Top Six… Breaking dawn scenes to tie in with the release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Or something

I know what you’re thinking. And the answer is yes: it really is annoying having to type out all that stuff when merely writing the title of the new Twilight movie. But we don’t mind. Because not so secretly here at Ross v Ross, we quite like the Twilight movies.

The first film in the series is a decent – and hypnotically badly acted – study in what it’s like to be a teenager (remember that far back, scathing male 50-year-old film critics?), albeit with a shocking baseball montage set to Muse thrown in. The movies that followed, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn – Part 1, were perfectly, uh – okay, so I haven’t seen those movies, but I bet they’re dead good. Maybe. Anyway, a film with Michael Sheen in it can’t possible be bad, can it? With the final Twilight movie in the series being released this week, we take a rather tenuous look at some of the great breaking dawns from movies down the years. This blog post comes sunny side up.

6. Logan’s Run (1976)

No, it’s not a movie about Wolverine going for a jog, it’s about a dystopian future (what other kind is there?) in which everyone dies by the age of 30 to stop the population getting too big. The movie is about that, in theory, but really it’s just about Jenny Agutter in a green skirt. Here, she and fellow doomed future person Michael York see the the sun for the first time. And what is on the screen is pretty stunning. Great sunrise too.

5. Equilibrium (2002)

Let’s stay in the dystopian future for now, but this time it’s Christian Bale getting all emotional over the great big red orb. Only in the future could you wake up with your hair looking this perfect.

4. Interview With The Vampire (1994)

In a blog post about Twilight and breaking dawns, we had to have some vampire action. Interview With The Vampire was the Twilight of its day – a book that split opinions being turned into a movie that split even more. What is it about flipping vampires that gets people so all riled up? Anyway, Neil Jordan’s vamp flick doesn’t get the kudos it deserves. Brad Pitt’s character – who sees his last sunrise here – might be a bit of a drip, but he is the counterpart to Tom Cruise’s Lestat, who of course steals the whole show. And what a show it is. ‘I’m going to give you the choice I never had…’ Shut it, Cruise – no one made you do Knight And Day.

3. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Hey! More vampires! Vampires hate the sun like Robert Rodriguez hates subtlety, so it’s a good job he’s in the director’s chair for this bloodfest. Not sure what George Clooney’s slimeball Seth Gecko would make of Ed Cullen & Co, but it’s fair to say there might be some heart staking on the menu. Here he emerges into the hot light of day after a night spent fighting off bloodsuckers to punch Cheech Marin in the face.

2. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

So what if Keira Knightley isn’t Jennifer Ehle and Matthew Macfayden isn’t Colin Firth? Joe Wright’s adaptation is a different beast to famous TV series, but no less enjoyable. Mr Darcy’s walk across the mist here as the sun comes up is no less iconic than his emerging from a lake a decade earlier. Brings a tear to my eye, anyway.

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Kubrick. He didn’t do things by halves, did he? It doesn’t come any bigger than trying to capture THE DAWN OF MAN, but here he is, having a bash at it in arguably the most startling sequence of film ever. Is it as important as Bella Swan giving birth to vampire spawn? Well, that entirely depends on your cinematic taste.



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