The saga concludes

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The saga concludes
The beginning of the end began last year. It now draws to a final close with Breaking Dawn 2, the second film based on Stephenie Meyer’s vampastic end to the Twilight series. It’s been seven years since the world fell in love with vampire-themed fantasy romance, thanks to Meyer’s Edward Cullen, a hero cold on the outside and hot on the inside. Four years after Twilight single-handedly built the fortunes of Summit Entertainment, the studio readies for the release of its last instalment.

Directed by Bill Condon, who also helmed Breaking Dawn 1, the film brings back the three main cast members — Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen and Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black. Mackenzie Foy joins the cast as Renesmee, Bella and Edward’s child whose birth kickstarts a perilous chain of events that bring about an epic conclusion. The other cast members also return to play their usual parts.

Breaking Dawn 2 begins where Breaking Dawn 1 ended – with Bella awakening as a vampire after Edward injects her heart with his venom to keep her and their baby alive. Vampire venom in her blood may have got her red eyes and an even paler look, but Bella seems to have finally found her rightful place in the vampire universe. After 18 years of “being utterly ordinary”, she realises that she can “shine” and “was born to be a vampire.”

The Cullens are just about beginning to celebrate Bella’s immortality and the birth of their daughter, when they realise that they still have to fight the final battle. The Volturi, the formidable coven that’s akin to vampire royalty and led by Aro (Sheen), believe that Edward and Bella have produced an immortal child – something that’s not allowed among vampires. Aro, who’s always been envious of the gifted Cullens, states that maintaining, “Our secret has never been more imperative.”

The Cullens must now gather their allies across the world, bringing together vampire families, to fight for their daughter’s life. The werewolves also play their part, largely due to the fact that Jacob, once smitten with Bella, has imprinted on Renesmee (who incidentally who can transmit her thoughts into people’s minds through pictures). Along the way, Bella discovers that she too has a super power of her own – an extremely high level of self-control and the power to project a shield that can protect the people around her.

The Cullens and their allies must put together a watertight case to prove that Renesmee is actually half-mortal, half-immortal as she was “born, not bitten”. Aro, however, seems to have made up his mind, it’s time for the vampires to put on their battle shoes. The final battle sequence is an astounding visual treat – it pits hundreds of characters against each other, setting an enormous challenge to choreograph the sequence.

The epic tale of supernatural fantasy and passionate love ends the way Twi-hards would like it to: Happily ever after. Sadly, that’s not how it ended for real-life sweethearts Pattinson and Stewart. But that may work for Summit as fans will pile into theatres to see Edward and Bella one last time. What comes next? With the Twilight chapter over, will Summit consider adapting The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, the companion novella to the Twilight series?

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