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Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

This review will contain spoilers. You have been warned!

Stand alone
Rogue One is a “stand alone” movie that takes place between Star Wars Episode 3 (Revenge of the Sith) and Star Wars Episode 4 (A New Hope). With “stand alone” I mean it’s a movie on itself and not based around the main story line, but the movie has clearly a connection with the other Star Wars movies.

Rogue One
In this episode Jyn Erso and her squadron called Rogue One infiltrates an imperial base to retrieve the only weakness of the Death Star.

The squadron exsist out of 5 people and 1 reprogrammed imperial droid (K-2SO). Jyn Erso the leader of the squadron, Cassian Andor the rebel that never denies an order, Chirrut Imwe the blind spirtual fighter, Baze Malbus the freelance assassin and Bodhi Rook the imperial cargo pilot who turned to the rebels with his information.

The Story
Galen Erso father of Jyn Erso and genius of the construction of the Death Star worked on a plan to make it easy to destroy the Death Star. This because he has no longer faith in the Galactic Empire and their space station.

It’s impossible to get an hold on Galen Erso and the rebellion want to assassinate the man when they have the opportunity. The order has been given to Cassian, and when the times is there he doesn’t kill Galen Erso. This was the first time he denied an order.

Characters
We get alot of background story of Jyn Erso, sadly the start of the movie is very “all over the place”. The creators of the movie tried to do alot in the first few minutes of the movie that it felt overwhelming with information.

Besides Jyn Erso we also learn something about Cassian Andor and see his motives change during the movie, but that’s almost all of the real character development we had in this movie. The rest of the cast sadly didn’t leave a big impression during the movie.

I’m one with the force, the force is with me
Can these stormtroopers hit anything. Maybe Chirrut Imwe is a very strong force user, but the thing that really had my mind meddling was that an entire squad of stormtroopers missed all their shots against a slowly walking Chirrut Imwe. Even if he had some kind of mind trick on the stormtroopers, would it still be impossible for an entire squadron of stormtroopers to miss 1 walking person with no cover?

CGI
Ofcourse the creators needed some old characters to involve them in this story. Not only by calling their name, Tarkin and Princess Leia appear on screen. Sadly they are completely made from CGI. At first I didn’t mind and thought it was brave to try it, but after seeing the CGI characters for 5 times it started to bother me. You cleary can see it’s CGI and it kind of ruins the magic this movie had to give us.

The End?
The movie doesn’t end that well for our Rogue Squadron. The succeed in there mission but all have to face their end. It’s a shame to see them end without really knowing their background story. Because of this they didn’t added anything awesome to the story.

The Dark Side is strong with this one
My favorite part of the movie was the Darth Vader scene. If you already have seen the movie, you know about what scene I’m talking about.

At the end of the movie Darth Vader goes full rampage on the rebel ship, killing alot of rebels while they are trying to get the plans of the Death Star to Princess Leia. The scenes was really well done and gave me chills to see Darth Vader using the force and lightsaber to kill all the rebels.

Rating (out of 5 stars)

I give the Rogue One – A Star Wars Story 3 stars out of 5. The story was ok, it had some pretty cool scenes, but it didn’t leave a wow impression that I expect from Star Wars movies. I didn’t mind the mass murdering of all the main characters, but more character development would be better and if the movie started slower it would also be better. The scenes with Darth Vader were awesome and set a really dark tone to the movie. I hope they don’t use that much real life characters as CGI in the future.

The Shallows

This is my first movie review, so I can maybe a little bit rusty about not knowing if it’s ok to spoil some things or not, but let give The Shallows a go.

The kid
The movies starts with a shot of a helmet with a Go Pro camera attached to it wash ashore and a kid finding the helmet. You would think that this is a very important part of the movie, or atleast it has something to do with the story. Sadly this wasn’t the case. More on that later.

Slow start
The movie starts of slow. Well atleast it does for people who are expectation a thriller. In the first part of the movie we learn a little bit about Nancy (played by Blake Lively, known from movies like The Town). She has lost her mom to cancer. Leaving her, with her father and sister. She dropped out of medical school, because she lost faith in it after losing her mother. She clearly states that not everyone can be saved.

Beach we still don’t have a name…
She decides to find the beach her mother came when she was pregnant to surf. Her little sister is also a surfer, but she decided to go with a friend instead. The friend sadly didn’t make it, so she went to surf all by herself. This is where she met 2 other surfers and after a day of surfing this kind of goes wrong.

After finding a dead whale she encounters a shark. The shark bites her leaving a big wound in the girls left leg. She luckily has a medical background so she can go full MacGyver and stitch herself with only using her jewelry. The didn’t back out on showing this stuff on the big screen and the only thing that was more terrifying than the image of blood and a girl screaming of pain on the big screen was the face of the person sitting next to me when the movies showed this scene.

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Jaws
After regaining some strength on a little rock in the middle of the ocean she sees a man lying face down on the beach. She tries to get his attention which she eventually gets. Sadly for the man he tries to steal her stuff and gets killed by the shark when he tried to steal her surfboard.

The next day the two other surfers went back to the beach and find the girl on the rock. Sadly before getting there they both get killed by the shark. Nancy uses the Go Pro camera of the just killed surfer to ask for help, or alteast make a good bye video for her family.

The end
After making the video Nancy tries to make it to the water buoy after figuring out the sharks routine. There she has a big battle against the shark which gave the shark a very weird death.

She tries to make it back to the beach, but sadly doesn’t have the energy anymore. The little boy who found the camera (see begin of the review) got some help who only takes her from the ocean back on the beach where Nancy herself wakes up.

Redict
The movie had a very interesting idea, but sadly didn’t deliver. The movie was long with some unneeded moments. Don’t get me started of her relationship with a seagull.

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The acting was very good. I would love to see Blake Lively in future movies. Sadly if the story and the rest of the movie don’t appeal a good actor can’t make the movie awesome.

I give this movie a 2 star out of 5 rating. It was enjoyable, but it didn’t deliver for me. The deaths were not really needed, but I had the feeling that the creators wanted to show that the shark was a killer. The entire Go Pro camera idea could have been better which took like 5-10 minutes of the movie.

2 star