‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ – SR Underground Ep. 66

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:25 pm,

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The Screen Rant editorial team is back with episode sixty-six of the Screen Rant Underground.

Join host Ben Kendrick as well as fellow SR editors Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw – along with Saw series writer and director of The Collection, Marcus Dunstan - for a review of the final Twilight saga installment, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 plus updates on a number of video game movie adaptions including Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, and more.

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Screen Rant Underground: Episode 66 – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

In episode 66 of the Screen Rant Underground podcast we review Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, with the help of Saw series writer and director of The Collection, Marcus Dunstan, plus give updates on a number of upcoming video game movie adaptations.

[0:00] News: Assassin’s Creed movie coming in 2014, Splinter Cell film will star Tom Hardy, and the Deus Ex adaptation has a director.

[35:52] Box Office Battle Results

[38:27] Interview: Marcus Dunstan – The Collection, God of War, and the Saw series.

[1:18:51] Review: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (read our full Breaking Dawn – Part 2 review).

[1:37:46] Breaking Dawn – Part 2 SPOILERS conversation (join in the Breaking Dawn – Part 2 spoilers discussion).

[2:02:53] Listener E-mail, Twitter Handles, and Contact Information.

[2:05:25] Game Rant News Brief: Grand Theft Auto 5 and Modern Warfare 4 rumors, Xbox 720 specs and design leaks, Halo 4 editorials, as well as Wii U console and game reviews.

Hosts: Ben Kendrick, Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw.

Special Guest: Marcus Dunstan (@MarcusDunstan) - Check out The Collection in theaters November 30, 2012.



Next Week’s Review: Life of Pi

Last Week’s Reader Box Office Battle Winner (Skyfall Opening Weekend): Sam Howard (15 Points)

Opening this Week in Theaters (Wide):

  • Life of Pi (Adventure) – 2,700
  • Red Dawn (2012) (Action) – 2,600+
  • Rise of the Guardians (Animation) – 3,500

Opening this Week in Theaters (Limited):

  • Hitchcock (Drama) – 16
  • Silver Linings Playbook (Comedy) – 420

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    • Plus final weekend tallies for the weekend of Breaking Dawn – Part 1 opening:

      1 Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 – $141.1M
      2 Skyfall – $41.1M
      3 Lincoln – $21.0M
      4 Wreck-it Ralph – $18.6M
      5 Flight – $8.8M
      6 Argo – $4.0M
      7 Taken 2 – $2.1M
      8 Jab Tak Hai Jaan – $1.3M
      9 Pitch Perfect – $1.3M
      10 Here Comes the Boom – $1.2M

  1. 1. Breaking dawn
    2. Rise of the guardians
    3. Skyfall
    4. Life of pi
    5. Lincoln
    10. Argo

  2. I thought when the Fassbender news of him doing Assassins Creed came out they said he would be doing the character Desmond only and another actor would be doing the separate characters but I guess in a sense it make more sense for a pretty big star like Fassbender to change his look & mannerisms of each character but as far as the movie adaptation goes Assassins Creed could be a compelling story, introducing Altair’s story in first mixed with reluctant hero Desomonds makes fore interesting story, kind of part Matrix(Animus) set in a Clouds Atlas timeline with historical characters/events adding in a hidden war with Templars & Parkour mixed in with action, which makes for interesting story telling with great action and a Splinter Cell movie with Tom Hardy sounds much better then Uncharted movie with Nathan Fillion’s(shtick)….

    • I think that’s fan speculation. I don’t think that’s been said by Ubisoft.

  3. Ben, you should have put the option “Really?” in the poll.

    • Haha. I was thinking of a 6th option but, while fun, I tend to think those skew the poll (which are, admittedly, already skewed).

  4. Rise of the Guardians
    Breaking Dawn – Part 2
    Life of Pi
    Red Dawn

    10-Pitch Perfect

    • You guys seem reeeeeeeeeally too lenient on Twilight, but its your podcast.

      • Cody – Did you actually see this one? I KEEP hearing that same thing in the written review too (that I was too lenient). The Twilight films have a lot of problems (and are definitely not for everyone) but this is a lot more accessible and surprisingly entertaining.

        This line from the written review sums up my feelings: “There are still a number of unintentionally humorous exchanges and awkward visuals (especially CGI baby Renesmee) that undercut the quality of the filmmaking – even if the final film itself delivers a worthwhile experience for its intended audience.”

        That said, I don’t think anyone is recommending that naysayers see the movie – we just are at a point where lambasting Twilight sounds like a broken record. So, instead, we tried to focus on specific things instead of rolling our eyes at the larger franchise.

          • I don’t think that’s true – no one was calling it the greatest film of all time/award worthy in our reviews. I think ever single person that said anything good about it prefaced those comments by saying it was still a very flawed film.

            Still, and I don’t mean disrespect when I say this, as the person who sat down and watched the film – I didn’t feel like any of those “hard” criticisms would have been entertaining to listen to. We tend to gravitate toward talking about the things that stood out to us as interesting to discuss (not forcing the conversation into a certain mold). That’s why we have written reviews on the site – to try and handle a more balanced look at the quality of the film.

            As for Project X, Kofi really enjoyed that film for the exact reasons you mentioned (appealing to viewers who wanted to experience the craziest party in history or reminisce on their own crazy party moments). However, for me, I didn’t personally think that was entertaining as someone who wasn’t in one of those two camps.

            Reviews across the board have asserted that this Twlight film is more entertaining and accessible than prior ones – with many people who were dragged to the film by friends coming out claiming that they actually were entertained. As a result, I still don’t think my 3/5 review or this positive-leaning podcast conversation are really that off-the-mark.

            I get why some people don’t like Twilight (and I would say the podcast team largely agrees) but our jobs at Screen Rant is to look at what is in front of us and this film is better than anti-Twilight moviegoers are going to assume. I know some listeners may have come to hear us tear the film apart (especially since we have been critical of fan-favorites like Skyfall and Dark Knight Rises) but I, personally, think we’d have been pandering if we’d gone down that road.

            We love our listeners, and value you guys and the time you spend listening to us but, from time to time, we’ve had to disagree. Some listeners have come to admit that we might not have been as harsh on The Dark Knight Rises as we might have seen (now that the excitement has worn off) – conversely, I think when all the anti-Twlight hate has simmered down again, some listeners will watch this film and be surprised when they enjoy it.

            • Darn you ben your so reasonable and gentlemanly.

              • Ha! No, I mean, it’s all subjective. I’m just trying to share my reasoning – doesn’t mean I have a valid argument!

  5. 1 – Breaking Dawn
    2 – Rise of The Guardians
    3 – Skyfall
    4 – Life of Pi
    5 – Red Dawn
    10 – Taken 2

  6. Out of curiosity, why did you choose to review Twilight? Did someone lose a bet?

    • Because Twilight would be fun to talk about. Lincoln would have been interesting but less entertaining to listen to – especially with Marcus guesting.

    • There’s more fun to be had discussing Twilight, but it’s also the biggest movie in the world this weekend.

  7. Fun podcast! I actually made the same comparison coming out of the theater after seeing Breaking Dawn 2. It felt like it turned into some crazy superhero movie with all these X-Men type powers and action scenes. Ben’s review, as well as the other podcaster’s thoughts, were spot on. It was just entertaining to watch and wasn’t something I expected. And like the podcast mentioned, I was surprised at the emotion a few scenes sparked like with the some of the brutal death scenes. I didn’t have an emotional investment with any characters so it was weird that it could still make you feel shocked at a few scenes. So yeah, wasn’t expecting it to be as entertaining as it was when compared to the other entries in the franchise, but I think going in with low expectations certainly helped haha.

    And on another note I’m pretty excited for the Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell movies to get off the ground. I think when studios realize how great a video game movie can be when faithfully adapted, they’re going to be much more willing to give control to the creators. There’s so many games out there with great stories to tell and would look mind blowing on screen. Hopefully if Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell are successful we’ll see studios ease up on their control and let quality adaptions get made by the people who actually know what the hell they’re doing.

    • Boogoo –

      Thanks for the kind words. Glad your feelings were similar and, yah, I’m sure my own low expectations played a role in my overall enjoyment.

    • Thanks for the comment, boogoo, I’m with you on the video games.

  8. Box office battle

    1 twilight breaking dawn part 2
    2. Rise of the guardians
    3. Skyfall
    4. Red dawn
    5. Life of pi
    10. Pitch perfect

  9. 1. Breakind Dawn
    2. Skyfall
    3. Rise of the guardians
    4. Life of Pi
    5. Red Dawn
    10. Taken 2

    • Assassin’s Creed is definitely the one I’m most interested in. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays one out. Halo too, I really enjoyed the “Forward Unto Dawn” web series – by the final two episodes, it was pretty epic.

    • Give it time, friend.

      I promise I’ll have plenty of Marvel news to share in the near future :)

  10. 1 Breaking Dawn Part 2
    2 Skyfall
    3 Rise Of The Guardians
    4 Life Of Pi
    5 Red Dawn

    10 Pitch Perfect


    • I’m in!

      • Perfect!
        Bear with me I came up with these on the top of my head just now! haha Just a idea :)
        Chris Evans to play Baird
        Ron Perlman to play Marcus
        Terry Crews to play Cole
        Amaury Nolasco to play Dom

        I really hope they come out with a movie sometime!

  12. I thought the review of Breaking Dawn 2 was very fair. It’s my second favorite behind Eclipse.

    I was a huge fan of the Saw movies, but I felt that the final one was not very good. It looked like they put 2 movies into 1.

  13. 1 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
    2 Life of Pi
    3 Rise of the Guardians
    4 Skyfall
    5 Silver Linings Playbook
    10 Argo

    3. Life OF PI
    4. SKYFALL
    5. LINCOLN

  15. 10 ARGO