Join the Rebellion in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Post date: Dec 20, 2016 12:38:18 PM

By: Robby Timmler, Staff Writer

Posted December 20th, 2016

Rogue One is the story of Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones), daughter to Garlen Erso (played by Mads Mikkelsen), a former science officer of the Empire that worked on a secret project called the Death Star, that can destroy entire planets in one shot. This immoral weapon is what caused Garlen to leave the Empire, only to be brought back by Imperial General Orson Krennic (played by Ben Mendelsohn) to finish the project. Garlen knew that Krennic was coming for him however, and hid Jyn away until she could be picked up by Saw Gerrera (played by Forrest Whitaker), who raised Jyn until she’s sixteen. The film then flashes forward several years. Jyn, now imprisoned by the Empire is rescued by the Rebel Alliance, who intend to use Jyn to help them get more information about her father and what the Empire is building. More information is found on the Empire’s secret weapon when Bodhi Rook (played by Riz Ahmed) a former Imperial pilot comes to the Alliance with a message from Garlen Erso, saying that there’s a weakness to the Death Star that can be found on the plans. Jyn, Bodhi, Cassian Andor (played by Diego Luna), battle droid K-2SO (played by Alan Tudyk), along with freedom fighters Chirrut Îmwe, who is blind (played by Donnie Yun), and Baze Malbus (played by Wen Jiang) head into the heart of enemy territory to steal the plans and deliver them to the Rebellion.

The special effects, the action scenes, and acting is the core of Rogue One. The mix of CGI (Computer Generated Images) and practical effects blend in together perfectly and compliment each other perfectly. The special effects also help in the huge action scenes, for example, when the Rebels are getting the plans from an Empire base that houses all plans of the Empire. The action scenes also work because of the great acting from Felicity Jones as Jyn, who shows the many layers of Jyn through her actions and emotions. The big problem that makes Rogue One good, but not great, is how some of the characters are underdeveloped and lack a backstory that made characters like Rey (Star Wars, Episode 7: The Force Awakens) extremely relatable. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gets 4/5 stars.