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Rouge 1

Jonathan Hinshaw - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Just saw the very well advertised Rouge 1, starring Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spiderman, Inferno), Diego Luna (The Terminal, Elysium), Alan Tudyk (I, Robot, Serenty), Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ the Butler, Arrival), Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Doctor Strange), and Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue, Strar Wars: Episode II). 

Movie is set in the very beginning of the Star Wars series, before we are introduced to Luke or Princess Lei or even Darth Vader.  This movie starts with Mads and his family living on a remote planet, they get visited by an Imperial Senator who asks him to return to help finish work on a massive weapon (Death Star), that can wipe out an entire planet.  Mads tells him no, they tell him he is coming with them anyway.  His daughter is Jyn, who shows up later as a Imperial prisoner, a rebellion soldier and criminal. 

We flash forward a dozen years, Jyn played by Felicity is busted out by the rebellion soldiers, they tell her she has to help get the blueprints of the Death Star, to see what they are up against.  She has am ally in Forest, who plays a rebellion leader who lost both legs in the war against the Imperial forces.  They soon find they are under attack, Jyn connects up with Diego and a droid voiced by Tudyk, flee in an X wing fighter.  One opportunity may be that Diego may actually not be that good a friend after all, he may be a traitor.    

While they are on the run, the Imperial forces are still working on the Death Star, and now have it functional, destroying a huge portion of the planet Jyn was on.  So Jyn’s dad was successful after all.  Turns out he leaves a trap in the weapon, up to Jyn to grab the blueprints and try to find it.  Luna and Jyn go in on a full-on attack on the weapon, the Imperial forces right behind them.  Lots of Star Wars type explosions, very little light saber action.  In fact, it is only near the end that Darth even shows up. 

So this sets up the original Star Wars movie, and all of the ones to follow.  It was good, but in my opinion not great.  Maybe we have been numbed by the other 8 in the series, expecting too much.  Felt like the characters were not fully developed, the last movie was better, with a old Harrison Ford reprising his role and relationship with Princess Leia.  Some things that are unusual, no scrolling text at the opening, not one mention of “Skywalker” in this one, not one Jedi, and they put names on the planets as we moved from one to the other.   

We did see R2-D2 and C-3PO in a brief cameo, as well as Pricess Leia, although I am confident she has had some work done.  Or a computer generated character.  We liked it, just felt a little disappointed.  We’ll go with 3 light sabers. 

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