Alice picks up Bella and whisks her off to Italy to stop Edward from exposing himself to the public and risk also exposing the truth that vampires do exist to the world. Maybe I’m hazy on the facts here but I remember a huge deal being made, and it is also mentioned in this new film, that vampires are very fast. Why are they driving around in Ferraris and taking plane rides? Seems like a huge waste of time to me, but I digress. This film’s idea of subtlety seems to be having Bella fly Virgin Airlines.
In the end anything I say here will be null and void as there’s nothing anyone can say or do to dry up this new cash cow and more power to Summit Entertainment for grabbing the rights to a series that can be made on the cheap and bring in the big bucks.
Some final words: At least Kristen Stewart is far more tolerable here than in Twilight and Taylor Lautner is an adrenalized stake to the heart whenever he’s onscreen. They may not have a lot of chemistry together but at least he forces Stewart to put forth more effort into her role.
Also, some may find Michael Sheen’s performance too over-the-top but I thought he seemed to be one of very few in the cast who sees just how silly all of this really is and acts accordingly. As for Dakota Fanning, all she gets to do is stare into the camera causing Edward great pain while Bella pretends to have an orgasm when she’s supposed to be exuding fear of death to her beloved.
Thankfully, everything ends with a cliffhanger which is more than can be said for the first film, which was the biggest moment of anti-climax seen in a long time. In 130 minutes of runtime it is Chris Weitz’s biggest achievement even if it takes Edward an eternity to deliver his line, which is about how long it feels like it takes this movie to end.
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