The seventh installment in the main Star Wars film series STAR WARS – The Force Awakens is set approximately 30 years after Return of the Jedi (1983), and follows Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron’s fight with the Resistance, led by veterans of the Rebel Alliance, against Kylo Ren and the First Order, descended from the Galactic Empire.
A generation after the second Death Star was destroyed, Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi, has disappeared. The First Order has risen from the fallen Galactic Empire and seeks to eliminate Luke and the Republic. The Resistance, backed by the Republic and led by Luke’s twin sister, Leia Organa, opposes them while searching for Luke to enlist his aid.
The engrossing adventure begins with Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), a Resistance X-wing fighter pilot who is sent on a mission by a certain princess. He is rescued by Finn, the First Order stormtrooper, and their fates are forever intertwined. They crash on Jakku, and Finn appears to be the only survivor.
Finn (John Boyega) is a reformed First Order stormtrooper. He is in incredible danger, and thats there it transforms his life by changing sides.
Resistance pilot Poe Dameron meets village elder Lor San Tekka on the planet Jakku to obtain a map to Luke’s location. Stormtroopers under the command of Kylo Ren destroy the village and capture Poe.
Poe’s droid BB-8 who has escaped with the map leading to the last Jedi – Luke Skywalker. It is the BB-8 that recognizes its masters jacket that is on Fin, and thats when Rey (Daisy Ridley), a scavenger abandoned as a child on the desert planet Jakku, who is searching for her family comes across Fin.
Then it is Fin, Rey and the droid are chased by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), a dark warrior strong with the Force, originally a member of the Knights of Ren, and commander of the First Order.
Kylo is more dangerous and unpredictable, and morally justified in doing what he thinks is right.
The First Order tracks Fin, Rey and BB-8 and launches an airstrike. The three flee the planet in a stolen, rundown ship, the Millennium Falcon.
The Falcon breaks down, and is soon captured by a much larger ship, piloted by Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), who reclaim their former vessel.
Han explains to the (no longer) captives that Luke tried to rebuild the Jedi Order but went into exile after a student turned to the dark side and destroyed all that Luke had built.
There is an ensuing exciting lightsaber battle, emotions, Han’s change of heart for his estranged son, who remains unpredictable with his evil ways.
Finally, it is Rey who gets to see the complete map and tracks down the last Jedi and offers him the lightsaber.
Though the film seems confusing with the addition of new characters, it takes time for the viewer to identify and relate to the old characters. Once all the aspects clear what one realises that this installment of STAR WARS is truly a grand visual treat with its menacing evil characters, action, SFX and reminicises one of its earlier parts.
Welcome to JAKKU – a harsh desert world and a lawless place that’s home to thieves, outlaws and refugees. During the final years of the Galactic Civil War, Jakku was the site of a secret Imperial research base and served as a jumping-off point for warships heading into the Unknown Regions.
And then we have the loveable characters of CHEWBACCA and the droid BB-8
Chewbacca is a legendary Wookiee warrior and Han Solo’s co-pilot aboard the Millennium Falcon, and was part of a core group of Rebels who restored freedom to the galaxy. Known for his short temper and accuracy with a bowcaster, Chewie also has a big heart — and is unwavering in his loyalty to his friends. He has stuck with Han through years of turmoil that have changed both the galaxy and their lives.
BB-8 is aA skittish but loyal astromech, BB-8 accompanied Poe Dameron on many missions for the Resistance, helping keep his X-wing in working order. When Poe’s mission to Jakku ended with his capture by the First Order, BB-8 fled into the desert with a vital clue to the location of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.
One feels that you are in a different world all together.
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Harrison Ford as Han Solo
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
Oscar Isaac as Poe
John Boyega as Finn
Daisy Ridley as Rey
Adam Driver as Kylo Ren
Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa
Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata
Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke
Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux
Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca
Max von Sydow as Lor San Tekka
Directed by J. J. Abrams
Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk
Written by Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
Based on Characters by George Lucas
Music by John Williams
Cinematography by Dan Mindel
Edited by Mary Jo Markey, Maryann Brandon
Production companies – Lucasfilm Ltd., Bad Robot Productions
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Star Wars, The Force Awakens – Movie review