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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

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