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Synopsis: Isabella Swan (Kristen Stewart) moves to Forks, a small unendingly rainy town near the Washington coast, to live with her father Charlie (Billy Burke) after her mother remarries to a minor league baseball player. This move of her appears to be the most tedious one she ever made until she meets an intelligent, mystifying and alluring person, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) who gives her life a sudden twist. Bella soon discovers the terrifying truth that Edward is a vampire after he incredibly saves her life from a van with his herculean strength and tempo.

Description: A 17 year-old high-school student, who decided to leave Arizona to spend some time with her father in the gloomy and rainy city of Forks, is caught up in a romance with a vampire, whose family has relinquished blood consumption.

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Review: While Twilight is barely a disappointment on almost all borders, with a periodic intersperse of valuable moments, the word which mostly describes the movie in totality is ‘bearable’, lacking the essential strength or substance to really strike home.

For a film circling roughly on its passionate enticement and sexual tension, the audience is not at all given the chance to ‘feel’ the romance shared by the lead characters. In the hasty succession of the movie, the blossoming romance stuck between Bella and Edward is abridged to a couple of casual assemblies after Bella’s assertion of her explicit love for Edward. This sudden swing would toe the line of showing what teenage romance is, if not for the fact that the audience realizes the moment is intended to be entirely heartfelt.

While Stewart makes a passable romantic lead as impulsive Bella, she lacks the essential fascinating spark to truly make the viewer affectionate to her, making her teenaged-angst break difficult to empathize with. However, Pattinson executes his best as young vampire Edward, sharing brawny chemistry with Stewart, even if his ‘grumpy fleeting look” dig into sensational jiffies to the peak of verging on comical seconds once in a while.

The rest of the cast offered relatively insipid but operative performances. Cam Gigandet is given the chance to create adequate nuisance as iniquitous vampire James. Ashley Greene, on the other hand, gives the picture of an idyllic charming sister of Edward. Conversely, despite Billy Burke’s finest efforts, he is enforced to wade through ‘strict but absent father’ formula, making him nearly invisible as Bella’s emotionally parental figure while Taylor Lautner fares little better as inexplicable plausible love interest, Jacob. Nonetheless, acting is pretty decent, though.

Reviewed by LoneRider on 20 October 2011

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