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IThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse, supernatural love triangle actiondrama, rated PG-13, Regal Stadium 14, 2.5 chiles Hitherto a deadly dull franchise, the cinematic saga based on Stephenie Meyer’s wildly successful Twilight series is finally showing signs of life.
It’s worth noting that the previous two films were released around Thanksgiving, and both were as dark and dreary as a November night. Maybe the studio clued director David Slade (who already has another vampire movie, 30 Days of Night, under his belt) in on its target release date, because Eclipse certainly feels more like a summer blockbuster. In an attempt to hold our attention, Slade cunningly alternates suspense, action (both kinds!), and the requisite puppy-love chitchat. If you’re not a Twi-hard, nothing in this film is going to convert you; but as you sit there amid the gasps and awkward giggles of teens (and in some cases, their moms), at least you’ll be entertained.
Eclipse opens with a frightening, fast-paced scene in which an invisible pursuer chases a clean-cut young man down stormy Seattle streets and attacks him. After that, a good chunk of the film is devoted to matters of the heart: Bella (Kristen Stewart) is trying to persuade her 109-year-old blood-sucking boyfriend, Edward (Robert Pattinson), to turn her into a vampire. Because (as Bella assures her dad) “Edward is old school,” he agrees, but only if she will marry him first. Meanwhile, Bella’s werewolf friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner) tries to talk her into choosing him instead. All of this gets discussed at length, repeatedly. Don’t fault screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, though: How much can you do with source material that reads like a teenage girl’s diary?
Luckily, just as things threaten to get too mushy, we learn that something more serious is at stake (ha-ha). Mysterious killings