THIS is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to last year s hugely popular teen film, Twilight. It is adapted from the books by Stepheine Meyer and is based on the relationship between 18-year-old Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and her vampire boyfriend, Edwar


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THIS is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to last year's hugely popular teen film, Twilight.

It is adapted from the books by Stepheine Meyer and is based on the relationship between 18-year-old Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and her vampire boyfriend, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson).

Full of heartache, the second movie sees Edward abandon Bella and leave town after one of his blood-thirsty family tries to kill her.

The news is devastating for Bella, who is too traumatised to eat, sleep or leave the house. Until, she finds a new friend in Jacob Black, who is actually a werewolf - the sworn enemy of vampires.

While Twilight was action-packed and engaging, New Moon was less enthralling.

Firstly, Bella's love of Edward is bordering on obsession and there is little unpredictability in this film.

Maybe it was aimed at building tense for the third movie but it was mostly full of raging hormones and heartache.

The first film is worthy of four out of five stars but the follow-up would score just two.

One of the only highlights was the tension-filled scenes involving the vampire pope, Aro (Michael Sheen) and Dakota Fanning as his princes of torture.

The film's snail-like pace is disappointing but there are plenty of loose ends that I'm sure will have Twilight fans running to see the third instalment.

NATALIE BOWYER

2/5 STARS