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With Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Peter Facinelli, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Cam Gigandet, Gil Birmingham

Written by Melissa Rosenburg (based on the book by Stephenie Meyer)
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke

Twilight is a teenage love story set in beautiful rainy Forks, Washington. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) relocates to Forks to live with her dad (the chief of police). She is instantly liked at her new high school.
The Cullen clan makes quite an impressive entrance into the high school canteen and Bella is instantly drawn to Edward (Robert Pattinson) a pale, beautiful creature. The Cullen clan is striking and has a presence that everyone in the canteen is instantly aware of. They are a “family” of vampires making the choice not to feed on humans. Edward is overwhelmed by Bella’s scent and he has to fight a constant battle with his primal self to not prey on the girl on whom he has waited 90 years.
Twilight is the kind of story that teenage girl fantasies are made of. There is lots of romance and intrigue and the story takes a sinister twist when another clan of vampires set foot in Forks. Not your typical vampire movie, nor a typical romance.

5 / A
- Sonja Ruppersberg

...the 2nd opinion...


Twilight is the first in a series of popular vampire books written by Stephenie Meyer. The success of this first filmed installment further galvanized the drive to commit the entire series to motion pictures.
Moving up from production- and art design, Hardwicke made her directorial debut with the controversial Thirteen, concentrating on a stormy youth- and teenage perspectives (also doing The Lords Of Dogtown). So, taking on the angst of teenage vampires seemed logical.
My expectations of Twilight skirted that of The Lost Boys (which very much set a template for most new school youth vamp flicks to follow). But, in stead the subject is approached very maturely and with not as many clichés as you’d expect. As with most vampire tales it involves a love story (set in motion by Bram Stoker’s Dracula in the late-1800s). A young girl moves from warmer climes to live with her father in the wooded, hazy Pacific Northwest. Here she is mesmerized by Edward, one of the teenagers of the strange, isolated Cullen family. At first he seems to be repulsed by her, but as they grow closer it becomes apparent that he is fighting an urge – an urge to suck her blood. The Cullens are vampires who made the conscious choice not to prey on humans. While the bloodlust can be suppressed, it cannot be eliminated... In this green and misty part of the world this very effective vampire teen love story makes for entertainment beyond high school hormones, with the expected threat thrown in, endangering our protagonists and their already dangerous relationship.
Emotionally charged and visually captivating, this new generation gothic tale of agonized emotions, burning impulses and sexual awakening is tailor made to fit the sensual theme of vampires.
While Twilight didn’t make an impact at the more “serious” awards like the Oscars or Golden Globes, the people (of its target audience) spoke at the 2008 MTV awards, voting Twilight as an all-round favourite.

The only extra feature on this DVD is a commentary track by Hardwicke, Stewart and Pattinson, which is not exactly a bonus as their annoying (possibly nervous?) giggling and silly comments couldn’t get me beyond the 8th minute(!).

4 / B
- Paul Blom

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