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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a rumble in the space jungle

By Damon Smith

The Galactic Empire begins construction of a new superweapon under the command of research director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn).

If this behemoth, powered by the same Khyber crystals as lightsabers, becomes fully operational, the Imperial Military will crush all resistance.

From the Rebel Alliance headquarters on Yavin 4, Mon Mothma (Genevieve O'Reilly) and other council members hastily prepare a response. They despatch 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.

Meanwhile, Orson prepares a test of his 'planet killer' to impress the Emperor and Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones).

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a bombastic and frequently bruising rumble in the space jungle that lays bare the harsh realities of conflict for the emotionally scarred warriors on the ground.

Jones is a plucky heroine, issuing the film's central battle cry built on the unswerving belief that "rebellions are built on hope".

Snowden opens with Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo) and journalist Glenn Greenwald (Zachary Quinto) meeting Edward (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in Hong Kong.

Four stars

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