Makes TRUE BLOOD look like THE EVIL DEAD... My Little Pony meets Dracula by way of Romeo & Juliet and Beverley Hills 90124 (09 outside of... More Auckland)... Pass the puke sack.
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Forced and talky bloodless vampire tale. The dialogue was so unrealistic made worse by the awkward mono tone acting (and I usually like Kristen Stewart, doesn't take away from her attractiveness though). I really don't get what all the fuss is about! If you want an awesome vampire tale that does it better check out True Blood.


Omg such a cool movie! cant wait until the rest of the series comes out guna be so awesome!
all the actors are amazing

I watched this with an open mind and found myself laughing at how unashamedly contrived this is. Purposely marketed towards females with low IQs, they didnt give a dam about the percentage of us that might of wanted to see a good vampire movie like Interview With A Vampire. Does a movie really have to drip with cheese to be loved by girls? Couldnt their of been something for all? Have fun in fantasy land Twilight fans cos this franchise sux........... IF YOUR SMART, DONT SEE THIS........

Actors Jackson Rathbone anbd Ashley greene were a hit for a background couple !

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