- Cast: Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, Dakota Fanning, Maggie Grace, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick, Jackson Rathbone, Michael Sheen, Nikki Reed, Christian Serratos, Lee Pace, Kellan Lutz, Peter Facinelli, Billy Burke, Elizabeth Reaser, Sarah Clarke, Joe Anderson, Rami Malek, Michael Welch, MyAnna Buring, Christian Camargo, Alex Meraz, Noel Fisher, BooBoo Stewart, Wendell Pierce, Mía Maestro, Gil Birmingham, Angela Sarafyan, Justin Chon, Julia Jones, Judith Shekoni, Casey LaBow, Kiowa Gordon, Omar Metwally, Ty Olsson, Chaske Spencer, Andrea Gabriel, Tinsel Korey, Bronson Pelletier, Marlane Barnes, Andrea Powell, Valorie Curry, Toni Trucks, Erik Odom, Tracey Heggins, Guri Weinberg, Tyson Houseman, Alex Rice
- Director: Bill Condon
- Writers: Stephenie Meyer, Melissa Rosenberg
- Producers: Wyck Godfrey, Stephenie Meyer, Karen Rosenfelt
- Co Producer: Bill Bannerman
- Executive Producer: Mark Morgan
- Art Direction: Lorin Flemming
- Casting: Debra Zane
- Costume Design: Michael Wilkinson
- D.O.P.: Guillermo Navarro
- Editor: Virginia Katz
- Makeup: Jean Ann Black
- Music: Carter Burwell
- Production Design: Richard Sherman
- Set Decoration: David Schlesinger
After the birth of Renesmee Cullen, Bella, who is now a vampire, finds herself enjoying her new life and abilities with Edward, Renesmee, Jacob, and the rest of the Cullen Family.
But Irina, a member of the Denali Vampire coven, misidentifies Renesmee for an immortal child, a human infant who has been bitten and transformed into a vampire, which has become a taboo in the Vampire world. Irina reports the Cullens to the Volturi, in revenge of her mate, Laurent, who had been killed by the Quileute Wolf Pack.
In a final attempt to survive, the Cullens begin to gather foreign Vampire clans and nomads to stand and witness against the Volturi, including the Denali, the Amazonian, the Egyptian, the Irish and Romanian Covens, with European and American nomads. With their allies, the Cullens and the Wolf Pack stand to prove their innocence to the Volturi once and for all.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Baton Rouge, USA; Vancouver, Canada
- MPAA Warning: Sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity
- Production Budget: $132 million
- Production Companies: Imprint Entertainment, Summit Entertainment, Total Entertainment, Zohar International
- Production Schedule: 1 November 2010 - 15 March 2011
2012 Guide Analysis: "Love or hate Stephenie Meyer's saga, there's no denying the impact of both the "Twilight" books and the films on popular culture. Now however it's coming to an end with the last chapter in the 'vegan vampires and virginal vaginas' series set to cap off and likely outgross the $700 million worldwide that the most recent film hauled in over the past two-and-a-bit months.
Filmmaker Bill Condon was given the arduous task of adapting Meyer's downright strangest and certainly most adult book not just onto film but spread out over two movies. The resulting first part was very much a work for the fans, indulging itself perhaps a little too much in the moments they were clamouring for and resulting in some of the weaker reviews of the franchise thus far - an undeserved honour I think as I found it the second best in the series behind the first film.
The pacing stumbled a bit once it left Brazil, while the now infamous 'psychic wolf conference' scene was a sour note. Other flourishes however were most welcome and the three singularly biggest challenges - the imprinting, the sex and the birth scenes - were handled with both inventiveness and aplomb. With the next part of 'Dawn' though, he faces an altogether different challenge.
The rest of 'Dawn' the book is all about the gathering of vampire clans from around the world to face off with the Volturi who've come to kill Bella's daughter Renesmee. What should build to a large scale vampire on vampire fight ends up being a kind of anti-climactic "whoops we were wrong, lets get out of here" letdown, an ending that divided the fan base at the time of publication.
With the film though the question becomes if Condon has changed the source material to include a more cinematic and visually epic face-off. He also has to handle a raft of new faces and characters playing the assorted different coven members (keep an eye out for Erik Odom, big things ahead for that guy). The film is already on track to break box-office records, the real question is where, in fans minds, will it ultimately sit in this series when think back on it years from now."