Thursday, July 1, 2010


Directed by David Slade
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Dakota Fanning, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Anna Kendrick, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed

The first two Twilight-movies were directed by directors who both had one good and succesful hit on their resumés, Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) and Chris Weitz (About A Boy). Enter David Slade who not only directed the critically acclaimed Hard Candy, but also 30 Days Of Night, the best vampire film to come out of Hollywood since Blade II in 2002. It's like for the first time in this series a grown-up was hired for the job.

 Eclipse continues the love triangle between human girl Bella (Stewart), a vampire boy Edward (Pattinson) and a native American werewolf (or whatever the hell he is) Jacob (Lautner). A vampire called Victoria is still looking for vengeance on Edward for killing her life mate and she intends to do so by killing Bella. To get close, she creates a new born vampire "army" to attack Edward and the rest of the Cullen family. In order to stop this the vampires and werewolves, natural enemies, must combine forces to stop this invasion into their little town.

 That's a surprising amount of plot for a Twilight-film, let me tell you. At least considering the horrible dribble the first films were piled from. Eclipse is definitely a step up in the series that has been filled with incredibly bad dialogue and hammy acting to say the least. The film is no masterpiece by any means because both of the previously mentioned problems make several cameos throughout the movie, but as a whole Eclipse IS a far more working and solid film. The pact between vampires and werewolves is an interesting one and brings some much needed real tension to the characters and the script. The wolves themselves continue to be the most magificent and visually arresting part of the saga. Also, director Slade has managed to bring something into the mix that has been absent from Twilight and New Moon which are good performances and genuinly good scenes in the script, although there are only some of them and not as many as preferred. At times the script even reaches self parody as Edward sees shirtless Jacob (of course!) and utters  "doesn't he have a shirt?!".

 A separate mention must be given for the most campy moment in movies of 2010 so far.. Bella and Edward are about to get it on and he blurts out "No, I wanna wait until we're married". WHAT'RE YOU, FUCKING KIDDING US?! The whole Twilight franchise is marketed to teen girls using S-E-X with posters of the hunky werewolf guys with their shirts off and six-packs glistering and trailers compiled of glamorous shots of good looking guys. And then they have the fucking BALLS to say that these movies promote abstinence?! That's quite sanctimonious and as Penn & Teller would put it, BULLSHIT.

The Twilight Saga: Epäilys on huomattavan suuri askel ylös laadun suhteen elokuvasarjassa, jota on tähän mennessä dominoineet luokattoman huonot ja kornit käsikirjoitukset, sekä surkuhupaisat näyttelijäsuoritukset. Tämäkään elokuva ei millään muotoa ole taideteos, sillä edellä mainitut puutteet tekevät useita cameoita läpi filmin, mutta kokonaisuus toimii silti paljon paremmin mielenkiintoisten vastakkain asetteluiden ja kypsemmän ohjauksen ansiosta. Edelleen siis tyttöjen leffa, mutta kenties kundeille hieman siedettävämpi julkaisu kuin edelliset Twilight -Houkutus ja Uusi Kuu.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse at IMDb