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"Eclipse" Not So Much Twinkle in This Episode of the Twilight Saga

Eclipse, starring teen sensations Kristen Stuart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner is nothing but dull. While the theatrical trailer promises heart-wrenching drama and action, it falls short and delivers boredom. The film is the third in a five-part saga. Producers are taking notes from the Harry Potter camp and splitting the final novel into two parts. While the film is average at best, seeing Eclipse is more about participating in pop culture, because it is mildly entertaining-if that.

Eclipse reunites Edward (Pattinson) and Bella (Stuart) after a torturous separation that occurred in New Moon. There is another threat on Bella. Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard), the evil vampire who wants her dead, as a vengeance for James and a vampire army has been formed nearby in Seattle. The two deadly forces are after Bella, and they want her blood. The Cullen family vows to protect her when Alice (Ashley Greene) sees a vision that they are on the way to Forks.

The Cullens are out numbered by the vampire army and are forced to team up with the Quileute pack of Werewolves, their swore enemies. To make matters worse, Jacob is openly in love with Bella and has vowed to fight Edward for her. Oh, the drama.

As the gang prepares for battle, Bella is forced to consider the consequences of her decision to be with either Edward or Jacob. And as the saga continues audiences are left to wonder who will she chose, and with her choice what life will she chose.

The film spends too much time drawing out the tension between Edward and Jacob and does not do so successfully. There are at most two scenes when the tension is built up and audiences eagerly buy it, but overall it seems that there is only one thing at stake for Bella and it is losing either Jacob or Edward. The vampire army, Victoria, and Bella's decision to marry or not marry Edward are simply poorly developed subplots.

The performances throughout are mediocre at best. The two leads, Stuart and Pattinson are so self-aware and have no energy. While it is possible their lifeless performances stem from interpreting Stephanie Meyer's characters as uninteresting, it would be refreshing to see a little life come out of these characters. The true stars in the film are Lautner, who clearly embodies that character of Jacob and the Cullen clan, specifically Jasper (Jackson Rathbone), Rosalie (Nikki Reed), Alice (Greene) and Emmett (Kellan Lutz). These actors have embraced their characters and exude the coolness of the Cullens.

It is a shame that these films are being pumped out in order to make quick millions because the questions of sex, immortality, true love, and family are not being addressed to the fullest. Instead, teen sensations Pattinson and Lautner are being exploited for their good looks, and in Pattinson's case, mediocre talent. While Eclipse isn't completely dreadful to sit through, going to see the film is more about participating in pop culture and sometimes there isn't anything wrong with that.
 

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