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The Twilight Saga: New Moon a.k.a. “Twilight Sequel,” “Twilight 2,” “New Moon”

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and action.

Reviewed by: Thaisha Geiger
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Primary Audience:
Teens, Adults
Genre:
Action Horror Fantasy Romance Thriller Sequel Adaptation
Length:
2 hr. 10 min.
Year of Release:
2009
USA Release:
November 20, 2009 (wide—4,000+ theaters)
DVD: March 20, 2010
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Prequel: Twilight (2008)

Temptation

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Featuring: Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan), Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen), Dakota Fanning (Jane), Christina Jastrzembska (Gran/Bella), Billy Burke, Anna Kendrick, Michael Welch, Justin Chon, Christian Serratos, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Russell Roberts, Cam Gigandet, Michael Sheen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Christopher Heyerdahl, Peter Facinelli, Curtis Caravaggio, Daniel Cudmore, Charlie Bewley, Rachelle Lefevre, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Chaske Spencer, Gil Birmingham, Graham Greene, Adrien Dorval, Michael Adamthwaite, Alexander Mendeluk, Hunter Jackson, Gavin Bristol, Sean McGrath, Kiowa Gordon, Tyson Houseman, Alex Meraz, Bronson Pelletier, Edi Gathegi, Tinsel Korey, Corinna Russo, Maria Grazia Pompei, Roberto Marchetti, Alessandro Federico, Justine Wachsberger, Cameron Bright, Noot Seear, Tom Townsend, Peter Lambert
Director: Chris Weitz
Producer: Summit Entertainment, Sunswept Entertainment, Temple Hill Entertainment, Bill Bannerman, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Mark Morgan, David Roker
Distributor: Summit Entertainment

“It will be as though I never existed.”

Series reviews: Twilight (2008), The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part I (2011), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II (2012)

“New Moon” is the highly anticipated sequel within the Twilight Saga. Twilight fans may be more pleased with this film, since it stays more faithful to the second book on which it is based. Better character development and excellent cinematography also compliment the film in creating a more pleasant viewing.

On her 18th birthday, Bella Swann (Kristen Stewart) is troubled when recognizing her brief mortality when she passes Edward’s (Robert Pattinson) immortal age of 17. During a family party, an accidental papercut sends Jasper back to his primitive, bloodthirsty nature, where he tries to attack Bella. Although it only remains a close call, Edward realizes the constant danger Bella is in when in his presence and decides leaving her would be her only chance for a happy, normal life.

His leaving does the exact opposite, causing Bella to fall into a deep, agonizing depression. Withdrawing herself from her friends and family, she has constant nightmares and a permanent sense of hopelessness. After having an adrenaline rush, Bella sees a hallucination of Edward. Feeling this is her only opportunity to see glimpses of him, Bella begins to take different risks in order to have a rush. She, also, finds comfort in the company of Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) and begins to fall for him.

While there’s much more to the plot, it should be noted that “New Moon” is definitely not a stand-alone film. Running over two hours, not much time is spent on the Cullens, since they were already given time in the first installment. In the forefront, Bella and Jacob’s growing relationship is shown. Taylor Lautner does a phenomenal job as Jacob and gives a convincing performance on why Bella would eventually fall for him.

Those who were unhappy with the liberties taken with the first “Twilight” film should be happy with its sequel, since screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg created the screenplay that remains within the Twilight atmosphere. The book New Moon has often been considered the least favorite of the series, since Bella’s emotional breakdown becomes somewhat overbearingly tedious. Where in the book, this episode drearily lasts for hundreds of pages, the movie’s two-hour run does create a genuine portrayal of Bella’s depression, while at the same time provides a tightly-packed plot with an excellent pacing.

Summit’s rush to launch a sequel caused original director Catherine Hardwicke to be replaced by Chris Weitz (“The Golden Compass”). Both have distinctive styles which are commendable. While the excellent bluish color grading is gone, it is replaced with more visually stunning shots of the Forks forest and ocean, displaying a wet, depressed world which perfectly represents Bella’s inner turmoil.

Objectionable Content

While I did not hear the Lord’s name profaned, there is more profanity. There are five uses of the word “hell” and at least one use of the word “damn.” The violence has also increased. A vampire who’s sentenced to death is shown to have his head and arms twisted off, and another is torn apart by the werewolves. In addition, there are about three fights. These acts of violence remain bloodless and tame.

What most people would find offensive is the obsession Edward and Bella have for each other. While the first book showed this sensuality, its film downplayed their obsession, but it comes to full light in “New Moon.” Within this film, Bella continuously tells Edward that he can have her soul, and she cannot live without him. In order to see him, she rides on a motorcycle with a complete stranger and jumps off a hundred foot cliff, all for a fake glimmer of Edward. When believing Bella to be dead, Edward planned on breaking a vampire rule, in order to be sentenced to death.

When Hardwicke was replaced by Weitz, there was brief speculation that Taylor Lautner would be replaced in the coveted role of Jacob Black. Luckily, the talented, young actor kept it and exercised intensely to meet physical requirements. He remains shirtless for the majority of the film.

While Bella and Edward’s relationship does remain physically chaste, except for a few kisses, their emotional happiness is heavily dependent on one another. Bella’s whole life revolves around Edward. And once he is gone, she repeatedly says she now has no soul or that there’s now a huge hole in her chest. Even though this is fiction, there is a similarity to many current youth who often become emotionally dependent in their relationships and sometimes subconsciously idolize their fallible relationships. This is why a Christ foundation is essential, and a study of the following verse is necessary for a truly happy life:

“but seek first His kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”

I’m glad the films are less sensual than the books. In deciding whether to view this film, please remember the above reservations, and be sure that you are discerning and not easily tempted from the aforementioned. Since “Twilight” is mainly loved by young people, parents who allow them to watch it use it for beneficial discussions of its content.

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Positive
Positive—I am a general fan of the “Twilight” saga and was excited to view this film. Contrary to what may be perceived about the series due to the vampire element, I believe this film portrays many Christian tenets. The first and most powerful in my opinion, is the sacrificial love that Edward and Bella have for one another. When the Vulturi is near killing Edward, Bella intervenes and pleads for them to take her life instead. This is seen in Edward’s constant defense of Bella as well; he runs to protect her from the painful power of Jane and in doing so inflicts the pain upon himself.

Another aspect that I find redeeming of this series is the consideration Edward and his family give to the soul and the consequences of moral decisions. I believe Edward is a very tortured character who hates the “monster” he has become. Due to his hatred of his species, I believe he tries harder to transcend what is typical of the average vampire. This transcendence is seen in his attempts to abstain from human blood; this practice habitual in his family clan. I relate this to the Christian struggle to abstain from sinful practices.

The most negative aspect of this film is the codependency and outright idolatry that Edward and Bella have towards one another. Both want to die if the other doesn’t exist. They seek the divine in each other and are not surprisingly disappointed when one fails the other. Such is seen in Edward’s abandonment of Bella with the intent to protect her. His absence makes her more vulnerable to vampire attack. Upon reconciliation Edward says “I will never fail you again.” As Christians we know that this is not possible, for humans will always fail, it is only God that never fails. I find their codependency very sad; in both of them I see the yearning they have for everlasting and never failing love. Unfortunately, they seek this love in fallible beings. How fulfilled they would both be, and how much healthier their relationship would be if they filled their void with Jesus Christ.

I think the series portrayal of a codependent relationship is accurate and shines a spotlight on a serious issue affecting many of today’s teens. The mature audience will be able to discern the severity of codependency, or any dependency on someone or something other than Christ. I think through God’s power this film and saga can be used as a sounding board to illuminate humanity’s need for the Savior’s redemption and soul fulfilling power.

One last virtue of the film that I greatly admire is Edward’s value of marriage. If one reads the series it is known that Edward and Bella wait till after marriage to have sex. In a world saturated with premarital sex, I find it refreshing that these characters practice abstinence. I also greatly admire that the character of Edward is not passive in this arena, but rather takes the role of masculine leadership, being adamant with Bella to save that level of intimacy for marriage. The abstinence is expounded upon in the third and fourth books, however, the tameness of their physical interaction is portrayed in this film. In addition, Edward’s strength in preserving the innocence of their physical relationship for the sake of moral and physical consequences; the physical consequences compounded with the element of his vampiric nature is also portrayed.

Overall I recommend this film to a mature audience. I believe the PG-13 rating is well suited to the film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Paige Brennan, age 22 (USA)
Positive—First off, you will probably not find a more devoted Twilight fan, I have read the series and have watched “Twilight” numerous times; but with that being said, “New Moon” was unfortunately disappointing. In my opinion, this happened because of the switching of directors, Katherine Hardwick did an amazing job on “Twilight,” she detailed the movie verbatim from the book, but the director for “New Moon” did not. Being male, it seemed that he went for the male audience, when in reality he should have gone for the majority--female.

Don’t get me wrong, the action was great, but the storyline was rushed and the romance was done poorly, though I did appreciate the comedic moments of the film. And apparently another guy is directing Eclipse which ought to be interesting, don’t get me wrong I have no issue with the male gender, but I think that since the story is told from a female’s point of view, a female should be directing it to make sure the details are in order, which just happens to be what females are good at.

Anyway, New Moon was good, decently entertaining, and very clean for a PG-13. Few cuss words, only hell that could be counted on one hand, some violence (obviously with vampires and werewolves), and some minor kissing (no sex). The movie was very clean morally, I do relish the Twilight Saga because of the actual love that the characters have for each other, especially in “New Moon.” They are both willing to die for one another and the Bible does say, “Greater love hath no man than to lay his life down for his brother” (John 15:13).

And I love that they treat each other with respect and that the focus of their relationship is meaningful, and not sexual. Also, the vampires yellow eyes were way overdone, instead of being a milky hazel, they were yellow and looked horrible; and the vampires were a little too pale, at one point Edward’s hands looked blue.

So overall, good movie, just disappointed that it didn’t follow the book as well as the first movie. Rating = B
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
Elisa A. Walker, age 20 (USA)
Positive—“The Twilight Saga: New Moon” is a truly exceptional film. Not only was it probably the cleanest PG-13 rated movie I have ever seen, but it was exceptionally acted and remained very true to the book it was based off of. I would recommend seeing Twilight before venturing into New Moon and I would really suggest reading the books before venturing into the movies, but either way, I would recommend this movie to men and women of all ages. The values in the Twilight Saga books are carried over the movie, including but not limited to: rising above your circumstances, devotion, abstinence, and the importance of “making the right choices” in regards to your soul and your eternity after death.

Just focusing on the film, I would say that it was a beautiful love story set in an exciting, fantasy world. The action, along with the element of the vampires and werewolves, is a good draw for boys and the beautiful love story and intense emotion is a good draw for the girls (although there is crossover… I enjoy the fantasy aspect as well and my brother appreciates the romantic aspect as well). It is not a typical vampire movie, which I appreciate. The violence is very low and I would never classify it as a horror movie. These movies give life to an exceptional saga of books and really engage your imagination. I would definitely recommend the Twilight Saga books and movies.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Brittany, age 25 (USA)
Positive—I am first and foremost a huge fan of the The Twilight Saga so naturally I’ve been counting down the days to New Moon’s Midnight Release since Twilight came out on DVD. So needless to say I’m a die hard fan! And I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this movie! All of the acting was amazing and I was extremely happy to see Taylor Lautner’s on screen interpretation of his character, Jacob Black. Prior to seeing New Moon I decided not to re-read the book for fear of ruining the movie by looking for all the changes.

Right now I am currently re-reading the novel and the movie is so spot on! I mean the changes that they made were not extreme or even noticeable to tell you the truth. I believe all the changes that were made from the book to screen made it an amazing movie. Now on a critical stand point I do believe some of the CGI(computer generated imaging) could’ve have been better. However, I am not talking about the wolves, I thought that they were great! I am talking about the cliff diving scenes I thought that they were visibly CGI which disappointed me, but overall the CGI was good.

I was surprised that the violence, which I assumed from the previews would be pretty cut and dry, was somewhat graphic. This I thought was completely pointless because cutting the scenes before the act of killing the victim makes the scene more intense, in my opinion. The language wasn’t to bad but they did seem to like to use the word “hell” a lot. I seem to remember hearing it probably over 10 times, which made its overuse seem forced to push the rating to PG-13.

Although this movie is made from an initially depressing novel the humor was amped up a lot in this movie probably to lighten the mood considering the subject matter. All of its humor just made it more enjoyable! Overall I loved this movie and will be seeing it again in theaters and purchasing it on DVD!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Sierra Rowe, age 18 (USA)
Positive—I agree with the statement a couple before me that said: “this movie is the cleanest PG-13 movie I have ever seen,” because I honestly think it is. I thought that this film was better than the 1st one, but, with that said, I did enjoy the 1st one and how that director made it. I thought that the director of New Moon did an exceptionally good job and in my opinion this film was NOT an disappointment.

The review above makes me laugh, because I thought that this movie was very clean—besides a little violence and maybe a little lust between Jacob and Bella and between Edward and Bella. I thought that this movie had less language and objectionable content compared to the first one and can’t see how someone thought this film WAS SO BADDDDD…, maybe they have never watched a PG-13 movie. Anyway I think that this was a good film, and I would recommend this to anyone that is 13ish.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Brad, age 18 (USA)
Positive—I know a lot of people have a lot to say about this film. Many do not understand why Christians would support it. I’d like to say something in response to that. First, what you may be convicted about as a Christian, others may not be convicted about. Some (such as myself) may just see the Twilight Saga as a good story and not think too much about it. Do I condone what is talked about in the books? No, I do not. Is the Twilight Saga evil? I think that while it has evil in the story, that doesn’t mean Stephanie Meyer is trying to tell the reader that evil is acceptable. The bible is filled with evil, as well as good, many things that you would not let a young child or teen read about. But, they happened.

That being said, I really enjoyed the New Moon movie. I think the fact that there was a different director this time around was a good thing. I have read 3 of the 4 books, and while I do not agree with the things that Bella does in New Moon, the overall story is good. Be aware of the rating for the movie. It’s rated PG-13 for a reason. I believe that as long as a teen is mature enough to watch this film (knowing that it is a good story and nothing more) then they can.

I’d recommend it for ages 15+ Yes, there are some very dark moments. After all, in this film, Bella goes through a depression because Edward leaves her. Again, I’d like to say something in response to the young teenage girls who may be reading this because that’s who the film is targeted to. I know many young girls are influenced by what is around them. After all, the vampire books for teens are (I believe) out of control. Girls, don’t do what Bella did in New Moon. Just because a boy may leave you, it is not the end of the world. This is one major thing that I did not agree with about New Moon.

But, the film had a lot of good things in it as well. The fact that Jacob protected Bella. To me, their friendship is great. He’s such a good friend to her during this difficult time during her life. I really enjoyed seeing the werewolves in the movie. Their loyalty to each other and to the citizens of Forks is awesome. They are the protectors. Plus, I really liked seeing them transform into werewolves. Good CG.

I like the Twilight saga a lot, and this movie did not disappoint me. For Christians who may be offended by this movie, please do not watch it. If you are convicted about it, and believe that watching vampire movies is wrong, then again, don’t watch it. I personally just don’t take the whole vampire thing literally… because it’s made up. But for those Christians who may enjoy good action flicks who happen to enjoy the Twilight books, you will like this movie. I know I enjoyed it!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Sarah, age 26 (USA)
Positive—I have read all of the Twilight Saga books and have seen both installments of the movies to date. This movie was obviously directed to bump up the action factor and attract more male viewers. It was more “block-buster” quality fare than Twilight. (Directing is more straightforward and less “quirky” than Catherine H.'s direction of the first movie—-don’t get me wrong, I liked Catherine’s directing--just a different style than Chris W.) New Moon (as are all the Twilight stories) is a hotbed of topics for discussion, especially for parents and teens: lust, abstinence, depression, loyalty, friendship, truthfulness, perseverance. It is all there.

The basic plot of the entire Twilight Saga is simple: if you like old fashioned love stories--Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, etc. then chances are, you will enjoy these movies. The vampire/occult theme is present and I was initially wary of Twilight because of that. I tend to be a bit legalistic at times. Once I read the stories (prior to letting my teen read them) I saw the primary focus of each story is on teen issues of love, friendship, and loyalty. I was thrilled.

Twilight simply isn’t “dark” in a classic sense. In fact, it is so tame it pretty much breaks every “rule” of vampire lore and every reference to the plight of the vampires is portrayed as cursed and negative. From beginning to end in this series, Twilight is not a supernatural tale of the occult, it is a love story that happens to be between a human and a vampire. If you are pretty legalistic (like if the sexuality in the Song of Solomon is too blunt for you or the violence in the Old Testament is offensive), this movie might not be for you--but none of the “Twilight” installments are as overtly sexual or violent as the scripture references above. If you look at things in context, this movie was better than average compared to most of the drivel out there.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Lynn, age 42 (USA)
Positive—First of all, I’ve read all of the books. Second, the movies are a bit different from the books; they leave out some of the little funny things the characters say, and the whole thing of her actually getting on the dude’s bike in the alley is so not from the book. But The graphics are the bomb. The wolves look so real! Lots of shirtless guys (the wolf pack) running around in low slung jeans. A little language, but I don’t remember any sexuality. Very good example of friendship on Jacob’s part and of taking advantage of a good friend on Bella’s, not that she can make herself love him, but still she needs to learn…

Violence-wise you see a vampire being torn apart first head then both arms, and you see two of the wolves fighting. Duh, it’s a vampire movie, so if that turns you off, don’t watch it. Would not recommend for anyone under 13 due to violence and half naked guys.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Jessica Cagle, age 19 (USA)
Positive—I LOVED this movie!!! Way better than the first! There were some scenes of passionate kissing. I didn’t like the “have my soul, take it I don’t want it” line. They also left some of the big kissing scenes from the book which was good. Plus, it was a good quality making movie, and it is my fave drama/romance movie. I’d rate Average, because for younger teens.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Stacy, age 18 (USA)
Neutral
Neutral—I am torn when it comes to this film series, because on one hand, the movies are very entertaining and “New Moon” is even stronger and more compelling than the first installment, but on the other… there are certain things about the book, and also this film, that disconcert me, because they send the wrong message to impressionable young audiences.

Bella of the books and, also, subsequently the movies, is infatuated with Edward to the point of co-dependent obsession, and when he abruptly abandons her, she literally falls apart. She starts doing incredibly dangerous, intentionally stupid things in order to hallucinate him for even a moment—one of her adrenaline trips almost leads to her death.

More than that, Edward also attempts suicide at a later date, because he feels a sense of hopelessness and loss. Bella’s depression is understandable, but goes far beyond what is appropriate, and the message here is ultimately that the love between two people is eternal and means more than everything—more than your family (Bella disrespects her father by constantly lying to him, and leaving him without a second thought), or your friends (whom she dumps at a moments' notice), or even your soul (when confronted with the notion that becoming a vampire might “damn” her soul, Bella says, “Take it! I don’t want it if it means living without you!”). Dangerous messages for the younger fans of this book, and ones I find it hard to believe older readers can overlook without a twinge of uncertainty, especially when it comes down to the subtle subtext that Bella is incomplete without Edward.

That’s not a message of equality that I can stand behind, but one that infers she needs him to be whole.

Having said that, however, the movie (apart from its mopey moments) is a good one in terms of being an accurate representation of the book. It also features some wonderful but sinister appearances from the likes of Michael Sheen and Dakota Fanning. I am not a big fan of the books for obvious reasons, but this movie made me like it, and made me want to see it more than once. It’s also better written and funnier, and allows us for the first time to really get to know Jacob Black on screen. The fans are going to love it. I did, even in spite of my concerns.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Charity Bishop, age 26 (USA)
Neutral—Part 2 is largely a chic-flick. The first film felt very accessible, dare I say to all audiences, regardless of gender. “New Moon” is a little more partial than its predecessor. First of all, I’m convinced the actor Rob Pattinson has forever cemented his reputation as a ladies man. It’s not just because of the trailer for the new Pattinson vehicle “Remember Me” conveniently snuck in the throng of neverending previews. No. He’s an emo kid in real life. Maybe not outwardly, but inwardly, and certainly on the silver screen. He’s tall and lanky. No definition whatsoever. Pale. A pretty boy. A man with smooth hands, the result of a less-than-impressive absence of calluses. Never worked an honest job for a day in his life. He is Ken made exclusively for Barbie. He is the next Mark Ruffalo. This is a surefire reason for the film’s bias towards the female demographic. Though Robby’s absent from most of the movie, the entire drive, the entire aim or focus is on him.

Secondly, the teen wolves. They’re not your witty Michael J. Fox types. They’re a mix of average dudes and Chippendale recruits. They spend their time shirtless, no doubt in keeping with the author’s creation. Just there. Boom. Randomly. No shirts. You bleeding? Don’t worry little lady, the Duke’s here. Let me Chris Farley this by flexing my muscles. Where’s the Gym? I think it’s THAT way. Have you seen my beach ball? It’s THIS BIG. Nonetheless, the simple fact remains, the wolf gang are a monumental reason “New Moon” caters to the ladies.

Lastly, and this is the most obvious, “New Moon” is a romance story. Now don’t get me wrong. There are great tales of romance that are tactfully relayed in such a way that both sexes can take something away from them. Braveheart, Big Fish, Les Miserables are a few. But “Twilight”… was authored by an older woman. She breathes life into fantasies that are by and large appealing to gals, not dudes. The men she puts into her stories are likely caricatures of ol' boyfriends. Who knows? Eddy Cullen is the Ken. Jake Black is the Rebel Without a Cause—a portrait of a man with a little more Y chromosomes than his leading male counterpart. His presence is no doubt an effective contrast, thereby furnishing functional archetypes of “men” in general. Eddy is soft-spoken and gentle to the touch. Jake is the rock cracked out on his own wild oats and honey; he’s John the Baptist. Still, even with the inclusion of Jacob Black to bring a little more balance to this story, New Moon is ultimately laced with goods for the ladies. That’s all fine and dandy, but it doesn’t make me wanna sack the Brits at Falkirk or shank the Ninjas invading Katsumoto’s village.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Mega Tron, age 23 (USA)
Negative
Negative—I’ve seen reviews on Christian sites, WorldNetDaily, and other places, praising both Twilight movies for chastity and lack of sex. I will give due credit for these things, as it is rare in these times to see a romantic movie, even one geared towards teens, that does not involve sexual immorality. However, my concern lies in what we are teaching young people, especially girls, about what to look for in a partner. Bella’s love interests are vampires and werewolves. Much of both Twilight films revolve around 50 mph piggy back rides and tree climbs, Edward protecting Bella from dangers that were brought into her life by him, co-dependant “love” to the point of being suicidal if it is interrupted, and so on. Most young girls have said that Edward’s chivalry and gentlemanly behavior is what attracts them, but I do not believe he would be as attractive without his darkness, his powers, and the danger surrounding him. We are teaching young girls the absolute wrong circumstances for a relationship. While many Christians are understandably praising the absence of sex in the Twilight saga, we must not lose sight of the fact that sex is not the only destructive relationship decision one can make.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Jay, age 35 (USA)
Negative—I must say that visually this movie was very appealing. The beautiful background scenery and cool special effects were the best parts of the movie. Unfortunately, there were too many moral issues for me to enjoy this movie. I noticed God’s name being used in vain a few times and several unnecessary, offensive uses of the word hell. In addition, the character Jacob had his shirt off for most of the movie. If an attractive girl showed that much skin throughout a movie, the movie would undoubtedly be labeled offensive. Many people forget that lust goes both ways.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Dorian, age 20 (USA)
Negative—I decided to watch “New Moon” because I thought it would be similar to the first movie that came out. In the first one there was not much violence, and I really didn’t feel disturbed or anything like that. When I went to see “New Moon,” I was really disturbed by some of the images that they showed. This movie is nothing but darkness, and I really wanted to just walk out of the movie theater!!! I regret I didn’t, and I hope that many Christians will set out an example and not see this movie that just leaves you empty in the end! I walked out and was feeling awful!

The big problem is that teenage girls are being pressured by their friends to go see this movie! These images of lust and want remain burned in the subconscious of the child’s mind. Remember what the word of God says in Philippians: 'Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.'

For a Christian, the question is not so much “is watching this movie a sin?” but “is this something that Jesus would want me to go see?” The Bible tells us that many things are permitted, but not all things are beneficial or constructive (1 Corinthians 10:23). It also says that whatever we say or do (or watch) should be done to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). We are to set our minds on things that are noble and pure (Philippians 4:8).

The danger lies in how what we are watching affects our heart and how it affects others. For ourselves, if the scene we see brings a feeling of lust, anger, or hatred, then we have sinned (Matthew 5:22, 28), and we must do whatever we can to avoid that happening again. Often that means not watching that type of movie/scene again. Also, it can be a stumbling block to someone who is struggling with a habit or behavior that is coming between him and God (1 Corinthians 10:25-33; Romans 14:13).

If your conscience is telling you that what you are watching is wrong, it probably is. I personally would recommend to try to stay away from these sorts of movies!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1½
—Michelle, age 24 (USA)
Negative—This movie was stupid. The only reason I went was because my girlfriend had free tickets for it and we went with her older cousins on sort of like a double date. It was not very entertaining at all. I felt like I was going to fall asleep thought out the entire thing. It’s a complete waste of money, especially with the current movie theatre ticket prices.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Jake, age 18 (Hungary)
Comments from young people
Positive—Being a twilighter, I was extremely excited to go to the midnight premier of New Moon. I was already beyond ecstatic before the lights went out, and I expected an awesome movie. It was better than I could have imagined. The actors were 50x better than Twilight, and there was nothing very offensive in the movie. If you are wondering about the vampire things, the twilight series has some positive view on them, but there are some negative comments about vampires also. It was not offensive in any way, and the movie was a lot better than Twilight. The actors had more depth, and better acting. The story line was well thought out, and extremely close to the book. If children are easily scared, the scene with the Volturi might be a little scary, due to the action and the characters coming off as crazy. Overall, it was the best movie I have seen in years, and I would recommend it to anyone, even if they don’t like the twilight saga.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Kirby, age 14 (USA)
Positive—Being a major Twilight fan, I went to the first midnight showing of New Moon. I can honestly say it was the best movie I’ve ever seen. In the movie “Twilight” Edward and Bella’s relationship was too physical. In New Moon, everything changed. Their relationship was beautiful and truly from the heart. I cried and laughed in this movie. It had you on the edge of your seats at some points and sighing , “aw,” at others. It was a truly amazing movie. I don’t see why Christians shouldn’t see this one. I am a strong Christian and it honestly did not offend me at all. This is a must see!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Rachel, age 13 (USA)
Positive—This movie was the best movie ever!!!… I loved it!!! And Taylor Lautner is amazing in it… They’re all amazing actors. Nothing bad in it. I’m a very big fan of Twilight, and I was waiting for 1 year for this to come out. I absolutely loved it!! I went to the 12:00 one, and it ended around 2:30am. So it was very exciting. Lots of people were dressed up and girls screaming, lol. The movie was good, and I think it could even be PG.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Morgan, age 13 (USA)
Positive—My mom does not like me reading, watching or buying any merchandise of Twilight; the only thing she will let me do is watch it in theaters and that requires a lot of begging and whining, I can’t even buy the movie she says that she doesn’t want that trash in her house and that it’s wicked, but I don’t agree with her. I love the whole series; it’s a beautiful love story with a twist, and honestly “Twilight” and “New Moon” are like the best movies ever made. I like “Twilight” better than “New Moon” just the movie; New Moon the book is better than the first book. I love how sad and depressing New Moon is; I don’t know, that’s just me; I love that kind of stuff, like how far she would go just to hear him again, and my favorite part was when she jumped off the cliff—that was my favorite part in the book too. It’s absolutely beautiful. I like “Twilight” better because it’s not so overdone, and it’s simple, and that’s how “New Moon” should have been. But, overall, it was good…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Isabel, age 13 (USA)
Positive—Being a huge fan of both the book series and the first movie, I was very happy with new moon. I felt that they captured the story and feeling of the book without changing much or spending too much time on one part of the book. Chris Weitz did a great job, however I liked the way that Catherine Hardwick directed twilight better. With twilight, the movie was made for the fans, not to be a big blockbuster hit. New Moon was made to be a huge movie and I think that took away from the overall movie. I am very glad that they kept Taylor Lautner, who did an amazing job as Jacob Black. He was very convincing and had me feeling his heartbreak at the end of the movie. In the book, there are pages and pages depicting Bella’s depression after Edward leaves, and I’m glad that they didn’t spend too much time on that part. Weitz included that part in the movie without overdoing it.

I understand that many people have issues with the fact that the book is about vampires and other creatures. While I respect that I, and my parents, do not have a problem with the series. If you do have a problem with vampires, I would not recommend this movie, because it doesn’t matter how many good reviews the movie got, you will still be offended by their presence in the movie. But I would recommend New Moon to the twilight fans because it completely met my expectations.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Madison D., age 15 (USA)
Positive—Ok now I understand that a few people hate that it is a movie about vampires and werewolves, well personally I believe that it is just a movie. The way I believe is that Jesus is the only one that should Judge someone, so why are people saying that someone is Damned because they have an imagination. Do you remember when you were a kid and you saw or thought you saw things that no one else saw… or wished for things to be real but you knew weren’t… Well this is just like visiting that time and remembering when we thought things were real like this. WE know they are not real, we KNOW its impossible for things like these in the movie to happen, and we have faith that Jesus is real, no nobody will ever know until we pass on right. Stick to what we know and continue to have faith is what I believe. I love Jesus Christ and I understand what he did for me… But never did he tell me that I couldn’t Have an Imagination…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Darrick Lamer, age 17 (USA)
Positive—I am a huge Twilight fan, and I went into “New Moon” with high expectations. I was not disappointed. The pacing of the movie was very well done, along with the acting and special effects. Seeing Bella going through so much pain after Edward left moved me, and I felt bad for the girl. After seeing the film after three times, I have to say that for a PG-13 film, it was very clean. The “d” word was used once but by one of the young werewolves. There was nothing sexual or crude that made me feel uncomfortable. I loved to see how much Jacob cared for Bella. In all, I loved this film, and I will definitely be seeing it again and again.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Ellen, age 16 (USA)
Positive—Wow, New Moon was awesome! Yes, it was more violent than its prequel Twilight. But it was very well-done, besides for some mild language. I am a Christian, and do not find the Twilight Saga offensive… It just depends on your perspective!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Emily, age 11 (USA)
Positive—I really liked New Moon a lot! Honestly, I wasn’t a huge fan of the first movie “Twilight.” The filming in “Twilight” was badly done, I thought. The lighting was too dark and gloomy, and the effects weren’t that great. “New Moon,” on the other hand was filmed way better! Really good effects, too!! The only thing about the movie that I didn’t like was that Bella didn’t care about her soul. Obviously, your soul is very important, and she didn’t see that. But, overall, I really liked the movie!!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Laurie, age 16 (USA)
Positive—…I have read the books and seen the movies and am a devout Christian. I recognize good from evil and understand that yes, no one should be exposed to instances of occult practices or Satanic material—that would be spiritually dangerous and harmful, of course! However, the aim of the Twilight series is not to glorify evil. The vampires portrayed in the series are not stereotypical of their species—many of these vampires have been forced into this lifestyle with no choice, and deeply regret who they are. It is unnecessary for them to feed off human blood—animals just as easily sustain them. They have laws, morals, standards, just as any culture today has.

The Cullen family (central vampire coven) are good, generous people who have done no harm and wish they could have the chance to live human lives. As far as Edward Cullen and Bella Swan’s relationship goes, Edward’s love is pure. He wants nothing but good and happiness for the woman he loves, even if that means leaving her. He knows he’s not what she deserves. However, he strives to practice self-control and chivalry with her, doing whatever it is he has to do to keep her safe from danger, particularly himself. Edward’s unwavering loyalty, commitment and treatment of Bella reflect well the Christian belief of true love.

While Bella represents a kind of selfishness in being willing to throw away her life for this boy, Edward constantly admonishes her and tries to keep her on track with her life. His aim, above all, is what is best for Bella. The purpose of the Twilight series is not to positively portray a group of evil creatures, or extol wickedness. It’s another star-crossed lovers tale—Bella and Edward are from two separate worlds, each where the other doesn’t belong. It’s a well-written cheesy love story that does not need to be made into a giant controversy!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Mary Graham, age 16 (USA)
Positive—The Twilight Saga is, essentially, the latest fad. All of the teenage girls rave about it, so I became curious. I ended up asking my mother about the book series. She hadn’t read the books but decided to pre read Twilight before allowing me to do the same. My mother was satisfied with the book and agreed to read let me read it on one condition—that I discuss any objectionable content with her. We have had several discussions about the book and about the decisions of the characters and whether or not they were wise.

My mother and I have also read New Moon and it was quite entertaining. Although I would recommend the Twilight Saga books and/or the movies, there are several common arguments against them. I will address those here.

The main issue that Christians have with Twilight is the fact that it revolves around vampires. Many people find the idea of a vampire repulsive, offensive, and unbiblical. However, I, personally, disagree. The Bible does say that blood should not be consumed. However, in Twilight, this aspect of vampires is not glorified. Edward refers to himself as a killer and a monster. When Bella refers to his glittering skin as beautiful in the Twilight movie, he answers, “This… this is the skin of a killer.”

Also, the Cullens DO NOT WANT to suck blood. They do their best to refrain from excessive feeding and only drink the blood of animals. Since they would die without ever feeding, I consider them as trying to make the best of a poor situation. Drinking blood is not glorified in the books—it is presented as monstrous. Another argument against Twilight is the sexuality in the books/movies. In the books, sex prior to marriage is not glorified. Unfortunately, Bella makes poor decisions. Although she doesn’t have sex with Edward, Bella is constantly alone with and is very attracted to him. This creates a situation where she is likely to make a poor decision. Thankfully, when this almost occurs, Edward quickly pulls back from Bella explaining that he “can’t afford to lose control”. Mothers, I would advise discussing Bella’s constant time alone with Edward with your children. I have discussed this with my mother and we have both agreed that this was a poor choice on Bella’s part.

Another potential problem with The Twilight Saga is Bella’s obsession with Edward and his constant ability to rescue her. THIS IS NOT A REALISTIC INTERPRATION OR EXPECTATION OF WHAT A BOYFRIEND IS. A BOYFRIEND SHOULD NOT BE THE FOCUS OF ONE’S LIFE. However, the damaging effects of Bella’s obsession with Edward are clearly shown in New Moon when he temporarily leaves her. Some people are bothered by Edward’s ability to constantly rescue Bella. Therefore, they claim that watching Twilight creates unrealistic expectations in young girls. Here’s my take on this—if someone has a problem with a boy that always runs in and rescues a girl, then children shouldn’t be allowed to see movies like The Little Mermaid or Cinderella either.

I recommend discussions about realistic boyfriends with one’s daughters if you do allow them to see Twilight. The only other potentially offensive content in New Moon is minor. There are several uses of the word “hell” and one or two uses of “damn”. These are short, though. Another thing is that Jacob is shirtless for most of the movie and Edward is shirtless when he attempts to commit suicide. Do I have a problem with this? No. Did the moviemakers do this so that young girls would go “wow, he’s attractive”? Sadly, yes. If someone is negatively affected by these sorts of images then they should avoid New Moon.

Edward is also convinced that vampires have lost their souls. In response to this, in the New Moon book, Bella says, “You can take my soul. You have it already.” This is a poor decision on Bella’s part. She does not have a realistic idea of heaven and/or hell. She often describes Edward in such ways as “Edward—as beautiful as a god on Earth.” In Bella’s mind, Edward matters more than God. This is ignorant and Bella is a very weak character. One must recognize, however, that Bella is unsaved. She is a narrow-minded character that should not be emulated.

Parents, I would advise discussing this with your daughters so as to keep them from falling into the same trap as Bella. The movie has violence—but it is very clean and bloodless. Overall, I would highly recommend this movie. I hope my review assists you.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Laura, age 12 (USA)
Positive—First of all, I would not recommend these movies to people who haven’t read the books because they don’t have the same effect. I watched “Twilight” before reading the book and I thought it was so stupid. However after reading the books I understand a lot more, and now I love it. “New Moon” was much better than “Twilight,” in my opinion.

Second of all, I cannot believe how much people overreact about this series. I get that there are vampires, and what vampires do is evil. But do people realize when they say these things that they are talking as if it is real, and we are condoning it by watching it? Guess what? We know that vampires don’t exist, and we enjoy a made up story, and that does not mean that we are not real Christians and whatever else people have said on this site. If it goes against your conscience to watch these movies, then don’t watch them, that is when it is wrong. But don’t tell other people that you are “amazed” that “Christians” could watch such a movie. People have their own opinions, and personally, when I review on this site and think that something is immoral, I just say it in a way that shows it is my OPINION. I don’t think that it is right to judge other people for it.

Next, I noticed that one reviewer, I can’t remember if it was for “New Moon” or “Twilight,” said “so he doesn’t sleep with her, but he has so much trouble not sucking her blood”?? how are those two things related at all??? Also, I would like to point out to people who say that Edward doesn’t sleep with Bella so that he doesn’t bite her, and not for Godly reasons that he actually does. One reason is because he doesn’t want to bite her, but also in Eclipse it says that he wants to wait until they are married because he wants to keep his “virtue”.

The fact that boys have their shirts off throughout this movie also is not as big of a deal as people are making it out to be. If you go to the beach you see plenty more skin than that. I think that it is really funny that this movie has more controversy than things that are much more offensive. For example, if a movie has murder in it, people will say that murder is wrong as part of their review, but that if you go into the movie knowing that you can still enjoy the film. I totally agree with that. However this movie is about something that, unlike murder, DOESN’T EXIST. and yet people can’t believe that Christians would dare watch this movie.

Anyway, I could go on for hours about how ridiculous people are getting over this, so I’ll stop here. Basically, I’m not saying that these movies are without flaws, however they are better than the average movie today. If you know that vampires are not real, DUH, then this movie is perfectly fine. I can’t even believe how many “non-viewer” comments their are, people get so worked up over the dumbest things. Overall, I would recommend these movies to people who’s conscience doesn’t go against it, and people who have read the books first.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Jessica, age 17 (Canada)
Neutral—New Moon was way better than tha first Twilight movie. I liked New Moon except for Bella and Edward kiss several times, Bella doesn’t care about her soul at all, ***SPOILER ALERT*** in movie they show a vampire getting his head broken off. Very disturbing! And when Edward said he didn’t want Bella to become a vampire because she will lose her soul, she said she wouldn’t care. Also there are a couple of swear words and profanity. But, other than that it’s all right
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Jessica, age 16 (USA)
Comments from non-viewers
As a Christian, I am amazed that my brothers and sisters would be taken in by this trap. One truly bizarre part of this self-godhood occult sorcery movement is the rise in fascination with the fantasy idea of vampires and other blood-drinking supposedly eternal creatures. Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series has recently fueled this fascination even more, as she spins tales of people with characteristics only possessed by God, such as knowing the thoughts of others, eternal life, and supernatural powers! These characteristics are somehow obtained by mere people who are born to be immortal. The catch is that these people have to defy God’s eternal prohibition regarding the drinking of blood (Leviticus 17:10-14; Acts 15:29, Acts 21:25). Since blood is the very symbol of sacrificial atonement in order to gain eternal life, vampirism mocks God’s command and preaches instead that defying God is necessary in order to exist since the vampire or werewolf can’t survive without it. As Satanism has done for many years, they completely twist around the true meaning of the blood and in so doing become the focus of God’s future wrath (John 6:32-66; Hebrews 10:29-31).
—Martin Britt, age 49 (USA)
As a Christian I would wonder why anyone would recommend this movie. I am puzzled as to why Christians would be entertained by things that relate to the Occult. These movies are dangerous as they desensitize our young people to things of a Satanic Nature. Sure, there aren’t any sacrifices of goats or blatant Satanism in them, however, getting started down the road of interest in the Occult is a very dangerous place to be. I won’t be watching these movies because as Scripture says: “Set your mind on things above.” I choose not to be entertained by things that are in direct contrast to my Lord and are aligned with the enemy.
—Mike Molina, age 32 (USA)
I think that Christians {especially Christian girls my age} have been so easily sucked into the “Twilight craze” without fully realizing what they are {even unknowingly} supporting. C’mon girls… this is a movie about VAMPIRES. OCCULT. Go find another chick flick without the ucky stuff! God takes these subjects seriously, and so should we. People are so eager to defend Twilight. “What’s wrong with it?” they ask. Hmm… wrong question. Shouldn’t we rather ask, “What’s RIGHT with it?” The more we let these things slip by our consciences… the more we become desensitized. Let’s take a stand, Christians.
—Sarah, age 18 (USA)
I am an elder/pastor in our church, and I am really struggling with understanding why Christians would find this movie appealing in the least. What is appealing about forking over all this money to Hollywood for these movies and books about Vampires who according to “Vampire lore” are soulless humans guided by demonic influence or outright demonically possessed? Are there seriously no other entertainment sources that would point us to Godliness and light? Why do we desensitize ourselves like this? Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all else guard your heart (mind) for it is the wellspring of your life.”

Although only a third of “Christians” now believe it, Satan and demons are real, and there is nothing “sexy” or appealing about either of them. There is nothing spiritually healthy about the twisted romantic relationship found in twilight. …
—Greg, age 40 (USA)
As Christians, we need to ask ourselves three questions before seeing this movie, “Is this something that Jesus would see himself, would He approve of you seeing it, and does viewing it in some way honor God?” If the answer is yes, then by all means, go see it. But if the answer is no or if there is any doubt in your mind, then you need to take a step back and question your motives for seeing this movie. As followers of Christ and as children of God, we are called upon to embrace the light and all that is good. The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:5 that we are sons of the light and do not belong to the night or to the darkness. In the same manner, the great prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 5:20 cautions us that we are not to call evil good and good evil; that dark is light and light is dark. Although they are works of fiction, vampires and werewolves are not of God but are of the darkness.

No flashy special effects will change this fact. Notice how God is never mentioned in vampire and werewolf movies. Think about it. I will not be seeing this film and call upon other Christians to save their money and instead watch a movie that truly glorifies God.
—Les, age 39 (USA)
I am very surprised that so many Christians have been sucked into this latest spellbinding experience. I came to this Web site and expected several negative reviews and all that I’ve seen are people that have become obsessed with a series about vampires. Seriously folks, you believe that you can stand before God on judgment day and justify your actions? Where are the Christian standards and where is the strength that you have when it comes to carrying the cross? He died on the cross for you… and you repay him by supporting the occult? This isn’t a fairy tale and the “entertainment factor” won’t buy you an excuse. Pray for clarity from the Holy Spirit before you become completely lost. These producers and directors have an agenda to steer you away from our Savior. This isn’t my opinion… it is the word of God. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. —Galatians 5:19-21. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” —Revelation 21:8.
—Eric, age 33 (USA)
I know that not seeing this film makes my comment less relevant. But I would like to say that a christian should not view a film about an occult—vampirism. It is irrelevant whether the certificate is low or if the profanity is mild. All a christian should need to know is that this film is about vampires and should not see it. Vampirism is a known cult in which members drink blood and sharpen their teeth. Should a christian be watching films like this—is it good for you?
—Abigail, age 15 (UK)
How is it that Christians support a movie that at its very foundation is about the occult and satanic principals? If those things supposedly do not affect you, then why do you think it is that you are so drawn to these movies? Think about it. When you see these movies, which do you truly believe you are feeding… the new man or the old man? Are you growing closer to the Lord or are you growing further from the Lord? Which do you think is more important… getting to see some cool special effects or obeying God in abstaining from things that please the flesh?

You may think because of the quality of the film you can ignore its hazardous underpinnings, but would you eat a bowl of delicious soup that had just a little arsenic in it? We as Christians are supposed to strive to become pure even as Christ is pure (1 John 3:3), and setting aside a part of your heart to reserve for the enjoyment of films like this is not accomplishing that goal. I think it is important that at the very least we understand God’s stance on the subject; after all, that’s what’s important, right? Deut 18:10-12 says “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”

If you enjoy these types of movies, I challenge you to really closely examine your relationship with God and to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12). Please turn to Christ and away from the world… you can’t straddle the fence. Revelation 3:15-22 says “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”
—Adam, age 23 (USA)
…I don’t know why anyone would go and see this movie; it is so over done. Not to mention the story line just sounds stupid within itself. Second, it sad that young girls my age are being sucked it to whole idea of vampires are hot. I think every Christian who should boycott this movie. It is dark and demonic. Why don’t these young people realize that there is an evil undertone that Satan tries to use here? The vampires are supposed to be the living dead, right. Well, if you are the true Christian you know that there is only one of two places you go when you die. Second, the werewolves are suppost to be humans with supernatural power. We need to remember that there is supernatural power out there. Where the source of that power is from is a whole an other story. Is it from God or from Satan? Satan will try to make it look like that there is strong power in being a werewolf or a vampire. People have to remember that God will not put up with people that do witch craft. Remember as Christian our authoritive source of power comes from having a real relationship with Christ Jesus. Jesus gave us power to cast out demons and call forth miracles. The sad fact is that young people are drawn to this movie because they feel a so called “connection.” COME ON CHURCH WE ARE SUPPOSED TO CHANGE THE WORLD, NOT LET THE WORLD CHANGE US! Hey girls, I know it hard to find a good chick flick, but how about we connect with our fellow sisters in Christ. Do some thing besides going to see Twilight.
—Carrie, age 15 (USA)
I have not seen this film and will not, as I feel such a grieving of the Holy Spirit. Christian brothers and sisters, how can we call such evil, good? I have a 13 year old daughter that attends a Christian school and is the only girl in her class that has not read the book and will not see the movies. Does anyone realize that the author, Stephanie Meyer, received this entire series as a dream? Not only did she have the voices of Edward and Bella ringing through her head that she almost could not sleep, but Edward also appeared to her after the first book and told her that she had portrayed him incorrectly. He told her that he DID drink the blood of humans. Mormons, although very nice and good people, do not believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior! Without Jesus and the Holy Spirit, they are open to full demonic influence. Clearly, God did not send this as a dream to the author. Satan is the greatest deceiver, and he is aiming his deceit at our young children and their minds. We, as Christians, need to wake up, take a stand against evil, and pray for each other and these young minds and hearts!
—Sue, age 40 (USA)
Neutral—… I have not seen the movie yet. I just finished the book series and have seen the first movie, but the second is so close to DVD release that I will wait and rent it. I just wanted to respond to a few of the comments I read: “the film portrayed lust, desire, etc. etc.”. Yes, it did, and so did the book. Is that not a reality? Do you think turning a blind eye to it will make it go away and make our children not feel it?? Let’s not be naiive. I know that we are to try not to lust toward others (especially if we are married), however, these are young, dating-age kids in the book and movie. Lust and desire are a reality; HOWEVER… they do not succumb to it, and is that not what we encourage our children to strive towards… waiting; overcoming those feelings???

I agree that pre-teen kids need not be exposed to that thought, but for teens… yes, let them see that what they feel is real, but that waiting is worth it; just as it was for Bella and Edward!

Also, to the reviewer who criticized the books and movie, but admitted to not having read or seen any of them: I also resisted; making judgments against them because of the “evilness.” I finally read them because I had other Christian friends who had, and I soon realized that, although there is evil, it is “fiction,” and, besides, our world is filled with evil.

There are also so many moral and just and dare I say, Biblical, things about this series that they far overshadow the evil. I was blessed by these books and by Stephanie’s ability to keep one intrigued without a lot of the filth, sex, language that most books and movies are full of these days. I am encouraged that so many young people embraced this series…there is much good to be learned from them and many spiritual lessons. Do NOT judge a book by it’s cover… crack it open and then make your judgments. That is exactly why us Christian s are labeled as judgmental hypocrites!
—Laurie, age 48 (Canada)