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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4
Movie Review by David Blackwell

124 minutes, rated PG-13
STUDIO:  Warner Bros. Pictures/ Alcon Entertainment
Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  2-14-2013
Ethan Wait has been dreaming about a woman he has never met and he knows he is in love with her.  It is start of Junior year for Ethan in the very Christian town of Gatlin, South Carolina.  A new girl named Lena Duchannes joins the high school and she is the niece of rich recluse Macon Ravenwood.  Strange things start to happen in Gatlin and soon the town turns against Lena, but it is all part of an effort by a dark Caster named Sarafine to get Lena turn to the dark instead of the light when the Claiming comes when she turns 16 and it will be decided what type of Caster she will be.  Lena and Ethan fall in love and they learn of the curse which they must find a way to break to help prevent Lena to turn to the dark.

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is an enjoyable and sometimes plodding supernatural romance that has characters who are more emotionally available than the characters in TWILIGHT ever did.  The movie is told mostly through the eyes of Ethan as you learn how fragile teenage love can be.  I relate to the characters in the movie more than say TWILIGHT where characters either brood, get angry, whine, or be emotionless.   The casting is spot on for all of the characters and the Southern US setting is another character and Jeremy Irons adds a sense of class to the movie as the eccentric (and overprotective) Macon Ravenwood.   Macon wants to protect Lena while he knows what cost she may have to pay to be a Caster of the Light.  

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES works for the most part due to the chemistry between the actors and the story, but sometimes it threatens to get lost in trying to execute the story and screech to a halt.  I definitely want to watch a sequel and I might go read the novels.

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