• Publication date: June 1, 2011

Would You Sell Your Soul for Love? New Moon: Turn the Page to a New Chapter

Teenager Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has found her first true love, a 109-year-old vampire: Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). While there is quite an age difference between the two, Edward is resistant to aging and, assuming he is never killed, will forever appear 17. He is accompanied by his vampire family, the Cullens: father Carlisle (Peter Facinelli) and mother Esme (Elizabeth Reaser); brothers Emmett (Kellan Lutz) and Jasper (Jackson Rathbone), in addition to sister Alice (Ashley Greene).

Teenager Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has found her first true love, a 109-year-old vampire: Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). While there is quite an age difference between the two, Edward is resistant to aging and, assuming he is never killed, will forever appear 17. He is accompanied by his vampire family, the Cullens: father Carlisle (Peter Facinelli) and mother Esme (Elizabeth Reaser); brothers Emmett (Kellan Lutz) and Jasper (Jackson Rathbone), in addition to sister Alice (Ashley Greene).

Edward and Bella's relationship is stellar, until the Cullens decide to throw a surprise birthday party for her. When Bella opens a package and gets a bad paper cut, it drips blood and overwhelms Jasper � who then leaps in her direction. Fortunately she was not physically harmed. Unfortunately, however, Edward became fearful that even if Jasper could control his vampiric urges that he could not, and would eventually transform the girl he adored into a soulless creature like himself.

After having this realization Edward took a walk with Bella into the woods, explained his feelings, and insisted that the relationship should end. She was absolutely devastated, and sank into a deep, yearlong depression. In the meantime the Cullens left the small Washington town for another location.

Eventually Bella met a Native American boy named Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). With his help she was able to overcome depression, and begin living a normal life. Something strange happened though. One night Ashley and Bella encountered a biker gang that Edward had once fought with; Ashley was hesitant to go near them, but Bella began having visions of Edward, who warned her to stay away from the men. In order to keep his vision alive, Bella asked one of the bikers for a ride home, hoping she could somehow get closer to her former love.

As time passed she realized that dangerous situations summoned Edward's presence, and so she tried crazy stunts such as jumping off of cliffs into water to get in contact with him. To Bella's chagrin, however, her number one admirer Jacob usually rescued her. While Jacob hoped to be her knight in shining armor, he has a secret similar to Edward's: he and his family are a pack of werewolves. To make things more complicated a longstanding rivalry exists between the Cullens and the Blacks.

If Bella wants to reunite with Jacob she has one choice: to become a vampire herself. Yet Edward refuses to grant her this wish, claiming that she does not know the misery of being soulless. On the other hand, he is terrified that if he does not transform her, she will eventually kill herself � either intentionally or inadvertently by constantly summoning his spirit. Even if Edward would agree to Bella's proposition, it would end a truce between the Blacks and Cullens, namely due to a condition that prohibited the Cullens from turning anyone into a vampire. Ultimately these two men must make a decision that is both fair, and does not hurt the one woman they both love.

New Moon was an incredible success, breaking numerous box office records and spawning a sequel, Eclipse. Across the globe the picture earned a whopping $701 million, easily recuperating its comparatively small $50 million budget and outselling its predecessor, Twilight by far. DVD and blu-ray releases were highly profitable as well; in North America alone the DVD grossed $152 million in sales.

The film was no slouch on the award circuit either. It won a Kid's Choice Award, 2 MTV Movie Awards, and 4 Teen Choice Awards. New Moon's soundtrack features artists such as Death Cab for Cutie, Lupe Fiasco, OK Go, and many more.

Year: 2009

Duration: 130 minutes

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Starring:

Kristen Stewart

Robert Pattinson

Taylor Lautner

Ashley Greene

Rachelle Lefevre

Billy Burke

Michael Sheen

Dakota Fanning

Director: Chris Weitz

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