• 12
  • Catherine Hardwicke (2008)
  • US / UK
  • 116 min
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Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

A teenage girl falls for a vampire in the first film to be adapted from Stephenie Meyer's bestselling series of fantasy novels. Kristen Stewart is suitably enigmatic as the heroine, Bella, who's been sent to a small town in Washington state to live with her dad (Billy Burke). There she struggles to fit in at school, until a mutual attraction to handsome Edward (played by British actor Robert Pattinson) blossoms into a relationship that's fraught with danger. Pattinson (Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter films) does tend to ham it up with his James Dean pose, but his chemistry with Stewart more than makes amends. Although the dialogue is clunky at times, director Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) makes the greyish gloom feel thoroughly exotic, and teenage audiences will no doubt forgive some overwrought moments in what is a charming tale.

Plot Summary

Romantic horror fantasy based on the bestselling novel by Stephenie Meyer, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Bella Swan moves from the city of Phoenix to a sleepy Washington town where she meets and falls in love with the intense Edward Cullen. Although remaining undeterred upon discovering he is really a vampire, she must go on the run when another of his kind becomes determined to kill her.

Cast and crew


Bella Swan
Kristen Stewart
Edward Cullen
Robert Pattinson
Jacob Black
Taylor Lautner
Charlie Swan
Billy Burke
Dr Carlisle Cullen
Peter Facinelli
Esme Cullen
Elizabeth Reaser
Rosalie Hale
Nikki Reed
Alice Cullen
Ashley Greene
Jasper Hale
Jackson Rathbone
Emmett Cullen
Kellan Lutz


Catherine Hardwicke

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Contender Films
Some violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 19 Dec 2008
Certificate 12