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Total Eclipse of the heart

The newest Twilight saga plays things safe and loses its personality.

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Hand this much to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, it delivers the user-friendly blockbuster that New Moon fumbled. The problem is the first Twilight was about emerging teenage female hormones and self-understanding. It didn't care about appeasing its viewers' boyfriends. By broadening the appeal, Twilight loses its focus. And with it, its relevance. "You can love more than one person," shape-shifter Jacob (Taylor Lautner) tells passive Bella (Kristen Stewart). But Bella's split-affection between Jacob and vamp Edward (Robert Pattinson)---presumably the total eclipse of the heart of the film's title---isn't allowed emotional precedence or evocative direction (there's little actual filmmaking in most scenes, just over-the-shoulder coverage.) Action beats and expository talk take over. While Summit Films plays things safer, a franchise loses its personality.

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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Official Site: www.eclipsethemovie.com

Director: David Slade

Writer: Melissa Rosenberg

Producer: Wyck Godfrey, Greg Mooradian and Karen Rosenfelt

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz and Dakota Fanning

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