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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 12:15 am

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2,” the fifth and concluding movie in the cinematic franchise based on the “Twilight” franchise, which was written by Stephanie Meyer, has blessed anticipated fans and regular movie watchers with a bang.

As advertised in trailers, the movie leads up to an epic battle that will certainly have moviegoers literally on the edge of their seats.

According to Meyer’s novel and the film, which was directed by Bill Condon, vampires have many rules, all which connect to the biggest rule—keep the secret.

As seen in the trailers, Bella Swan and Edward Cullen have a daughter, Renesme.

When she is discovered and later revealed, the Cullens are all put into jeopardy.

As one of these minor rules, the creating of a vampire child is illegal. The punishment is the parents’ and the child’s ultimate demise.

The issue is that Renesmee was born, not bitten. This led to the highly exciting confrontation fans have been waiting for.

On one side are the Cullens and their vampire allies from all over the world who try to create a peaceful resolve in the main plot issue, as seen in the novel “Breaking Dawn.”

On the other side are the Volturi, the sinister vampire government and their powerful army of gifted, black-hooded vampires from Europe, who try to “correct” the error at hand.

During the battle are decapitations, maulings and other atrocities on both sides. However, there is a sleight-of-hand the film manages to give its audience.

While many fans were confused that a battle even took place—there was not one in the novel—and many general members were captured by the elaborate action and gore that was shown, the movie then gave a plot twist that astounded the members of the audience.

That said, the fight sequences are exciting to watch, and the audience never took their eyes off the screen.

Some basically cheered on different sides, as though they were watching a football game.

The film gave both an Armageddon-type battle that seemed as a devastating finale as well as the book finale, where instead of a violent demise, all the characters are left unscathed.

“Twilight” fans have fallen for the phenomenon that Meyer’s books and films have created, similar to other famous franchise giants such as “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars.”

Many “Harry Potter” fans were outraged because “Breaking Dawn” followed the exact format of J.K. Rowling’s story. Like “Harry Potter,” “Breaking Dawn” finished the popular saga with a part two.

While this may be seen as a type of plagiarism, it is quite harmless.

In fact, rather than seen as an original idea made for only one movie, this tactic of breaking a movie into two parts may spark an interest and desire to finish a series.

There was a certain cheesy factor in the vampires’ and werewolves’ displays of speed and strength.

However, viewers are more likely to pay more attention to see who were the hottest actors and actresses of the new vampire cast, as well as checking out the reoccurring characters.

The nearly two hour film will also be entertaining for moviegoers because of the current craze around vampires and werewolves - America can not seem to get enough of the bloodthirsty hunks or the transforming clawed beasts.

The great and sustaining concept about this epic tale and the franchise as a whole, however, is the love story that drives it.

This love story, though silly and ridiculous to some, is true, strong and pure. This love is one that will last forever.

While it is true that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have recently suffered great personal struggles in their real-life relationship, the two actors gave an incredible amount of on-screen chemistry as vampire lovers.

The acting as a whole improved when compared to the first four installments of the franchise, especially in Stewart, who was very simple and dull as Bella in the first film, “Twilight,” made in 2008.

While background characters play a minor role, especially as vampires, the actors were able to stand out on their own and the acting was not disappointing.

Such supporting stars include Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black, Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen and Jackson Rathborne as Jasper Hale.

In the end, Edward and Bella are finally able to share their everlasting love for eternity, without any more complications standing in the way, and this should please the Twi-hards.

After its first day in theatres, it was announced that the worldwide box office gross for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” was already $162.2 million and $71.2 million domestically.

Compared to the previous installments of the film franchise, devoted “Twilight” fans will love “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.”

Additionally, the members of the general public who have not caught the “Twilight” fever will still find this movie to be well done and perfect for a date night.

Rating: 4/5

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