The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.
Title :Rogue One (2016)
Release : 6 January 2017
Genre :Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Stars :Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the very first Star Wars anthology film, meaning it’s the first Star Wars film to NOT feature the story of the Skywalkers or any of the main characters from Episodes I-VII. Rogue One is of the sci-fi fantasy genre, as one would come to expect from Star Wars, but it also has heavy elements of a war film. It’s directed by Gareth Edwards (2014’s Godzilla) and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, and several others which will later be discussed in detail. It tells the story of a brave group of Rebellion fighters who are trying to steal the plans for the Empire’s newly-completed superweapon: a planet-destroying space station called the Death Star. Central to this story is Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), who is recruited by the Rebel Alliance due to her important ties with her lost father Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) as well as the freedom fighter leader Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker). Jyn is escorted by Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and his partner K2-SO (Alan Tudyk), a re-programmed Imperial droid, to the planet of Jedha in order to unravel the Empire’s terrible secret and recover the precious Death Star plans. What then follows are the events leading up to the original Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope).
For those of you who are confused or wondering where Rey and Kylo Ren are, let’s clear the mist. Rogue One takes place in between Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, and Episode IV: A New Hope. It’s meant to be a standalone film, but also a bridge connecting the classic trilogy to the prequel trilogy. For those who have never watched a Star Wars film, all this is likely to be inconsequential. But without a doubt, the experience of watching Rogue One is all the more enhanced having seen all other Star Wars films in this cinematic universe. This long-winded explanation is proof enough that Rogue One is definitely a ‘risk’. An ‘experiment’ as Disney CEO Bob Iger calls it. In addition to its capacity to confuse audiences over its place in the Star Wars timeline, Rogue One also has to introduce a brand new set of characters right after the introduction of new characters in 2015’s Episode VII – the Force Awakens. Add that to the fact that this is the first Star Wars film not to mention any of the Skywalkers, the first not to feature a lightsaber duel, as well as director Gareth Edwards’ first directorial effort after his divisive Godzilla film, and you get a whole bubbling pot of things that could go wrong with Rogue One. But the Force is strong and flows through each and every living being. Will it guide Rogue One and its band of hopeful rebels to success? Or will it be seduced to the dark side of Star Wars cinema?