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Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) are enjoying their new life, after the birth of their daughter, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy). Soon, however, their family bliss is threatened again, by a new menace. Vampire Irina (Maggie Grace) believes a child like Renesmee could challenge the power and existence of the Volturi. As Irina rallies the Volturi to destroy this potential threat, Bella and the Cullens - together with any allies they can assemble - are preparing to fight a crucial, ultimate battle, to protect their family.

Review by Louise Keller:
A touch of romance, vampire sex, family bonding and the ultimate confrontation between vampire, wolf and the Volturi in an extended climactic finale are the proceedings in the highly anticipate finale to the popular Twilight franchise. There are some welcome funny moments and plenty of meaningful glances and all those Twi-hards who have faithfully followed the taboo love triangle between vampire, wolf and human since Edward’s blood ran cold for Bella in the biology lab in the first film, will no doubt be satisfied by the way the story strands are neatly concluded. The curiosity factor of the offscreen romance between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart is a bonus, no doubt. 

After the intensity of the third film in which Bella (Stewart) gives birth and is saved from certain death when transformed into a vampire, there’s a sense of renewal as Bella’s bright vampire eyes flash and her newfound strength and speed is revealed. But first, we need to hear it from their own lips and Edward (Pattinson) and Bella declare their love for each other before Edward takes her into the forests to get her ‘thirst under control’. Vampire sex comes next with a tender meeting of the flesh and contented declaration ‘I will never have enough’, in reference to the high intensity, no limits menu on offer.

For me, it is the awkward, funny moments that work best in the film. There was an immediate titter as Jacob (Taylor Lautner) stripped off his clothes, revealing his buff body before turning into a wolf, under the incredulous gaze of Bella’s father Charlie (Billy Burke). When Charlie comes to see Bella to make sure she is alright, she has to remember to move slowly, blink and slouch, in a bid to look human. I laughed in the scene when Jacob, now imprinted to Edward and Bella’s quickly growing daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) and nicknames her Ness. Bella shrieks: ‘You named my daughter after the Loch Ness monster?’ Lines like ‘Immortality becomes you,’ work a treat.

Michael Sheen as the cheesy Volturi leader is delicious, bringing attitude and vampiric panache to brighten up the proceedings. The cast has grown as the vampires recruit a band of relatives and friends to attest to the fact that Renesmee is not an immortal child, the consequence of which means she would be a vulnerable link. The final confrontation between the Volturi clan, dramatic in black cloaks on the pure white snow and the vampires, now in cohorts with the wolves is dramatic with decapitated heads, bodies colliding mid-air and a few other surprises.

While the fans may be satisfied, there is however, a push-pull aspect to the film. The scenario feels as though it is stretched to the max, leaving us to wonder whether it was simply greed that was the factor in extending the eventful and climactic Breaking Dawn into two films, instead of delivering a ripper that might have come close to the appeal of the first and best.

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(US, 2011)

CAST: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Billy Burke, Mackenzie Foy, Maggie Grace

PRODUCER: Wyck Godrey, Stephanie Meyer, Karen Rosenfelt

DIRECTOR: Bill Condon

SCRIPT: Melissa Rosenberg (novel by Stephanie Meyer)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Guillermo Navarro

EDITOR: Virginia Katz

MUSIC: Carter Burwell


RUNNING TIME: 115 minutes


AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 15, 2012

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