The Empire is nearly in full control of the Republic.
They are trying to develop a new weapon that will bring uncooperative planets to their knees but in order to do so Imperial weapons developer Orson Krennic needs the help of Galen Erso, a research scientist who has defected from the Empire in hopes to protect his family. When their location is discovered, Galen is captured, his wife is killed and their daughter, Jyn, manages to escape with the help of Saw Gerrera, a rebel extremist.
Fifteen years later, the Rebel Alliance gets word that the weapon the Empire has been developing is nearly operational. They track down Jyn Erso, hoping her connection to her father and his work as well as her knowledge of Saw Gerrera will aid them in their mission to steal the plans for the weapon in order to destroy it before the Empire has the chance to use it on a single world.
-Genre: Science-Fantasy Spy and Espionage
-Creator: based on the universe created by George Lucas
-Length: 133 minutes
-Rating: PG-13 (moderate violence and gore, moderate frightening and intense scenes)
-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library
-Main Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed
-Page of Reference in RP1: 62
Review (contains spoilers):
So, watching this a second time I had a different reaction than seeing it in theatres. I know that you shouldn’t get attached to characters in situations like this, and that we knew it was a suicide mission to begin with due to where it takes place in the storyline of the Skywalker Saga. This is war and not everyone survives war…but still.
When I came out of the theatre I was really upset. I didn’t like that they created such a diverse and varied cast of incredibly well-written characters to just kill all of them. It seems a waste to me.
That being said this is an incredible Espionage and Spy film set in the universe of Star Wars. Jyn is one of my favorite strong female characters. She is bold and willing to risk her life for the chance to defeat the enemy that took her family from her.
This story added so much depth to what happens right before we meet Princess Leia the first time in A New Hope. Its so nice to see that we are able to fill in gaps in this series that weren’t able to be filled or didn’t necessarily need to be filled when dealing with the main Saga storyline. These films give glimpses into the universe that we otherwise don’t see. We get to discover things like religions associated with the Force that aren’t the Jedi/Sith. We get more worlds and the abilities of droids, smugglers, other species. Even smaller glances into these help to flesh out the world of the Skywalker Saga.
Honestly, save for the end this is one of favorite films in the Star Wars universe.