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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A (TBC)
Cast
Kristen Stewart
Robert Pattinson
Taylor Lautner
Dakota Fanning
Maggie Grace
Michael Sheen
Jamie Campbell-Bower
Ashley Greene
Kellan Lutz
Nikki Reed
Elizabeth Reaser
Mackenzie Foy.
Directors
Bill Condon.
Screenwriters
Melissa Rosenberg
Stephenie Meyer.
Running Time
115 minutes

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
Bye Bye Bella


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Plot
Bella (Stewart) is now a vampire and all is blissful — except that the sinister Volturi vampires have heard about her half-breed daughter, Renesmee (Foy), and, believing her to be a vampire child, move against the Cullen family. Bella and Edward (Pattinson) must gather all their allies to stand together.


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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
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There’s an ancient philosophical conundrum: if a Twilight film has no love triangle and no romantic moping, is it still a Twilight film? This series finale emphatically answers in the positive, finally moving the characters along without losing the flavour of what’s gone before. Newcomers will still be put off by the lingering frowns, slight air of distress and extensive lip-biting, but fans will be in seventh heaven to see the story of Bella and her Edward finally reach its conclusion.

As we rejoin the thread, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) are both vampires, happily married and enthusiastically consummating their union. Jacob’s (Taylor Lautner) given up his corner of the love triangle, in favour of a profoundly weird but delicately handled crush on Bella’s infant daughter. What’s left to wrap up? As it turns out, the fate of vampires everywhere, with a confrontation between the Cullen family and the ruling Volturi cabal.

The first half, a gathering of Cullen-friendly troops while the Volturi unaccountably drag their heels in attacking their vegetarian brethren, is scrappy and slow, and marred by the fact that the CG baby Renesmee really does look like an unholy monster determined to drag us all into the uncanny valley, which rather splits the viewer’s sympathies.

Things pick up once the Cullens’ allies are fully gathered and have had a chance to demonstrate their skills, ready for a confrontation that sees the best action — and effects — of the saga. The novel version of Breaking Dawn is famously a finale without a finale, building to an epic confrontation that doesn’t happen. The filmmakers have hit upon a cinematic solution to the dilemma, but it’s so outrageous that it will frustrate as many people as it delights.

The leads are thoroughly comfortable in these roles now, and have a bigger supporting cast than ever to chivvy them along — a particular hat-tip to Michael Sheen’s flamboyant Aro and Lee Pace’s laconic Garrett. One final swoonsome flourish to this most lovelorn series, this is the finale that Twilight needed.


Verdict
Fans will be left on a high; other viewers will be confused but generally entertained by a saga whose romance is matched only by its weirdness.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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RE: terrible

What a terrible film. A fitting end to an equally terrible "saga". ... More

Posted by kumar at 13:15, 19 March 2013 | Report This Post


RE: terrible

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 'Bella' awakens to her new life as a vampire, her eyes now glowing red and her complexion pale and delicate. She picks up things she has never noticed before, her senses alive and super charged for the first time. Her vision has pinpoint accuracy, her hearing detects the tinyest sounds and her agility is now superhuman. She runs off into the forest with 'Edward' to experience her new vampiric abilities. As she sprints through the trees at top speed, she see... More

Posted by Phubbs at 23:42, 23 February 2013 | Report This Post


terrible

Firstly I have only seen the first one and this one so I admit I maybe missing a lot of plot pieces but i have taken this into account with my review. Also I am not a franchise basher I went into this with an open mind and after reading the empire 3 stars I thought it might even surprise me - it did! Ok first things first - the CGI - I was genuinely shocked at how bad the CGI was in this film from beginning to end - the baby, the wolves, the vampire 'skills' the battle scene all look low budg... More

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Posted by a123matt at 13:01, 03 December 2012 | Report This Post


Great twist, perfect end!! Don't care what others might say, I properly enjoyed myself!! And Micheal Sheen really tops everything ;) ... More

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Posted by FanaticalAboutFilm at 10:28, 30 November 2012 | Report This Post


RE: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

Hey guys, Joey here from Minimum Effort, reviewed this film recently, would love to know your opinions on it. ... More

Posted by Minimum Effort at 23:33, 27 November 2012 | Report This Post


Twilight: BReaking Dawn - Part 2

Twilight Breaking Dawn art 2 :I am grateful to the makers for not making it in 3D and turning it more scarier than what it is already :D ... More

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Posted by ajm1991 at 18:32, 24 November 2012 | Report This Post


Poor

Dreadful all round, from the acting to the dialogue. The final battle was a cop-out. Wish I'd gone and seen Skyfall a second time instead. ... More

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Posted by Scorpion Jacket at 17:14, 24 November 2012 | Report This Post


There are few words...

...to describe this film, i'm giving it 2 stars, one for the sheer balls-out, unashamed ridiculousness of it, and one for Michael Sheen's laugh, seriously, those three seconds are worth the price of a ticket, otherwise don't bother! ... More

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Posted by Swedle at 23:14, 20 November 2012 | Report This Post


RE:

It’s been five years since the start of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga coming to the big screen which responded positively to screaming teenage girls and negatively to those who have no interest whatsoever. While the film franchise has had its up-and-downs from the mopey teenage angst of New Moon to the terrific genre expectations of Eclipse (which is the best of the series), the final chapter has arrived and will it satisfy the Twi-hards and will it perhaps enjoy newcomers? After being b... More

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Posted by R W at 18:18, 20 November 2012 | Report This Post


Soooooo boring!!! ... More

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Posted by Ciaran McDaid at 10:26, 20 November 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Casting...

Bella is a newborn vampire. Her senses are sharpened, she’s beautiful, and she’s strong. She is also thirsty for blood, so the Cullen family won’t let her see her baby Renesmee, who is growing at an alarming rate. When Bella finally gets to see her, she learns that Jacob ‘imprinted’ on her baby and snaps and attacks him. Missing her father, she is lost as to how to break the news of her transformation to him until Jacob takes the matter into his own hands by exposing himself as a werewolf ... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 09:57, 20 November 2012 | Report This Post


Casting...

I saw this last night and it was nothing but aload of padding. Part 1 finished three quarters through the book so the director/producer had nothing to go with so ended up with a lot of fillers. My other issue was the baby, now I know that they tried to combine both parents features into this child but why not just get 6 or 7 children that look similar and fit the bit and use actual people. The CGI did nothing apart from make me wonder why they bothered. Of all the films this was the most disappo... More

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Posted by jamie.waring77 at 14:11, 19 November 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Flawed but satisfying. Sort of.

Apart from the rather excellent (going on past Twiglit fights) battle scene it just seemed to plod along forever & was probably the weekest of the series. ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:42, 19 November 2012 | Report This Post


Flawed but satisfying. Sort of.

Of faults, it has many; including a couple of moments where I actually laughed out loud in the cinema. yet as flawed as it is, it never becomes 'awful'. Because in order to be watching the fifth Twilight, you pretty much have to have enjoyed the other four; there's no other excuse for being there. And since the main offenders in the list are also inherent to the previous installments, there seems little point in underlining them at this late stage. For a Twilight film, Breaking Dawn Part 2... More

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Posted by TheMightyBlackout at 15:57, 18 November 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Awful

L: J_BUltimatum If this has the best action and effects of the saga, then cinema is doomed! It was awful with unbelievable CGI wolves and fight scenes.verytime I watch a Twi Movie I feel the same. I mean they have a big budget and everything. Is it really that hard to make action and CGI scenes not look completely ridiculous? Terminator 2 was filmed 20 years ago, and the special effects back than where just brilliant! Harry Potter could do it as well. And Bill Condon is an Osc... More

Posted by birdy79 at 15:18, 18 November 2012 | Report This Post


Enjoyed it

CGI baby creeped me out but I really enjoyed the film and loved the ending. I'm a fan of the books and watched all 5 films back to back culminating in this one at midnight and I wasn't disappointed. ... More

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Posted by captain jack harknes at 14:00, 16 November 2012 | Report This Post


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L: edjones95 I don't really know the story (In fact I don't know it at all) but the lines 'Jacob’s (Taylor Lautner) given up his corner of the love triangle, in favour of a profoundly weird but delicately handled crush on Bella’s infant daughter' ummm, what the fuck. How does twilight even get away with peadophilia no matter how 'delicately handled' it is. I'm not outraged just really confused he storyline goes like this :- the werewolves (including jacob) "imprint" on their so... More

Posted by 666_prm at 21:51, 15 November 2012 | Report This Post


Why the Volturi should be allowed to win

The Volturi should be allowed to win and kill Bella and her brood for naming the kid Renesmee. I'm mean seriously it's like the kid was the spawn of a Hollywood and pop star. As for the film it's like the previous ones crappy. If there was any form of realism in this movie the 100 year old bloke would tell the teen angst whingy spoiled brat to take a hike. He's a vampire, he's supposed to be the epitome of the one night stand not some love struck bloody puppy that's Taylor Lautner's job. With a... More

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Posted by puggled at 13:17, 15 November 2012 | Report This Post


I don't really know the story (In fact I don't know it at all) but the lines 'Jacob’s (Taylor Lautner) given up his corner of the love triangle, in favour of a profoundly weird but delicately handled crush on Bella’s infant daughter' ummm, what the fuck. How does twilight even get away with peadophilia no matter how 'delicately handled' it is. I'm not outraged just really confused ... More

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Posted by edjones95 at 22:50, 14 November 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Awful

To say cinema is doomed based on the effects of this saga is a weird statement. If it's crap, then it'll just fall into the background, labelled 'avoid', and just ignored when it comes out on tv. After seeing the trailer it does look terrible. Motion blur is this effects teams friend. L: J_BUltimatum If this has the best action and effects of the saga, then cinema is doomed! It was awful with unbelievable CGI wolves and fight scenes. All I can say is thank god this "saga" has come to ... More

Posted by keaneye at 17:11, 14 November 2012 | Report This Post


Awful

If this has the best action and effects of the saga, then cinema is doomed! It was awful with unbelievable CGI wolves and fight scenes. All I can say is thank god this "saga" has come to an end as it has been a constant eyesore in multiplexes all over the world. I would say at least we won't have to put up with this rubbish anymore but Meyer has another piece of literary rubbish being given a movie treatment next year, which is exactly the same but with aliens instead of sparkly vampir... More

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Posted by J_BUltimatum at 13:35, 14 November 2012 | Report This Post


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