by Nicholas Runyon – Staff Reporter
“It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Pursued by the Empire’s sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy….” this is the “opening crawl” from “Star Wars Episode IV a new Hope” a perfect summary of “Rouge One: A Star Wars Story”.
“Rouge One” is a standalone Star Wars movie taking place almost exactly before episode IV a new hope. (the last scene of Rouge One is inside the rebel ship with the rebels preparing for Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers to board, “A New Hope” opens with a Rebel ship being boarded by Darth Vader, and Stormtroopers).
Felicity Jones plays the lead role of Jyn Erso, a thief who is broken out of a prison camp by the Rebel Alliance and led to believe that she is being sent to rescue her father (Mads Mikkelsen), one of the architects of the Empire’s secret Death Star. She then meets Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), who travels as Jyn’s handler and pilot, with a reprogrammed enemy droid: K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), who provides some comic relief. Eventually, they are joined by the Imperial defector Bodhi (Riz Ahmed), the blind monk Chirrut (Donnie Yen), his heavily armed and armored buddy Baze (Jiang Wen), and, later, by a squad of Rebel soldiers to retrieve the plans to the Death Star.
Many people complained that this movie didn’t have the iconic “opening Crawl” like all of the other Star Wars Movies Before it. The reason is because Rouge One is not a “Star Wars Movie” its not Episode III.5 it is named “Rouge One: A Star Wars STORY”, meaning it doesn’t fall into the I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII continuous story it is a spin-off taking place in the same universe but not actually a part of the ongoing series.
The actual title of this movie should have been; The Real Suicide Squad, because every one of the main characters were sent on this suicide mission to get the plans to the Death Star. During the course of the movie, every named character original to the film dies, which explains why we never saw any of them in episodes IV, V, and VI. killed by blaster fire, blown away by explosives, buried in debris, vaporized by the Death Star. The ending is one of the strongest points of the film; with the heroes dead, we see nameless Rebel soldiers scramble to complete the mission, cut down one by one by Darth Vader’s lightsaber.
The movie also cleared up one of the biggest plot holes from the original movies. Mads Mikkelsen’s character Galen Erso knows that the Empire will build a super-weapon with or without his help, so he surrenders the last 15 years of his life to work for the people he hates most, but he secretly creates a tiny weak spot in the Death Star: the tiny exhaust port that Luke Skywalker will hit with proton torpedoes in “Episode IV A New Hope.”
The movie ends with Princess Leia Organa Obtaining the plans to the Death Star, leading into “A New Hope” where she hides the plans in R2-D2 when Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers attack