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"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II": At Long Last 

Wednesday, Nov 21 2012
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There's plenty of red glare in Twilight's last gleaming, emitting mainly from the peepers of Bella (Kristen Stewart), now 100 percent vampire, a conversion that took place during the final minutes of Breaking Dawn Part I to save her life during a gruesome childbirth. The bizarre, jolting body horror that marked the penultimate installment of the franchise is absent in the wheel-spinning final chapter — unless you count the unease felt when witnessing the CGI crimes committed against the face of Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella's child, whose features are digitally altered to match her varying ages, from infant to late adolescent. The moppet's very existence sets the stop-start plot in motion: The Volturi, that Rome-based cabal of vampires led by Michael Sheen and some other guys in Adam Ant regalia, mistakenly believe that Renesmee is an "immortal child" and thus a threat to the entire living-dead existence. To prepare for the battle with this Continental syndicate, Edward and his family, aided by Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and his wolf pack, summon vampires from around the globe. This motley lot — the women bloodsuckers all seem to resemble lip-augmented Tampa trophy wives; the men, hollow-cheeked consumptives who look like VIPs at the clubs SNL's Stefon frequents—are given ample time to explain and demonstrate their special powers. It's about as exciting as watching David Blaine play Stratego and makes you miss the power of the first four films all the more: the uncontainable yearning of the Bella-Edward-Jacob triangle.

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