Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones benefits from an increased emphasis on thrilling action, although they're once again undercut by ponderous plot points and underdeveloped characters.



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The second prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy takes place ten years after the events depicted in Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace. Now 20, young Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is an apprentice to respected Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). Unusually powerful in the Force, Anakin is also impatient, arrogant, and headstrong -- causing his mentor a great deal of concern. The pair are ordered to protect Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman), the former queen of the planet Naboo, now representing her world in the Galactic Senate. Someone is trying to assassinate her on the eve of a vote enabling Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) to build a military force that will safeguard against a growing separatist movement led by mysterious former Jedi Count Dooku (Christopher Lee). After another attempt on Padme's life, Obi-Wan and Anakin separate. The young Jedi and Padme fall in love as he escorts her first to the security of Naboo and then to his home world of Tatooine, where the fate of his mother leads him to commit an ominous atrocity. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan travels to the secretive planet Kamino and the asteroid-ringed world of Geonosis, following bounty hunter Jango Fett (Temuera Morrison) and his son, Boba (Daniel Logan), who are involved in an operation to create a massive army of clones. A vicious battle ensues between the clones and Jedi on one side and Dooku's droids on the other, but who is really pulling the strings in this galactic conflict? In late 2002, the movie was released in IMAX theaters as Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones: The IMAX Experience, with a pared-down running time of 120 minutes in order to meet the technical requirements of the large-screen format. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Hayden Christensen
as Anakin Skywalker
Natalie Portman
as Padmé Amidala
Ewan McGregor
as Obi-Wan Kenobi
Christopher Lee
as Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus
Ian McDiarmid
as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Pernilla August
as Shmi Skywalker
Temuera Morrison
as Jango Fett
Jimmy Smits
as Bail Organa
Ahmed Best
as Jar Jar Binks
Jack Thompson
as Cliegg Lars
Leeanna Walsman
as Zam Wesell
Ron Falk
as Dexter Jettster
Rose Byrne
as Dormé
Jay Lagai'aia
as Captain Typho
Silas Carson
as Nute Gunray
Daniel Logan
as Boba Fett
Graeme Blundell
as Ruwee Naberrie
Ayesha Dharker
as Ayesha Dharker
Matt Doran
as Elan Sleazebaggano
Joel Edgerton
as Owen Lars
Claudia Karvan
as Sola Naberrie
Alethea McGrath
as Jocasta Nu
Trisha Noble
as Jobal Naberrie
Rena Owen
as Taun We
Susie Porter
as Hermione Bagwa
Matt Sloan
as Plo Koon
Steve John Shepherd
as Naboo Lieutenant
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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

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  • His characters, as is now his norm, are plastic puppets, even in the confectionary love scenes. Most of their dialogue is so doughy that it could be spooned into comic-strip balloons. Lucas simply has no interest in these people.

    Apr 11, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The technical wizardry of the action scenes are ultimately more important than the story and reason enough for nonbelievers to see and enjoy the movie.

    Dec 14, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Attack Of The Clones lacks the light heart of the "old" trilogy but this deliberate throwback to matinee movie serials is still fun.

    Nov 16, 2015 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • Allowing for some dull moments, this movie has considerable visual style.

    Nov 16, 2015 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • Lucas' obsession with digital technology has obliterated the saga's last remnants of human purpose and turned his once mesmerizing space opera into a pure, dehumanized cartoon.

    Nov 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • In lieu of a proper climax, Attack Of The Clones ends with a tantalizing cliffhanger for the next episode, but Lucas' lumbering series is presenting fewer and fewer reasons to tune in.

    Nov 16, 2015 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

this movie has some great action sequences to look at and the effects are great and spectacular to see, when i was little i couldn't get enough of the last 45 minutes because its just all out war and fighting with the clones, Jedi, droids, genosians, ships, Sith, weird creatures, its freaking crazy but that's what i love about it, its intense and awesome to watch.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

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Somehow slightly going backwards on things that the first prequel completely failed on, "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" is not is any way a good film. We follow a grown up Anikin Skywalker as he becomes stronger and understands the ways of the force. This is the middle chunk of this story, where we begin to see the dark side of Anikin, and a foreshadow of his soon-to-be future. Again, poorly scripted, sloppy camerawork, and a dumb plot, with great visuals and very entertaining battles sequences. This film still fails in ways that I wish were different, but at least it's fun to laugh at this instalment. In the end, It's nothing special at all and quite frankly, this is arguably the worst in the entire franchise. Just an awful addition to the franchise, even by the prequel standards.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Attack of the Clones, like Phantom, suffers from bad writing and awkward acting. The film improves in its final 15 minutes, however, with engaging action sequences.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer


The Phantom Menace was a film that proved that Star Wars could flub. Big time. As three years clicked by we thought that the next one will be better. The nest one has to be better. Production stills and trailers and merchandise teased us with a film that could capture the feeling of the original saga. It didn't happen. Attack of the Clones is set 10 years after the events of The Phantom Menace. Obi-Wan (Ewan MacGregor) and Anakin (Hayden Christensen) are master and apprentice in the Jedi Order. They've been given the assignment of finding the assassin of Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman). Anakin and Padme fall for each other and there's a battle with these mysterious clones from the title ordered years ago by a thought to be dead Jedi. Just trying to describe the plot is exhausting. There is so much thrown at you that it's like throwing bricks at a ladybug in the front yard. There isn't as much political intrigue as in the last film, but it's been replaced by an enormous collection of CGI collections and over the top situations. By over the top I mean that the odds of all of these events falling into place in one film are a number so large I just don't want to deal with it. Kind of like thinking about the plot. The problem with actually reviewing Attack of the Clones is that I don't know who to blame for the acting. Do I go after the actors themselves or do I attack George Lucas and his feeble attempts at writing dialogue. It is horrendous. It's as course and harsh as the sand Anakin can't shut up about. The scenes where the pair are falling in love are such drivel it hits the brakes on a film where even most of the action sequences can'r save it, as opposed to The Phantom Menace that could pull you back in a little bit. At least Christopher Lee is in it as the antagonist Count Dooku, the only performance worth noting. And maybe Ian McDiarmid. I guess those guys can work thru terrible writing. Attack of the Clones is a bloated film with no real soul to it. It feels like a mass produced item (which it is at this point) playing fan service with a couple of cool scenes and appearances (Jango Fett and Yoda). Otherwise the film is a disappointment. It isn't worse than The Phantom Menace, but it's not better. It's even. The tone has shifted, nut there isn't anything there to hold on to. This film leaves a "meh" feeling because you know that the real payoff is in the next film. Where Empire succeeds as the middle chapter, this film fails at miserably. This film is yet another disappointment and further discredits the franchise it's a part of.

Chris Garman
Chris Garman

Super Reviewer

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