Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jonathan Aris
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Fantasy action adventure spin-off set in Star Wars universe directed by Gareth Edwards. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) takes place just before the events of the original movie. Following the foundation of the Galactic Empire, a wayward band of Rebel fighters come together to carry out a desperate mission: to steal the plans for the Death Star before it can be used to enforce the Emperor’s rule.
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Galen Erso: Jyn, remember whatever I do, I do it to protect you. Say you understand.
Young Jyn Erso: I understand.
Galen Erso: I love you, Stardust.
Young Jyn: I love you too, Papa.
Lyra Erso: [to young Jyn, giving her a Kyber Crystal] Jyn, trust the force.
Orson Krennic: We were on the verge of greatness. We were this close to providing peace and security for the galaxy.
Galen Erso: You’re confusing peace with terror.
Orson Krennic: Well, you have to start somewhere.
K-2SO: I see the Council is sending you with us to Jedha.
Jyn Erso: Apparently so.
K-2SO: That is a bad idea. I think so, and so does Cassian. What do I know? My specialty is just strategic analysis.
Cassian Andor: You met K-2?
Jyn Erso: Charming.
Cassian Andor: He tends to say whatever comes into his circuits. It’s a byproduct of the reprogram.
K-2SO: Why does she get a blaster and I don’t?
Cassian Andor: What?
Jyn Erso: I know how to use it.
Cassian Andor: That’s what I’m afraid of. Give it to me.
Jyn Erso: We’re going to Jeddah. That’s a warzone.
Cassian Andor: That’s not the point of… Where did you get it?
Jyn Erso: I found it.
K-2SO: I find that answer vague and unconvincing.
Jyn Erso: Trust goes both ways.
K-2SO: [Cassian turns and goes over to take the co-pilot seat next to K-2SO] You’re letting her keep it. Would you like the know the probability of her using it against you? It’s high.
Cassian Andor: Let’s get going.
K-2SO: It’s very high.
Grand Moff Tarkin: Failure will find you explaining why to a far less patient audience.
Orson Krennic: I will not fail.
K-2SO: I’m surprised you’re so concerned with my safety.
Jyn Erso: I’m not. I’m just worried they might miss you and hit me.
K-2SO: [quietly] Doesn’t sound so bad to me.
Cassian Andor: The temple’s been destroyed, but she’ll be there waiting. We’ll give her your name and hope that gets us a meeting with Saw.
Jyn Erso: Hope?
Cassian Andor: Yeah. Rebellions are built on hope.
'The Force is with me. And I am with the Force. And I fear nothing. For all is as the Force wills it.' - Chirrut Îmwe (Rogue One) Click To Tweet
Chirrut Îmwe: The strongest stars have hearts of kyber.
K2-SO: [Jyn shoots a robot that looks like K2-SO, we then see K2-SO appear] Did you know that wasn’t me?
Jyn Erso: Yeah, of course.
K-2SO: There were a lot of explosions for two people blending in.
Stormtrooper: [referring to to Jyn and Cassian] Halt. Stop right there. Where are you taking these prisoners?
K-2SO: These are prisoners.
Stormtrooper: Yes. Where are you taking them?
K-2SO: I am taking them to imprison them in prison.
Cassian Andor: He’s taking us to…
K-2SO: [suddenly K-2SO hits Cassian] Quiet! And there’s a fresh one if you mouth off again.
Chirrut Îmwe: The Force is with me. And I am with the Force. And I fear nothing. For all is as the Force wills it.
'Rebellions are built on hope.' - Cassian Andor (Rogue One) Click To Tweet
Chirrut Îmwe: [after Baze shoots down a batch of Stromtroopers] You almost shot me!
Baze Malbus: You’re welcome.
Baze Malbus: There are no Jedi here anymore. Only dreamers like this fool.
Chirrut Îmwe: The Force did protect me.
Baze Malbus: I protected you.
Chirrut Îmwe: I’m one with the Force, the Force is with me.
Galen Erso: We call it the Death Star. There is no better name, and the day is coming soon when it will be unleashed.
Cassian Andor: K-2! K-2! Where are you?
K-2SO: There you are. I’m standing by as you requested, although there’s a problem on the horizon. There’s no horizon.
'We don't all have the luxury of deciding when and where we want to care about something.' - Cassian Andor (Rogue One) Click To Tweet
Saw Gerrera: You can stand to see the Imperial flag reign across the galaxy?
Jyn Erso: It’s not a problem if you don’t look up.
Saw Gerrera: Save the rebellion! Save the dream!
Jyn Erso: We can beat the people who did this. My father’s message, I’ve seen it. They call it the Death Star. But they have no idea there’s a way to defeat it. You’re wrong about my father.
Baze Malbus: What kind of trap? You said your father made a trap.
Jyn Erso: The reactor. He’s placed a weakness there. He’s been hiding it for years. He said if you can blow the reactor, the module, the whole system goes down. You need to send word to the Alliance.
Cassian Andor: I’ve done that.
Jyn Erso: They have to know there’s a way to destroy this thing. They have to go to Scarif to get the plans.
Cassian Andor: I can’t risk sending that. We’re in the heart of Imperial territory.
Jyn Erso: Then we’ll find him and bring him back. And he can tell them himself.
'Trust goes both ways.' - Jyn Erso (Rogue One) Click To Tweet
Baze Malbus: Good luck!
Chirrut Îmwe: I don’t need luck! I have you!
Jyn Erso: You lied about why we came here and you lied about why you went up alone.
Cassian Andor: I had every chance to pull the trigger, but did I? Did I?
Jyn Erso: You might as well have. My father was living proof and you put him at risk. Those were Alliance bombs that killed him.
Cassian Andor: I had orders. Orders that I disobeyed. But you wouldn’t understand that.
Jyn Erso: Orders? When you know they’re wrong? You might as well be a stormtrooper.
Cassian Andor: What do you know? We don’t all have the luxury of deciding when and where we want to care about something. Suddenly the Rebellion is real for you. Some of us live it. I’ve been in this fight since I was six years old. You’re not the only one who lost everything. Some of us just decided to do something about it.
Jyn Erso: You can’t talk your way around this.
Cassian Andor: I don’t have to.
Darth Vader: [to Krennic and he starts to choke him] Be careful not to choke on your aspirations, Director.
Jyn Erso: What chance do we have? The question is “what choice”. Run, hide, plead for mercy, scatter your forces. You give way to an enemy this evil with this much power and you condemn the galaxy to an eternity of submission. The time to fight is now!
Baze Malbus: You don’t look happy.
Jyn Erso: They prefer to surrender.
Baze Malbus: And you?
Chirrut Îmwe: She wants to fight.
Bodhi Rook: So do I. We all do.
Chirrut Îmwe: The Force is strong.
Jyn Erso: I’m not sure four of us is quite enough.
Baze Malbus: How many do we need?
Jyn Erso: What are you talking about?
Cassian Andor: [gestures to something behind her and Jyn sees a group of Rebels] They were never going to believe you.
Jyn Erso: I appreciate the support.
Cassian Andor: But I do. I believe you. We’d like to volunteer. Some of us, well, most of us, we’ve all done terrible things on behalf of the Rebellion. Spies, saboteurs, assassins. Everything I did, I did for the Rebellion. And every time I walked away from something I wanted to forget, I told myself it was for a cause that I believed in. A cause that was worth it. Without that, we’re lost. Everything we’ve done would have been for nothing. I couldn’t face myself if I gave up now. None of us could.
K-2SO: Jyn. I’ll be there for you. Cassian said I had to.
'What will you do when they catch you? What will you do if they break you? If you continue to fight, what will you become?' - Saw Gerrera (Rogue One Trailer) Click To Tweet
Jyn Erso: I’m not used to people sticking around when things go bad.
Cassian Andor: Welcome home.
Mon Mothma: Despite what the others say, war is inevitable.
Bail Organa: Yes, I agree. I must return to Alderaan to inform my people that there will be no peace. We will need every advantage.
Mon Mothma: Your friend, the Jedi.
Bail Organa: He served me well during the Clone Wars and has lived in hiding since the Emperor’s purge. Yes, I will send for him.
Mon Mothma: You will need someone you can trust.
Bail Organa: I would trust her with my life.