‘Breaking Dawn - Part 2’ can’t stand on shocking twists alone

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Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in ‘Breaking Dawn - Part 2.’ Rated PG-13, 115 min. Summit Entertainment, 2012.

In “Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” the fifth and final part of “The Twilight Saga,” Kristen Stewart’s Bella Swan finally gets to stop moping around. She’s a new vampire, at last a perfect match for her husband, Edward (Robert Pattinson). The fourth film focused on Bella’s disturbing (fatal) pregnancy, and this one hinges on her half-human, half-vampire daughter, who has gotten the vampire enforcers The Volturi all worked up.

Red-eyed overlord Aro (Michael Sheen) and his henchmen are determined to destroy the whole Cullen clan, but the Cullens assemble an army of allies. The problem is that other than the big battle, the movie is filled with empty space in which literally dozens of inconsequential new characters are heaped onto any already over-stuffed cast.

The lengthy climactic battle scene is unlike anything else in the slow-burning saga: very little talk or angst, full of action and fury. It seems almost too wild to be true, and like the whole series, it would have benefitted from better special effects. Even fans of the books will encounter some twists here, which helps to keep a stale series fresher. The finale goes from shocking to infuriating, before settling on merely satisfying.

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