The Twilight Saga: New Moon

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Summit Entertainment Released 2009

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Director:
Chris Weitz
Released:
2009
Rating:
PG-13

The Twilight Saga: New Moon is the 2009 chapter in the blockbuster youth vampire saga, directed this time out by acclaimed filmmaker Chris Weitz (About a Boy, The Golden Compass). Human Bella (Kristen Stewart) is in love with vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson). But an accident on her birthday reminds Edward just how dangerous it is for a human around his kind. So he decides he and his family need to leave, which all but destroys Bella. She is literally a zombie for the next four months until she accidentally discovers that doing something reckless allows her to hallucinate Edward. So she decides to enlist her beefed up friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner) to fix up some old motorcycles. But as the two spend time together, she starts feeling better and he starts feeling hot for her (and temperature wise). Eventually he pulls a sudden attitude shift, cropping his hair down and getting inked like a cult-like group on his reservation. Turns out this group are actually werewolves that only arise when vampires are around (to kill them) and Jake is one of the wolves. The pack are trying to stop Victoria, the ticked off mate of the bad vampire from the last movie, from getting to Bella, but Jake being gone so much drives her to need an Edward-inducing rush.

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  • 70

    Variety

    Carried by Kristen Stewart's compellingly dark performance, but also by helmer Chris Weitz's robust visuals.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Constrained by the plot of the novel, the film keeps the two lovers apart for quite a spell, robbing the project of the crazy-in-love energy that made "Twilight," the first entry i...

  • 40

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The big tease turns into the long goodbye in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the juiceless, near bloodless sequel.

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Drama, Fantasy

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facing danger, ensemble cast, hot vampires, sequel, good vs. evil