Catherine Hardwicke (2008)

12A Certificate


Our Score
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.


Teenager Bella moves to a small town to live with her father and embarks on a passionate romance with the mysterious Edward, despite knowing he is a vampire. When more bloodsuckers arrive in town, they are unimpressed that Edward is involved with a human and Bella's life is placed in mortal danger. Fantasy love story, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke and Ashley Greene.

Cast & 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
Renée Sarah Clarke
Billy Black Gil Birmingham
Jessica Anna Kendrick
Victoria Rachelle Lefevre
James Cam Gigandet
Laurent Edi Gathegi
Director Catherine Hardwicke
see more

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Contender FilmsGuidance: Some violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Dec 2008