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Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (Cert 12, 110 mins, Entertainment One, Fantasy/Action/Thriller/Romance, also available to buy DVD £19.99/Two-Disc Limited Edition DVD £22.99/The Complete Collection DVD Box Set £34.99/Blu-ray & DVD Combi-pack £25.99/The Complete Collection Blu-ray Box Set £54.99)

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Billy Burke, Michael Sheen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Mackenzie Foy, Christopher Heyerdahl, Maggie Grace.

Bella (Kristen Stewart) gradually acclimatises to her heightened powers as a vampire and to her new life with husband Edward (Robert Pattinson), best friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and the Cullen clan. Alas, Edward’s cousin Irina (Maggie Grace) mistakenly identifies Bella and Edward’s daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) as an immortal child - an abomination under ancient law. Irina reports her fears to the Volturi, the vampire counsel led by Aro (Michael Sheen), Caius (Jamie Campbell Bower) and Marcus (Christopher Heyerdahl), and they amass an army to slay Renesmee and anyone who shelters the child. The Twilight Saga: Treading Water would be a more apt title for this final chapter in the series, considering how scriptwriter Melissa Rosenberg manages to expand 30 minutes of plot into almost two hours of anticipation and dread. Stewart and Pattinson stare dreamily into each other’s eyes to an angst-heavy soundtrack of Green Day, Ellie Goulding, Christina Perri and Feist. Lautner appeases fans with another scene of gratuitous nudity, while Sheen devours the very expensive scenery with a twinkle in his eye. The climactic battle royale between the diabolical Volturi and the Cullens is certainly spectacular and director Bill Condon, who also helmed Part 1, orchestrates this special effects-heavy mayhem with verve. Airborne vampires and snarling werewolves tumble acrobatically across the screen locked in brutal combat. Were these brave warriors anything but otherworldly creatures, who miraculously don’t bleed when injured, the relentless on-screen carnage would merit a 15 certificate. A five-disc box set comprising all of the Twilight films, including an extended edition of Breaking Dawn - Part 1, is also available.

Rating: ***