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with Andrew Johnson, Monis Rose and J. Brad Staal

December 16th, 2016

x"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

Did you ever wonder how Princess Leia got the plans for the Death Star? This film is the exciting, action packed set-up for "Star Wars Episode IV, a New Hope." Rogue One slips neatly between Episodes Three and Four,takingplace shortly before the latter and connectingthe dots between events we are familiar with.

When Galen Erso (Mades Mikkelsen) is forceably taken by Imperial soldiers under command of new baddie Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) and forced to design a super battle station capable of destroying a whole planet, i.e.:The Death Star" his daughter Jyn (Felicity Jones), a teenage outlaw, becomes a vital part of the rebellion's efforts to thwart the Galactic Empiure's u;ltimate weapon project. The team assembled by Mon Mothma ( Genevieve O'Reilly) is called Rogue One and their mission is to steal the plans to the battle station, if possible rescue Galen, and prevent the reign of terror planned by the project manager, Grand Moff Tarkin ( Peter Cushing (CGI) and his henchman Darth Vader (James Earl Jones).

The core of the plot is a caper film, a heist of the item that becomes the MacGuffin of the fourth episode of the Star Wars saga by out manned and out gunned rebels akin to the French Resistence in 1940. Considert the events in the Middle East and you have the early days of the rebellion against the Galactic Empire and the efforts of the Imperial forces to crush resistance. It's very esasy to relate to the characters and their plight. This is backed up by a hard hitting score by Michael Giacchino much different inmany ways form John Williams thematic scores.

The Players:

The Filmmakers
Directed by
Screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy
Released by Lucasfilm and Disney


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