THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2
The Final Chapter of the Phenomenon
The Twilight Saga film series stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and
and tells the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan who moves to the small town of
to live with her father, and becomes drawn to Edward Cullen, a pale, mysterious
seems determined to push her away. But neither can deny the attraction that
together...even when Edward confides that he and his family are vampires. To
matters, Bella's best friend Jacob Black is a werewolf, designed solely to kill
The novels and the films constitute nothing short of a global phenomenon. In
years since Twilight first opened in theatres in November of 2008, the
subsequent novels have
each been a number one bestseller and each successive film has opened to a
reception, in the U.S. and abroad. The four films of The Twilight Saga to date
over $1 billion in domestic gross at the box office, and tickets sales worldwide
$2.5 billion. Over 30 million DVD/Blu-ray units have been sold in the U.S.
alone. The Twitter
handle for the film saga - Twilight - is the first-ever movie account to reach
1 million followers.
Producer Wyck Godfrey, who has worked on all the films in the saga, summarizes,
first film is about new love, the second about loss, the third about choice, the
fourth about the
challenges of marriage and family, and this last film is about protecting that
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 sees the three main characters -
Edward, and Jacob - each coming to grips with the reality of Bella finally
becoming a vampire
and subsequently explodes with action as they are forced to fight for the ones
"This movie opens at the exact moment that the last one ends," explains Oscar
director Bill Condon, who shot the film concurrently with The Twilight Saga:
Breaking Dawn - Part
1. "I decided to open with a full-on main title sequence, which is scored to an
overture of musical
themes from each of the other movies. Each of the composers is represented and
it gets you
right back into the mood of the first Twilight movie. All huge landscapes, but
it intercuts from that
to what's happening inside Bella while the venom is going through her body... and
opens her eyes. The frame is starry and abstract until she adjusts to a new way
Whoosh, it just comes into focus and there's Edward."
Condon adds, "The break between the two movies lets you get used to the idea
as a vampire. Bella starts this whole new life -- it's a different movie, she's
a vampire now. At
this point in the series, her dad Charlie is basically the only human left.
Everyone is a magical
creature now. Part 2 is a really different experience and that was what excited
me... it really was
the chance to make two very different movies from the same novel."
"We start with Bella's awakening as a vampire," reiterates Godfrey.
shown and described in the past films about newborn vampires is now being
Bella, the character that we've been following for four movies. Visually, we try
to take the
audience into the mode of seeing every detail close to you as well as far away;
hearing all the
noises around you; and the quickness and strength of your motions. Immediately,
Edward still loves her, Renesmee's alive, but immediately Bella has this
unquenched thirst... so
they go on her first hunt."
Author and producer Stephenie Meyer adds, "Bella now senses with amazing
everything's changed for her. Suddenly, everything physical becomes very easy
for her... almost
like a superpower. Yet all of sudden, she has to balance all that with
incredible thirst. But, she
knew it was coming. She is the first vampire in the history of my mythology that
has chosen to be
a vegetarian vampire before transformation. So unlike everyone else before her,
she goes into it
committed to not kill anybody. She knew the thirst was going to be awful and she
braced for it, so
she doesn't have the same issues that a lot of them do. Bella has that will and
preparation and it
makes her able to handle herself as a newborn."
Upon her return to the Cullen house, Bella meets her extraordinary daughter
for the first time and learns of her special gift, her troubling unprecedented
growth rate... and of
Jacob's special bond to her.
While Jacob still cares deeply about Bella, his priority is now Renesmee.
"One of my
favorite scenes in the book was the moment that Jacob reveals that he has
imprinted on her
daughter. Bella reacts the way that audiences probably will as well - Are you
kidding? Then she
beats the piss out of him," laughs Rosenberg. "It's such a fun scene where we
get to see Bella as
a mother, protector, and a strong kickass vampire. It helps the audience really
begin to embrace Jacob's situation."
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 focused on Bella and Edward
family of their own, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is about
keeping that family
safe. "We spin the first act with the newness of Bella as a vampire, and seeing
her daughter for
the first time. This family - Bella, Edward, and Renesmee - have a home in their
cottage and are
enjoying this new life together," says Godfrey. "The danger comes when Renesmee
as an immortal child, which is verboten by the Volturi. So, the major threat of
Breaking Dawn -
Part 2 is the Volturi hear that Renesmee is an immortal child and that's a
no-no. The Volturi are
now gathering forces to rid themselves of the Cullen clan once and for all."
An immortal child is a human child who has been turned, and as a newborn
uncontrollable thirst, an immortal child is unable to maintain secrecy. One of
the Denali sisters
informs the Volturi about the child with the Cullens. "Irina misunderstands
Renesmee at a
distance and now we're off to what is a completely different movie... an epic
action movie where
all the vampires from around the world meet and confront each other," explains
"The Cullens are now in jeopardy again, but it's a bigger issue," comments
"Before in the series, Bella's been threatened and they put themselves at
risk to protect her, but
they were not going to get wiped out. This is a situation where they're going to
The Volturi are coming and they are going to decimate them. There's nothing the
Cullens can do.
They can't run and they can't hide. They've been sentenced to death."
Meyer adds, "The Cullens know that they have not committed this crime, so is
what this is about? Do the Volturi sincerely believe they've committed an
Or is this Aro taking care of the competition, in which case it doesn't matter
what they've done?
But, hoping for the best, the Cullens assemble all the friends they can to tell
the Volturi that
Renesmee is not what they think she is. The Cullens are hoping that if they can
slow the Volturi
down enough, they will be able to talk their way out."
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