Saturday, April 24, 2010

::Team Eclipse:: Fearnet's 8 Things we LOVED about the Eclipse Trailer.

Werewolves and Volturi and newborns, oh my! The final trailer for June's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was unveiled today, revealing lots of interesting things about David Slade's take on the third novel.

Summit's been rather tight-lipped with previews for the third Twilight film; we've only had one previous teaser trailer thus far, in comparison to the endless clips and trailers and trailers for trailers we've had on the last two installments. So they decided to unveil their final look at the darker, more violent Eclipse in a big way… on Oprah!

Some fans may have wanted more of the same old Edward-Bella-Jacob mooning, but the final Eclipse trailer delivers something perhaps more important: in the span of just 90 seconds, it packs in wolves, vampires, Cullens, Volturi, intrigue, action, and plenty of glimpses of the new enemy in Eclipse, Victoria's army of newborn vampires. It gives a sense of the suspense and violence in Eclipse (out June 30) and of the darker and hopefully bloodier atmosphere set by Victoria's vengeful rampage across Seattle. This promises to be a Twilight movie with more, well, menace.

Herewith, eight things we kind of-sort of-loved about the trailer!

David Slade's dark and gloomy Seattle
With that aerial shot of rainy downtown Seattle, Slade opens up the Twilight world beyond the small town scope of Forks and Quileute country. Even during the span of the trailer, stakes feel higher than before, especially since more emphasis is placed on the killings in Seattle than there was in the book, where Bella's life was always front and center. Whether it's Riley being attacked in a darkened alley or later, leading a pack of newborns as they crawl insidiously over logs and machinery to gather at the dock, you already feel the tension mounting towards the big showdown between the Cullens, the wolves, and Victoria.

Jacob the Bad-ass
Ever since Bella chose Edward over his wolfy self at the end of New Moon, Jacob's been rather hostile. Distant. Hot. The Eclipse trailer opens as Jacob shows up to surprise Bella and Edward with a warning -- but this isn't that old familiar warm 'n' cuddly Jacob Black. It's a new, metrosexual, "I wear a black muscle tee because I'm tough" Jacob Black. With a steely Seagal-esque gaze he speaks for his pack with a resounding, "We're in." He wants really bad to KILL something. Later, he PUNCHES something in anger! Taylor Lautner conveys a confidence that we haven't seen before, and we like it.

The Wolf Pack!
Surely the final Eclipse trailer could have included more shirtless boys (tally: one brief shirtless Jacob shot), but we do get to see plenty of the Wolf Pack in wolfy, fighting form. Slade appears to have kept mostly to the wolf models that Chris Weitz created for New Moon, although in some shots they look a bit more photorealistic -- the sensitive eyes are less emphasized since they're in hunt mode. Sure, they still look oversized and otherworldly, but the vision of the newborn fight exploding with snarling, slo-mo wolves has me excited.

The Cullens!
We were wondering when we'd get to see more of our favorite veggie vampire family, and the Eclipse trailer does not skimp. Carlisle and the gang show up to formulate their plans to figure out who's creating the vampire army in Seattle, Alice has a nice close-up line of dialogue, and Jasper gets his moment to shine as he leads the clan in to battle with his Confederate Army know-how. (The fight in the clearing looks amazing.) What I'm still not crazy about is the Cullen family hair, which looks a bit updated (Alice's bob has a nice little flip to it) but still looks, well, just a tad silly (check out Jasper's fabulous mane!). Not coincidentally, Peter Facinelli and Ashley Greene are probably two of the more popular fan fave cast members. Did they get more face time because of their popularity?

The introduction of Riley
Curiously, the trailer downplays Victoria's presence in favor of showing more of Riley. (Perhaps this is on purpose to deflect fan attention from the New Victoria, Bryce Dallas Howard.) But since Riley is played by Aussie actor Xavier Samuel, star of the recent horror flick The Loved Ones, I really didn't mind. Samuel strikes a few menacing poses himself as Riley leads Victoria's army closer to Bella, and that shot of him and the newborns walking out of the water like Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now is kind of awesome.

The newborn fight in the clearing
The biggest gift the final trailer gives us is the newborn fight, which should be the most action-packed moment in Eclipse. Slade's vision of how it goes down is pretty thrilling, even in snippets -- his camera rushes in as both sides, good vampires vs. evil vampires, run headlong into each other from the left and right. In the battle, a figure that looks like Alice runs toward a baddie and vaults out of the way just as one of the wolves grabs him. A wolf with reddish fur (is it Jacob?) tumbles with a vampire. Victoria, who's evaded captors with her super speed in previous movies, shows off some new moves as she leaps from tree to tree in a forest chase.

The tent scene
Since this trailer's all about action, we don't really see much of the love triangle at the heart of the story. But we do get a brief glimpse of a scene between Bella and Jacob -- he's shirtless and it's snowy, so this could be part of the famed "sleeping bag/tent scene" -- which is laden with heavy emotional glances and shot in gorgeous natural-looking light with what looks to be a handheld camera, an element that promises to give parts of Eclipse a feel more akin to the intimacy of the first film.

Edward in action! Kinda…
While the fight in the clearing shows mostly the Cullens and Co. vs. the newborns, Edward does get a bit of action here. It's probably him chasing Victoria through the trees (it's hard to see in this trailer) but it's definitely him guarding Bella as Victoria gets closer, and it's him pushing over a massive tree that Victoria's hiding in. Fear not, fans -- as the teaser and previously released stills show, Edward should get plenty of the other kind of action in Eclipse (you know, the kind that involves making out), and shots of him looking concerned and adorable and proposing to Bella elsewhere in the trailer solidify his hold on Bella's (and our) hearts.