The critics have labelled it slow, bloated and joyless. The Guardian’s own Peter Bradshaw described it as an ”emo-operetta” that ”sweeps us away on a riptide of mawkish euphoria”. Yet it transpires that the latest Twilight picture may possess a power that was somehow missed by its early detractors. It is now being blamed for triggering epileptic seizures in filmgoers across America.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 charts the fraught pregnancy of young Bella Swan (played by Kristen Stewart), who is carrying the child of her vampire husband. Medical experts have suggested that the birthing scene’s strobing red, white and black imagery may have triggered episodes of photosensitive epilepsy.
”It’s like a light going off because it hits your brain all at once,” Dr Michael G Chez told CBS Sacramento. ”The trouble with theatres is that they’re so dark, the light flashing in there is more like a strobe light.”
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