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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Movie Blurb by Shale
December 16, 2016
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This movie is made for Star Wars fans.  Srsly, if you have not followed the whole series of Star Wars movies from Star Wars IV, the first one in 1977 then don't bother seeing this one because you will be lost.  You will need to know the backstory, especially Star Wars III and IV, where this one fits.  While it is a prequel like I, II, & III I suppose it would be numbered Star Wars 3.5. 
This is the story of the war between the Empire and Rebels when the Death Star was being built.  Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) a reluctant engineer working on the Death Star was in hiding but gets found by Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) the director  of that weapons project who comes for him.  He is taken back to the Death Star but his young daughter Jyn goes into hiding. 
Orson & Galen

Thirteen years later Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) a defecting Imperial pilot tells the Rebellion of the planet destroying weapon.  That is when Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is commandeered into the rebellion to help find her father for details of this weapon.  She is to work with Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) a Rebel Alliance Intelligence officer and his captured and reprogrammed Imperial enforcer droid K-2SO. 
Cassian & Jyn

So, that's the plan and of course to carry it out there will be resistance from the Imperial forces with much death & destruction both in space and on planets/moons.  This is basically a war movie with a little espionage intrigue woven thru it.  Perhaps with the current brutal tragedy in Allepo Syria my mindset is compromised, but I found the war scenes actually disturbing - not the unreal wars of space fiction.
Rebel Fighters Going to Battle

Anyhow, this movie is the prequel to Star Wars IV and so there are Imperial Walkers, huge space cruisers and X-wing craft, with better special effects than previous movies.  With the advent of this CGI technology you will even see Imperial Governor Grand Moff Tarkin aboard the Death Star looking just as Peter Cushing did in 1977.  Of course Darth Vader is more machine than he is human so no prob looking like he did back then.  He still has James Earl Jones voice.   There is a cameo by R2D2 & C3PO.  Probably a lot of little references that I missed that the Nerd Collective will document. 
I really enjoyed the movie, just as 84% of the aggregate critics on Rotten Tomatoes and 90% of audiences.  Their consensus was ""Rogue One draws deep on Star Wars mythology while breaking new narrative and aesthetic ground ..."

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