Monday, December 19, 2016

Rouge One: Episode 3.9 of Star Wars series

I saw Rouge One on cinema. This film describes the story followed by Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope.

The heroine in this film is Jyn Erso. She was a daughter of Galen Erso, a military scientist belonged to the Galactic Empire in the past. At the beginning of the story, Galen was captured by the Empire, to be forced to create a lethal weapon: Death Star. Jyn grew up as a rouge. One day, she is notified by the rebellion group that her father is alive at an imperial base. She is willing to meet her father again. At the same time, however, the aim of the rebellion group is to kill Galen with utilizing Jyn to contact him.

Galen tells Jyn the truth.  He had pretended to surrender to the Empire. And he leaked a crucial information regarding the critical flaw of Death Star. After Galen died, Jyn succeeds his will, to resist the imperial ruling. But few people even in the rebellion group believed her words. Jyn goes to the imperial base for the mission of destroying Death Star.

This story gives an explanation to the beginning of Episode 4. Why Princess Leia possessed the design map of Death Star? And why was Death Star destroyed by the rebellion team so easily? (Oh, this question is just a joke. The true answer is that it is a fiction!)

Unfortunately, the last scene is easily predictable, because heroes of Rouge One does not appear in Episode 4. It is a fate of such sequential movie series. Nonetheless, I felt a little disappointed in the finale.

Also, there is little amazing pictures or SFX scene. The audience is accustomed to Episode 4. It seems the director could not propose some new machines or techniques which did not exist the era of Episode 4. Consistency with Episode 4 is so binding that the audience were gotten rid of excitement.

As a result, I saw Rouge One as a digression, not a new episode. It is sorry as an audience expecting new impressions.

In detail, the poor performance of worker management in the Empire was obvious. It is strange why the imperial data center was in the citadel tower which is so conspicuous that it is likely to be a target for terrorists.

It is suggestive that an extremist was described as an ex-ally of the rebellion group. The relationship among the group members seems to be complicated. But this film failed to explain it.

Personal Rating: 2 (poor)

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