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Times of India
Scientist/ engineer Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) tries to escape from the Galactic Empire when Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) leaves him no choice but to complete work on the Death Star – a space station capable of destroying entire planets in one swift stroke. Years later, his daughter Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) sets out to redeem him, with the help of a rag tag groups of Rebels in the latest cinematic entry to the ‘Star Wars’ series.
Three sequels and three prequels later, 1977’s ‘Star Wars IV – A New Hope’ continues to influence a vast number of sci-fi stories and filmmakers of various genres. It has also been critically analysed and dissected, revealing some glaring flaws over the years. ‘Rogue One’ exists solely to answer one of these apparent plot holes, but surprisingly pulls together an exciting adventure for new viewers combined with ample cameos by familiar faces for die-hard fans.
This is made possible by the strong story penned by John Knoll and Gary Whitta along with an equally impressive screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. The new characters played by a multi-racial cast put in overall respectable performances – Felicity Jones does her rebellious best as the female lead protagonist, while Deigo Luna's turn as Cassian Andor tries to be very un-Han Solo-like. The true scene-stealers come in the form of the lovably sarcastic droid K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) and Donnie Yen’s blind samurai Chirrut Imwe. Strong supporting performances by the reliable Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed and particularly Ben Mendelsohn as the ambitiously evil Death Star Director round off this ensemble along with some returning characters. Film Director Gareth Edwards excels at putting together massive set pieces with relentless action, especially during the final battle between the Rebels and the Empire. However, he tends to slightly falter during some of the dramatic sequences and while this doesn’t undermine the movie’s overall impact, it holds 'Rogue One' back from reaching great emotional beats.
The massive ‘Star Wars’ universe has enough on and off-screen content for fans to chew on, so this prequel/ sequel feels unnecessary at first. Sitting between the 3rd and 4th titles of the series, 'Rogue One' manages to undo some of the glaring issues of episodes I to III, while building even more intrigue for the original trilogy IV, V & VI. In fact, it is now a great starting point for someone new to this franchise. To quote one of the familiar lines from this space opera – “the Force is strong with this one”!
This film is set before the events of 'Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope' (1977) and five years after 'Star Wars Rebels' (2014).
The Rebel base at Yavin IV features several full sized card board cut-outs of X-Wings and Y-Wing fighters, using the same technique of filling out the hangar as in the original 'Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope' (1977).
Costume designer David Crossman revealed that some of the original costumes used in 'Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope' (1977), 'Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back' (1980) and 'Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi' (1983) were used in 'Rogue One' (2016).
The idea for this film came from ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll. He received a story credit and served as an executive producer of the film.
Aaron Paul, Edgar Ramírez and Sam Claflin were once considered for the male lead role.
The film starts with a young Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) witnessing the murder of her mother and abduction of her father Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), the brilliant scientist and engineer behind the plans for the Empireâs powerful new weapon, called a 'Death Star' by the hands of Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn). Jyn manages to escape into hiding only to be found by extremist anti-Empire warrior, Saw Gerrara (Forest Whitaker).
20 years later, Jyn is seen locked up in an Imperial jail. A Rebel operative Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) finds out that an imperial pilot Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) has defected to the Rebel Alliance with important information. Rook surrenders himself to one of Saw Gerraraâs goons, who takes him to Saw's hideout where he relays the message. While getting rescued by the rebel force, Jyn tries to escape only to be stopped by a reprogrammed Imperial droid K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), who takes her to the rebellion headquarters. Jyn discovers that her father has sent a message to Saw Gerrera through the defected imperial pilot and she needs to intercept it as Saw had a fallout with the rebellion and wouldnât hand over the message to them easily.
While leaving for Saw Gerreraâs hideout, Cassian receives a Rebel order to assassinate Galen Erso on sight. Soon after Cassian, Jyn and K-2SO land on Jedha in their hunt for Gerrera, they get involved in an ambush of Imperial Forces by Sawâs extremist group. While fighting for their lives, Jyn and Cassian encounter Chirrut Ãmwe (Donnie Yen) and Baze Malbus (Wen Jiang) a couple of clerics from a destroyed temple protecting Kaiburr crystals, a valuable source of energy. The Empire has been mining these crystals from Jedha to power the Death Star space station. After fending off an attack from the Imperial forces, Jyn and the group get captured by Saw Gerraraâs goons and are thrown into their barracks. Here, Jyn confronts Saw for deserting her and leaving her behind to fend for herself as a young girl. Saw convinces her that he did so only because he believed she needed to stay hidden from the Empire's gaze. He then tells her the message delivered by the pilot is from her father. Jyn and Saw watch the holographic message where Galen tells them that he was responsible for the delays in the construction of the Death Star. He explains that he intentionally left a weakness, which can be exploited to bring down the space station with a well-placed missile attack. As theyâre going through the message, Director Orson Krennic, commences to test the Death Star on the city of Jedha. Jyn and the team manage to escape thanks to Cassian and K-2SOâs ship who rescues them just as the city is being turned on its head. Gerrera chooses to stay behind, thus getting destroyed along with the city.
Meanwhile Director Krennic is told by Grand Moff Tarkin that Galen Erso had leaked the Death Star schematics to the rebellion forces via the defected pilot. Director Krennic decides to handle the situation himself by paying Galen a visit. Cassian along with the rest of the group crash land near the imperial Base where Galen Erso is stationed. Cassian and Bodhi venture out to find an Imperial spaceship they can use to escape, as their ship is irreparably damaged in the crash. Chirrut senses something is amiss, making Jyn anxious about her fatherâs well-being. She tries to catch up with Cassian and Bodhi, but when she sees her father at the Imperial base being threatened by Krennic, she chooses to protect him herself. Meanwhile, Cassian sets up to take a sniper shot and kill Galen Erso. However, he hesitates and is unable to execute the order. The Rebellion forces learn that Cassianâs ship has crashed and since they are cannot get in touch with them, the commander sends in a squadron to assassinate Galen Erso and finish the mission. While Krennic is confronting Galen Erso, he is stopped by Jyn and the attacking rebellion forces. In the crossfire, Galen Erso gets hit with a rebellion torpedo blast. As Krennic escapes, Jyn manages to see her father one last time before he succumbs to his wounds.
Director Krennic visits Lord Darth Vader to update him on the progress of the Death Starâs construction, and tries to assert his position within the Empire. Darth Vader uses his force choke, warning him to not to âchoke on his aspirationsâ and he better get the situation under control. Krennic decides to get all the transmissions sent by Galen from the Scarif base.
Devastated, Jyn returns to the rebel base at the headquarters where the commanders argue over the authenticity of Galenâs message and whether to disperse their troops or to stand and fight. Jyn tries to convince them to join forces and attack the Scarif base to retrieve the Death Star plans but the commanders cannot put their trust in her as sheâs the daughter of a âcriminalâ leader. Jyn storms out of the headquarters, only to find Cassian waiting for her along with few rebellion soldiers who are ready to strike the base with or without the permission of the commanders. So, Jyn along with Cassian, Bodhi, K-2SO, Chirrut, Baze and the rest of the soldiers board the stolen imperial spaceship and give it the call sign âRogue Oneâ. They head to the Imperial base to retrieve the plans of the Death Star.
The moment Jyn and the team land at Scarif, they manage to intercept the landing party. Jyn along with Cassian and K-2SO disguise themselves in Imperial force uniforms. Chirrut and Baze along with the rest of the soldiers create a distraction for them to infiltrate the Scarif base without getting detected. Bodhi tries to set up a signal strong enough for the rebellion forces to receive the transmission. As the battle commences, the Rebel base receives word of the attack. The Rebel commanders realize itâs Jyn and decide to deploy their troops to support them. The trio manages to reach the tower where all the data is stored on hard disks. K-2SO manages to track down the location of the Death Star disk, but they also get discovered in the bargain. Jyn and Cassian need to physically retrieve the disk by climbing the tower, as K-2SO stays behind to defend them. The Imperial forces manage to damage the droid enough to shut him down. Director Krennic who is already on the base, realizes that the Death Star plans are at risk and sets out to stop the Rebels himself.
He encounters Jyn and Cassian as they are scaling the together, wounding Cassian enough for him to fall below. Meanwhile, Chirrut & Baze are tasked with deactivating a shield to allow the transmission of data out of the base. Bodhi establishes the signal connection but is blown apart by an Imperial grenade blast. Being flanked by Imperial troops, Chirrut summons the power of the Force and manages to single handedly flip the switch but is killed in the bargain. Baze kill several troops before he himself is shot. As the shield is deactivated, the Rebel forces can now enter the base. Jyn reaches the top of the tower where the antenna needs to be aligned to transmit the data to the Rebel alliance. As sheâs doing so, Krennic also reaches the top and begins firing at her just as sheâs about to activate the transmission. At gunpoint, Jyn revels her identity as Galenâs daughter and Krennic is about to pull the trigger when Cassian appears, to fatally wound him. However, the Death Star itself appears at the base under Grand Moff Tarkinâs orders to take out the Rebel troops and prevent the plans leaving the base. Jyn manages to transmit the data to a Rebel ship just as the Death Star fires at Scarif. The wounded Jyn and Cassian manage to help each other to a beach nearby as the Death Starâs destructive wave sweeps them away.
The remaining rebel ships are intercepted by the Imperial starships and the ship having the plans is boarded by Darth Vader who swiftly kills the Rebel troops using his light saber and the power of the Force. However, the troops manage to pass on the data to Princess Leia, thereby connecting the film to the events of âStar Wars Episode IV: A New Hopeâ.
Another Star Wars movie. Another epic movie. A lot better than Star Trek movies.
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