Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Rogue One draws deep on Star Wars mythology while breaking new narrative and aesthetic ground -- and suggesting a bright blockbuster future for the franchise.

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From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

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Cast

Diego Luna
as Captain Cassian Andor
Mads Mikkelsen
as Galen Erso
Ben Mendelsohn
as Director Orson Krennic
Donnie Yen
as Chirrut Imwe
Forest Whitaker
as Saw Gerrera
Jiang Wen
as Baze Malbus
Riz Ahmed
as Bodhi Rook
Jimmy Smits
as Bail Organa
Alistair Petrie
as General Draven
Ben Daniels
as General Merrick
Paul Kasey
as Admiral Raddus
Stephen Stanton
as Admiral Raddus
Ian McElhinney
as General Dodonna
Fares Fares
as Senator Vaspar
Jonathan Aris
as Senator Jebel
James Earl Jones
as Darth Vader
Valene Kane
as Lyra Erso
Beau Gadson
as Young Jyn
Dolly Gadson
as Younger Jyn
Duncan Pow
as Sergeant Melshi
Jordan Stephens
as Corporal Tonc
Babou Ceesay
as Lieutenant Sefla
Aidan Cook
as Two Tubes
Andy de la Tour
as General Hurst Romodi
Tony Pitts
as Captain Pterro
Eric MacLennon
as Rebel Techs
Eric MacLennan
as Rebel Techs
Robin Pearce
as Rebel Tech
Francis Magee
as Grizzly Rebel
Bronson Webb
as Rebel MP
Geraldine James
as Blue Three
Ariyon Bakare
as Blue Four
Simon Farnaby
as Blue Five
Drewe Henley
as Red Leader
Angus MacInnes
as Gold Leader
Richard Glover
as Red Twelve
Toby Hefferman
as Blue Eight
Richard Cunningham
as General Ramda
Jack Roth (IV)
as Lieutenant Adema
Michael Gould
as Admiral Gorin
Rufus Wright
as Lieutenant Casido
Michael Shaeffer
as General Corssin
Geoff Bell
as 2nd Lieutenant Frobb
James Harkness
as Private Basteren
Matt Rippy
as Corporal Rostok
Michael Nardone
as Shield Gate Officer
Nathan Plant
as Imperial Guard Droid
Christopher Patrick Nolan
as Alderaanian Guard
Warwick Davis
as Weeteef Cyubee
Ruth Bell
as Jedha Server
May Bell
as Jedha Server
Angus Wright
as Hammerhead Captain
Alan Rushton
as Engineer
Robert Benedetti
as Hall-Engineer
Weston Gavin
as Engineer
Nick Hobbs
as Engineer
Spencer Wilding
as Darth Vader
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Critic Reviews for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

All Critics (431) | Top Critics (62) | Fresh (360) | Rotten (71)

  • Rogue One is largely free of the weight of myth and expectation that were borne by The Force Awakens, and this turns out to be both a good and a bad thing.

    Dec 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Not just a dull but an oppressive experience, being force-fed a corporate product: a film that never comes alive, with none of the characters properly developed, none of the relationships gelling, the very adventure formulaic.

    Dec 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Its characters are largely new, which means the movie can do with them as it wants. It isn't hemmed in the way most prequels are.

    Dec 16, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Sam Adams

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • With all the aerial dogfights, armored combat vehicles, grenades, flame-throwers and snipers, Rogue One feels like a film for those who think that most Star Wars movies are insufficiently like World War II flicks.

    Dec 16, 2016 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR
    Top Critic
  • The good news is that Edwards' effort to make a storm-the-beach war film produces a tense third act that earns most of its big moments and also justifies much of what's come before.

    Dec 15, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A a tense, well-made spacefaring war movie about a desperate and demoralized band of insurgents standing up against a rising authoritarian regime.

    Dec 15, 2016 | Full Review…

    Chris Klimek

    NPR
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • Jun 15, 2018
    A Rogue agent in all of the right ways, this superb Star Wars Story might have much of the franchise's storied mythology running through its DNA but its edgy design and execution speaks of a bold and exciting jump into a new hyperspace for the historic series. In this PG-13-rated sci-fi adventure, the daughter (Felicity Jones) of an Imperial scientist (Mads Mikkelsen) joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the Death Star plans. Part sci-fi flick, part sequel, part war movie, part prequel, and part character-driven adventure, Rogue One is many things to many moviegoers but the whole package proves quite entertaining, able to satisfy new fans while pacifying most long-time diehards save for the true curmudgeons. As the central plot involves the blueprint for the Death Star, a key plotpoint in the first act of Star Wars Episode IV from 1977, it's not spoilerish to say that the franchise's latest entry leads right up into that very same flick. It shares much with that vaunted classic, including characters (some beloved, some minor) and interlinking storylines (some kickass, some Easter egged). In fact, it even spackles (fearing a deadly backlash, the words "improve upon" will be avoided) certain plotholes from the original trilogy and provides audiences with a throughline to the second trilogy. This intermingling of past, present, and future gets done exceedingly well, especially considering these strands never sacrifice the crackerjack standalone story at the movie's center. Set during Imperial-Rebel wartime, this is a Beings-on-a-Mission film involving a disparate group of humanoids, aliens and one hilariously sarcastic droid (think: The Darth-y Dozen). Though it's a one-off, it never feels completely foreign from what's come before. In fact, because it bridges generations so well, it feels rather organic. Where Rogue One smartly diverges from the trilogies, however, is in regards to presentation. The famous scroll at the outset of all preceding chapters gets nixed, as do the wipes and dissolves that were nods to the Golden Age of H'Wood that spawned the Buck Rogers serials which in turn inspired Star Wars. At this juncture, audiences know that everything old is new again (they're seeing a companion piece to a 40+ year-old iconic film that digitally recreates the late Peter Cushing, for Chrissakes) and they don't need to look into the past any more than they improbably have. To this end, director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) uses a decent amount of hand-held in incorporating an overall grittier style than the franchise has ever seen. Working from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, screenwriters Chris Weitz (About a Boy) and Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) weave in a roster of fascinating characters that don't get short-changed by the action and excitement around them. Though Jones's Jyn Erso makes a fantastically solid lead, everybody stands and delivers. Forest Whitaker, for example, gives an intriguing turn as Saw Gerrera, a character first introduced in the animated Star Wars TV spin-off series, The Clone Wars. Again, we get the mixing of old and new, with the new being a very fresh performance. Perhaps, more than any film in the franchise since Episode IV, Rogue One refreshingly interjects more Eastern philosophy into the fray through the characters of Chirrut Îmwe (a blind warrior who puts faith in the Force to hone and guide his hands, played by Donnie Yen) as well as Baze Malbus (a mercenary who was once the protector of a sacred temple, played by Wen Jiang). They also provide a great deal of humorous moments, which the often deathly serious film uses to its full advantage. Indeed, the entire package is an even mix--tone, genre, casting, and style...not unlike a certain landmark film 41 years ago in a galaxy far far away. To Sum It All Up: One for the Ages
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2017
    I know I've gone through this the last several times I've reviewed movies released under their umbrella, but I hate Disney. I really do. And I mean I hate Disney the corporation. I hate the fact that they know own Marvel and their entire catalog of heroes, Star Wars and Pixar. It's good for film nerds, but I think it sort of stifles creativity when everything you make has to meet the Disney seal of approval. That's why I'm hoping that Marvel never gets the rights to Deadpool back from 20th Century Fox. If Marvel gets Deadpool's film rights, the entire thing will be a toned down PG-13 version of the same character we've grown to love. And I would absolutely hate that. There's some gleefully violent and profane about Deadpool that adhering to a strict PG-13 rating (as Disney will demand) will just take what makes Deadpool different from any other superhero away from him. He can still be irreverent and break the fourth wall, but a much more toned down version of that. Having said all of that, what they have done with the Star Wars franchise so far has, actually, been really fucking cool. The Force Awakens was the perfect mix of old and new and it brought the franchise back with a bang. I also love the idea of one-off stories like this, telling a side story featuring different characters, but set in the same gigantic universe. The reason I like this idea is because of the fact that, quite frankly, you can do absolutely anything you want creatively. Not that you don't have to adhere to the canon of this universe, but you don't have to worry about leaving enough bits and pieces in order for you to make sequel after sequel. It allows you to tell more human stories in a universe that definitely needs them. Hell, you can pretty much kill everyone off, regardless if the characters are beloved or not, because you don't have to worry about continuing with the story. And ***SPOILERS FOR FLIXSTER*** that is exactly what this movie did. I'll be entirely honest with you, ladies and gentlemen, I thought this movie was pretty damn great. I even thought that it was better than The Force Awakens. Let me explain what I mean by that. TFA was the re-boot of the franchise. It combined new and old elements to make something that felt fresh and exciting again. But it was also a movie that had to set up enough plot points to justify two more sequels. Therefore, to me, I believe that the best is yet to come for the Episode 8 and Episode 9 of the main Star Wars franchise. This movie, on the other hand, there's no real pressure since the story itself is self-contained. And I like how it uses a big 'how the fuck does that make sense' in the original Star Wars trilogy. And that was the destruction of the supposedly indestructible Death Star. This film, quite simply, tells the story of this ragtag group of misfits trying to find the plans for the Death Star's weakness in order to send it to the rebellion for them to destroy it. This group's goal isn't even to destroy the Death Star themselves. While this battle itself is more more scale in the arc of the original trilogy, this group really are the unsung heroes of the entire franchise. They're not nameless or faceless, but they might as well be given the fact that they won't likely receive any of the credit when the Death Star is eventually destroyed and the Empire is finally defeated. The Jedi are the ones who are gonna get all the credit. And I think that's what gives the film its strength. This group goes on this suicide mission not to receive credit for their contributions, but just for their efforts to, maybe, lead to the defeat of the Empire. All of the characters are more than welcome additions to the franchise, if even they're only alive for this lone film. You grow to, pretty much, love all of these misfits. I'm not saying there's an insane amount of character development, but there's more than enough to make you buy into these characters and get a real sense of their personality. The narrative itself doesn't end on a super positive note (everyone literally dies). The Rebellion (and the Empire for that matter) lost the Battle of Scarif, but their sacrifice will lead to better things in the future. So it's a definite bittersweet ending to be sure. The Battle of Scarif is absolutely tremendous. There's so much action going on and it never feels out of control. It's easy to follow and supremely well-edited. I don't know what else to say about the Battle of Scarif. It's just a top-notch chunk of action. If the film has a flaw is the fact that there's some scenes where it just drags. This after the Death Star's destruction of Jedha, but before the Battle of Scarif. It's not so much of an issue, since you're so invested in this world and these characters that they help to overcome some of these issues. The acting is really good all around. The casting is pretty damn great and varied. I don't really know what else I can say about this film? As mentioned, the fact that they killed the entire Rogue One squad gave some added heft and meaning to the action. And it's the sort of story that changes how you view the original trilogy. Perhaps not by much, but it does change it. The thing about these one-off films in the same universe is the fact that you can show that there's real consequences to be faced by your lead characters. They can't just avoid everything all the time like heroes often do. Eventually, they were gonna get themselves stuck in a situation that they couldn't get out of. And that's what this film shows. It does a great job of giving weight and importance to the squad's actions. I don't really have anything else to say, but I thought this was a great movie. It's got a few pacing issues here and there, but those issues hurt less than you might think. Great action, great characters and impressive usage of Star Wars lore makes this an easy recommendation from me. You don't even have to be a Star Wars nerd to like this, though it would certainly help a lot.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2017
    after seeing Rogue One- A Star Wars story, overall i did liked it, even though it was somewhat predictable ... There were certain stand out characters such as Lyn, Cassian and Chirrut (Donnie Yen) yes there is still the familiar than new elements and surroundings. Storm troopers, death star, star fighting jets, etc. Of course Rogue One takes affects before the original New Hope Star Wars of `1977, so of course we have to see the same ole's of old. but in terms of the CGI special effect graphics, the action sequences, the character portrayal role and the dark roles, storylines and climatic ending made it very interesting a good return investment. And the CGI wasn't just the action-parts but bringing in appearances of the late Peter Cushing's role of Grand Moff Tarkin, as well as Princess Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) , the imaging effect was so realistic and well, I was wonder how they were able to accomplished that feat. Oddly there was some critics and controversy of the computer imaging of these characters I liked the music score during film, I wasn't as keen fond of the robot that always wanted to follow Jyn and Cassian around, as other viewers were, no harm, but I could live with or without it. The humor wasn't always there, but for the most part, I liked the speed of to the point of the movie. I thought it had a good start and developing point , It only slowed during the middle, but it picked up again on it's way to a climatic finish. I got a vibe from Jyn as I did for Ryn (Force Awakens) ,as a relentless rebellion freedom fighter - but of course Jyn doesn't have " the force" like Ryn does. I had heard that Rogue one is going to be the first film of a trilogy, I think a lot of traditional hard core Star War fans may have a problem with this film as it does not use, open with the traditional, signature black-screen text at the very beginning of the film such as "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....",and so on to describing the background of the film. Maybe SW fans may grunt about it , but I had no problem with as it feels like a experiencing a different way of viewing a new Star Wars film. Rogue One : A Star Wars story ... On a scale of 1 to 10 ,.. I gave it 7.5
    earl c Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2017
    A technically well-done movie. It has action, humour, really impressive CGI it has everything you could want from a movie. But as a non star wars fan this movie offers little in the way of original narrative, leaving me feel slightly unimpressed by this movie.
    Film C Super Reviewer

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