Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Friday, 10 April 2020

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Science fiction violence.

  • The pitch:

    Trust the force.

  • Starring:

    Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk (voice), Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen, Jimmy Smits, James Earl Jones (voice)

  • Directed by:

    Gareth Edwards

  • Running time:

    134 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are shot, hooded, chained, imprisoned, kicked, punched, hit with objects, thrown to the ground, blasted through the air, slapped, roundhouse kicked, flipped over, grabbed, pushed, crushed by falling debris, choked. Characters dangle precariously, fall from high ledges. Explosions, grenades thrown. Air/space battles, tanks. Planets exploded, buildings/cliffs collapse. Aircraft downed/rammed. Burning aircraft/trees/AT-ATs/objects. Theft. Arguing, yelling. Aggravated assault, resisting arrest, war zone, super-weapon, suicide pact, spies, assassins mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody foreheads, eyebrows, noses, head, face, hair, cuts, arm. Oxygen mask, milky/blind eyes. Scars.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Man in steam room (full nudity implied). Hand-holding, hugging.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    None.

  • LANGUAGE:

    What the..? Name-calling (liar, troublesome, crazy, defector, hostile, dreamers, fool, traitor, etc). Religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Star Wars, betrayal, rescue, trust, hope, the Death Star, data transmissions, evil, hidden secrets, hologram messages, the Rebellion, father-daughter relationships, brilliant scientists, sacrifice, smugglers.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead wife/mother, dead husband, dead friends, estranged father. Prison settings. Creatures with leathery skin, tentacles, enlarged heads/eyes/noses, fur, etc. Thunder. Brief subtitles.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Action-packed, engaging, entertaining, rough, rugged, intimate, spectacular, dark, earnest, crowdpleasing, sleek, witty, exhilarating, good-natured, enjoyable, energetic, fresh, aggressive, triumphant. Gigantic/ballsy/triumphant/thundering/surprisng third act, distinctive production/costume design, several breath-stopping sequences, wondrous CGI, stunning locations, solid score, crammed with cameos/callbacks, eerie/jaw-dropping/creepy/spooky digital resurrection of beloved characters, delicious/hissable/booable/villainous/pleasingly unpleasant performance by Ben Mendelsohn, spirited/intense/game performance by Felicity Jones, scene-stealing sidekick excellently voiced by Alan Tudyk, earth-ripping set pieces, brisk editing, crackling script, diverse/eclectic cast.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Melodramatic, safe, frustrating, parasitic, forced. Mostly forgettable characters, multi-branched/muddled/choppy/clunky/overstuffed/suffocating first act, uneven/turgid middle section, underdeveloped characters, expository dialogue.

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