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Friday, August 6, 2010

[4.50/10] The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)


The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

Whilst "Twilight" was not a film of epic proportion, it was at least watchable thanks to a storyline that actually moved and was stitched together coherently and entertainingly. "New Moon" was mediocre at best. "Eclipse", the third, and by far worst, installment of the "Twilight Saga" suffered from unconvincing and poor acting, awful line delivery, far too cheesily-written lines, rushed plot, and terribly-executed action scenes... and not only. Worst of all, David Slade's direction was so amateurish and lame, it was laughable. The poor camera shots, the lack of art direction and the horrible, horrible editing, made this film look like made-for-TV. It seemed like they cut and pasted parts together without any real flow and called it a movie. Seriously, it was like a string of random scenes pulled together! Extremely choppy! Shame on you, David Slade! Also, they didn't have enough time to explain it fully, so they just pulled out some major points and stuck them together. As for the action sequences, well, you could hardly tell what was happening. Probably, Slade was attempting to make it look like they were moving in super speed, but unfortunately it came off in a very different way - flashing a bunch of quick images in front of viewer's face, that almost don't have a purpose isn't a great technique, right? Robert Pattinson again had a hard time forcing any genuine emotion through that pancake makeup, which was, a problem that concerned the entire cast of vampires. At least, his bland Keanu Reeves-like expression made him look half-alive, like his character in the movie. Kristen Stewart's performance could have been done with same 'success' by a plastic mannequin. She shows no emotion, and her allegiance to Jacob and Edward flips constantly. It was left to Taylor Lautner to add some energy into the movie. Well, he fairly did, because he's got a spark of charisma and great charm. Once again he was the 'eye candy', despite the bad lighting that made him look less attractive than in previous two installments. Anna Kendrick was perfect as Jessica. The graduation speech was, by my surprise, genuine and brilliantly delivered. Film's highlights were the only decent action sequence - the one with Victoria, and the tent scene and Jacob's hilarious line: "Let's face it.. I'm hotter than you". Yes, he was saying that to Edward. "Eclipse" is another tedious, over-long and frustrating entry into the "Twilight" saga that is strictly for fans, or for those like me that got this far, just go to see if it can possibly get any worse.

  • My Rating: 4.50/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 52% (5.6/10)
  • IMDb: 4.8/10

6 comments:

Jaccstev said...

Well I guess you still didn't like this episode even many reviewers said it was the best so far.

Nebular said...

The best?!? You gotta be joking, right? :) It was like a bunch of random scenes clunkily thrown together! I couldn't believe it! This man, David Slade, has no idea how to shoot a movie. Worst editing ever!

The first movie was the best, in my opinion - it was smoothly-paced, nicely shot and quite entertaining. And I don't even like Catherine Hardwicke :)

Jaccstev said...

No I'm not joking coz it was said by other reviewers out there, not by me :)
Well if you wanna know bout my opinion on this you should read my review first pal ;P But I'll give you a clue, not a single in this series by far which I could pin that word 'best' not even that lame, lazy, uninspiring, boring, poorly first movie.

Nebular said...

I know other reviewers said it... not many of them though. :)

You gave it a 6.5 out of 10! "Slightly better" you say... hm, interesting... Well, different people have different opinions :) I thought it was pretty bad - No story, poor acting, cheesy effects, dull dialogues...

David Slade really disappointed me... His "30 Days of Night" was mediocre. "Hard Candy" was rather great little movie. "Eclipse" sucked REALLY bad.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I watched the first two on NetFlix and while I can see the appeal for 14 year old girls, neither film was very good.

Nebular said...

I thought the first one provided some passable entertainment. It had nice visuals, too. The second sucked bad. The third was the only Twilight film I watched on big screen and, I deeply regret it.