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Rogue One - A Star Wars Story: The Force isn't really with it

 

By Damon Smith

The Galactic Empire begins construction of a new superweapon under the command of research director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn). From Rebel Alliance headquarters on Yavin 4, Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) and other council members hastily prepare a response.

They dispatch Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and a reprogrammed enforcer droid, K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), to rescue Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) from an Imperial labour camp on Wobani, knowing she can lead them to her estranged father, Galen (Mads Mikkelsen), one of the architects of the Death Star.

Together, Jyn and Cassian must steal design schematics to the ‘planet killer’ from a heavily fortified complex on Scarif, aided by blind assassin Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen), his gun-toting protector Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) and Imperial pilot defector Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed).

Rogue One is a rollicking, action-packed romp that dovetails neatly into the sprawling Star Wars universe, although The Force isn’t perpetually strong as a disappointingly linear plot occasionally clunks and grinds like an AT-AT combat walker with a rusty knee joint.

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