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Movie Review: ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’

By Ian Kane
Epoch Times Contributor
Created: November 15, 2012 Last Updated: November 17, 2012
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Summit Entertainment

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The final installment (hopefully), of a two-part Hollywood cash-in, where awful acting, dull writing, and more of the same old vampire silliness, is exploited at the expense of creativity.

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 has confirmed that a lack of new ideas is not necessarily a bad thing for the bank accounts of bean counters and others involved in the movie business today. Making films has always been about making a profit through creating and telling stories via moving pictures. However, what most people fail to realize is that ever since the absorption of the major film studios into gigantic, transnational corporations such as Sony and Viacom, the business aspect of show business has really taken the forefront, while almost completely eschewing much of what has to do with creativity and art. Drivel masked as film is commonplace these days, and many major film projects are brought to life in corporate boardrooms, complete with suits pointing at projection charts, rather than by great maverick movie makers of legend.

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Distributor: Summit Entertainment
Director: Bill Condon
Cast: Kirsten Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Bill Burke, Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning
Producers: Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt, Stephenie Meyer
Screenwriters: Melissa Rosenberg, Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Rating: PG-13 Strong language, subject material
Running time: 116 minutes
Release date: November 16, 2012

Nowhere is this more apparent than in films such as Breaking Dawn Part 2. Instead of making a single book into a single film, a new trend that the brilliant business minds of Hollywood have been implementing lately is to split up novels into separate films, thereby taking in a heftier profit, which is the case here. Why take chances with new, ground-breaking ideas and stories? Eliminate the risk, and double the return on investment. Peter Jackson has taken it a step further, dividing The Hobbit into three separate movies, so this blueprint seems to be on the rise.

The “plot,” for lack of a better word, of Breaking Dawn Part 2 revolves around newlyweds Bella (Kristen Stewart), who was turned into a vampire at the end of Breaking Dawn Part 1, and her husband Edward (Robert Pattinson).  Bella drops a baby which is half-vampire and half-shape shifter. For some inexplicable reason that is never explained, the bizarre cgi-rendered baby ages very quickly, and is soon replaced by young actress Mackenzie Foy. This abominable amalgam of supernatural super species violates some ancient murky vampire law, setting the stage for a showdown between Bella, her man Edward, and vampire leader Aro.

Sheen seems to be the only actor in the entire production who has any life in him. It appears as though someone told the rest of the poor young actors that they should act as if they are the undead, and instead, they misinterpreted this instruction as acting lifelessly. They all stand around with their mouths open as if they’re waiting for a fly to land on their tongues, and they deliver their lines with all of the panache of deflated tires. At least a tire makes a loud multi-toned wheezing sound when it deflates. These actors speak in dull monotones with little, if any inflection.

They look like background extras on an episode of Beverly Hills 90210, standing around with blank stares from under their tousled mops which have been hair sprayed to death. The set design is equally vacuous and lifeless, and has the clinical sterility of a soap opera set. Director Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls), starts off with a pretty impressive opening title sequence and opening scene, matched well with Carter Burwell’s majestic score, but he soon settles into paint-by-numbers directing, as the cameras clunkily paint scene after boring scene.

As (thankfully) the closing credits started to roll, I was delighted to be able to leave the theater, until a morose feeling came over me. I knew that the more discerning movie viewers and reviewers out there, who were critical of this movie, really would have no impact on the success of the business model at play here. The throngs of pre-teen (and surprisingly some adult) fans who don’t mind devouring stories involving things as unoriginal as vampires and werewolves, will form lines around theaters for this bland exercise in bottom line profiteering. Unfortunately, there are already rumors of a third film being released in the future.

Rating: 1.5 / 5

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  • Peggy Willmott Baker

    I hate to tell you this, but I really liked Breaking Dawn, 1 and 2 but I am a Vampire fan. It doesn’t frighten me, like devil movies.

  • LTE2

    Hostages, ransom…. sounds like the Democrats are getting their talking points from an advertising agency.

  • Brian Williams

    So republicans “doing their job” means allowing Obama have everything? Don’t gewt me wrong but they are doing their job by going by their conservative base, and not letting him have everything.

    • Jeeves Seveej

      George Bush had this same problem with dems and repubs and didn’t budge either. Because he knew the moment you give in, they will never stop threatening to put the country into calamity the moment they want something done. You act like you forgot all the posturing from Boehner and the republicans about how they weren’t going to give in to anything other than what they wanted which was a full defunding of Obamacare. Which means unless the president illegally tried to disregard a supreme court ruling they were going to let everybody suffer at their hands. Let this shut down continue, let not one crooked politician involved survive it, the president included, and let Obama care fall flat on it’s @ss all on it’s own. Because in two years when we still aren’t able to implement it because of our networks, and people are being fined we will sue the government and it will be overturned. THAT IS THE WAY THE SYSTEM HAS TO WORK. THAT IS THE WAY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS DESIGNED IT. Quit trying to USURP the constitution because you don’t like a law. That’s treason!

  • Dewayne

    THE liberal Biased Media has turned and twisted lies and deciet in Obamas favor for much to long this is about money spending that we do not have, and if we continue with out spending cuts our dollar is going to be worthless as Obama will print more dollars that will weaken our dollar even more.

  • Jeeves Seveej

    Republicans don’t seem to get it. You don’t get to make demands or set your standard and call it negotiating. The president has told them time and time again to pass clean CR and he is more than willing to negotiate defunding areas of Obama care. I f!cking hate Obama, but if republicans don’t think we remember them standing behind beohner 3 weeks ago while he said “we were gonna take that offer, but we decided to accept nothing less than a full defunding of Obama Care, We’re gonna WIN THIS, we’re gonna fight it out”. They are fools, and yes some other fools out there might not remember all the blowharding because it’s easier to just focus one guy as the problem. If Obama caves on this, anything is on the table after that. Any law republicans decide they don’t like will be up for grabs in order to keep this country operational. That is dangerous. That is why in terrorist situations we DO NOT NEGOTIATE, because we open the flood gates for more of the same. Ask George Bush, he dealt with the same thing. Many of the people in his own party and democrats tried playing this game with him. He didn’t cave either, he got the same BS from the people that it was his fault, just like the current president, and they all looked like fools when it was over. I think Obama as useless as he is learned one hell of a lesson from that.

    You can BUDGET whatever you want. You can NOT demand we repeal laws that the supreme court upheld before you stop driving this country off a cliff. It’s that simple. Anybody who doesn’t see it that way is so embroiled in party politics and has such a horrible short term memory, that we don’t need you in America anyhow. Pass a clean CR, then wait for Obamacare to fall FLAT ON ITS Brian Williams SS. ON ITS OWN. It doesn’t need any help. It’s a horrible program and people are finding that out more and more daily that it’s only true purpose it to make insurance companies richer. It’s down to it’s very core unconstitutional, and the moment a lot of us have to pay fines and a class action lawsuit begins it will be overturned. Let’s not even get into the fact that we don’t have to worry about funding it, because we wont have the information infrastructure to process it for at LEAST another 2 years. The longer it’s out there, the more people will see how bad it is and wake up and demand it’s overturned. Until that happens and the majority of the people side with republicans that it needs to be abolished in favor of a single payer plan and we take the for profit out of healthcare all together, we’re stuck with it. If we refused to allow medical care to be for profit because of all the complexities and the simple fact it seems like a downright sin, we wouldn’t have this problem in the first place.

    • Sandy Nelson

      The only reason Reid, Pelosi, & Obama want to raise the limit is so they can get their raises the 1st of the year. And give money away to foreign countries. They don’t know what negotiate means. Compromise either. It is their way or not at all. A second Hitler and comrades, only this is between the black and the white. Whatever happened to we the people?

    • George D

      You stand Corrected….the single payer option was removed by Republicans because they kept screaming “socialized medicine”….after they got that the hookers pulled up their shorts and walked out.

    • gsud1

      Take the profit out of medicine? Seriously? How does that work when a doctor spends many years and many thousands to be a doctor? Do you want to have surgery performed by a person being paid by the hour? What drives researchers to come up with new drugs? A handshake? That’s got to be the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

  • Will K

    “This is A Update”…really?

  • Kevin

    FDR offered us the New Deal, and we said “yes”, ushering Social Security.
    And they taxed us to pay for it.

    LBJ offered us the Great Society, and we said “yes”, ushering in Medicare & Medicaid.
    And they taxed us to pay for it.

    And now, Obama offers us Change, and we said “yes”, ushering in ACA/Obamacare.
    And they tax us to pay for it.

    After 80 years of this, will we ever learn?!
    Will we ever remember and embrace the Founding principles of this Nation?….’CAUSE THIS SURE AIN’T IT!

  • Doug

    China buys Treasury bills just like Social Security buys Treasury Bills.
    Default on the debt and default on everyone on Social Security, the
    single largest holder of American debt on the planet…period. The idea is to Kill two birds one stone

  • Doug

    Give into threat and the threat goes away until tomorrow…time to man up.


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