Starring: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong, Miltos Yerolemou
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Space opera fantasy directed by J. J. Abrams who also co-wrote the script with Lawrence Kasdan. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) is set 30 years after the defeat of the Empire and the demise of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights has vanished. The galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger from a desert planet finds a BB-8 droid that has a top-secret map knows which leads to the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker. When a rogue stormtrooper named Finn crash-lands on Rey’s desert planet, he meets her and the duo find themselves joining forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance, led by General Leia (Carrie Fisher), receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker.
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[opening crawl] A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister FIRST ORDER has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed.
With the support of the REPUBLIC, General Leia Organa leads a brave RESISTANCE. She is desperate to find her brother Luke and gain his help in restoring peace and justice to the galaxy. Leia has sent her most daring pilot on a secret mission to Jakku, where an old ally has discovered a clue to Luke’s whereabouts…
Lor San Tekka: This will begin to make things right. I’ve traveled too far and seen too much to ignore the despair in the Galaxy. Without the Jedi, there can be no balance in the Force.
Poe Dameron: Well, because of you, now we have a chance. The general has been after for this for a long time.
Lor San Tekka: The General? To me she’s royalty.
Poe Dameron: Well, she certainly is that.
Poe Dameron: [to BB-8, sees the Stormtroopers approaching] We got company. You have to hide.
Lor San Tekka: You have to leave. Go.
Poe Dameron: Come on BB-8, hurry! I see him!
Poe Dameron: [to BB-8, referring to the map] You take this, it’s safer with you than it’s with me. You get as far away from here as you can. Do you hear me? I’ll come back for you! You’ll be alright
Kylo Ren: Look how old you’ve become.
Lor San Tekka: Something far worse has happened to you.
Kylo Ren: You know what I’ve come for.
Lor San Tekka: I know where you come from. Before you called yourself Kylo Ren.
Kylo Ren: The map to Skywalker, we know you found it. And now you’re going to give it to the First Order.
Lor San Tekka: The First Order rose from the Dark Side, you did not.
Kylo Ren: I’ll show you the Dark Side.
Lor San Tekka: You may try, but you cannot deny the truth that is your family.
Kylo Ren: You’re so right.
[Ren takes his lightsaber and executes Lor San Tekka]
Poe Dameron: So who talks first? Do you talk first? I talk first?
Kylo Ren: The old man gave it to you.
Poe Dameron: It’s very hard to understand you with all the…
Kylo Ren: Search him.
Stormtrooper: [searches Poe] Nothing, sir.
Kylo Ren: Bring him on board.
Captain Phasma: Sir, the villagers?
Kylo Ren: Kill them all.
Captain Phasma: FN-2187, submit your blaster for inspection.
Finn: Yes, Captain.
Captain Phasma: And who gave you permission to remove that helmet?
Finn: I’m sorry, Captain.
Captain Phasma: Report to my division at once.
Unkar Plutt: [to Rey] What you brought me today is worth one quarter portion
Rey: [to BB-8] That’s just a Teedo. Wants you for parts. He has no respect for anyone. Your antenna’s bent.
Rey: [fixes BB-8’s antenna] Where do you come from?
Rey: [as BB-8 beeps his reply] Classified, really? Me too. Big secret. Niima Outpost is that way. Stay off Kelvin Ridge. Keep away from the sinking fields in the North or you’ll drown in the sand.
Rey: Don’t follow me. Town is that way.
Rey: [as BB-8 replies clearly wanting to stay with her] No!
Rey: [BB-8 beeps again clearly indicating he’s scared he’ll be captured again] In the morning, you go.
Rey: [BB-8b beeps his thanks] You’re welcome.
Kylo Ren: I had no idea we had the best pilot in the Resistance on board. Comfortable?
Poe Dameron: Not really.
Kylo Ren: I’m impressed. No one has been able to get out of you what you did with the map.
Poe Dameron: You might want to rethink your technique.
Kylo Ren: [tortures Pie using the Force] Where is it?
Poe Dameron: The Resistance will not be intimidated by you.
Kylo Ren: Where is it?
[Poe yells in pain]
Kylo Ren: It’s in a droid, a BB unit.
General Hux: Well then, if it’s on Jakku, we’ll soon have it.
Kylo Ren: I leave that to you.
Rey: Don’t give up hope, he still might show up, whoever it’s you’re waiting for. Classified. I know all about waiting
Rey: [BB-8 beeps his reply] For my family. They’ll be back, one day. Come on.
Unkar Plutt: These five pieces are worth, let me see. One half portion.
Rey: Last week they were a half portion each.
Unkar Plutt: What about the droid?
Rey: What about him?
Unkar Plutt: [slams downs portions of food to Rey’s shock] I’ll pay for him. Sixty portions.
Rey: [hesitates] Actually, the droid is not for sale.
Finn: Listen carefully. If you do exactly as I say, I can get you out of here.
Poe Dameron: What?
Finn: [takes off his helmet] This is a rescue. I’m helping you escape. Can you fly a TIE fighter?
Poe Dameron: You’re with the Resistance?
Finn: What? No, no, no. I’m breaking you out. Can you fly a TIE fighter?
Poe Dameron: I can fly anything. Why? Why are you helping me?
Finn: Because it’s the right thing to do.
Poe Dameron: You need a pilot.
Finn: I need a pilot.
Poe Dameron: [smiles] We’re going to do this.
Finn: Okay. Stay calm, stay calm
Poe Dameron: I am calm.
Finn: I’m talking to myself.
Poe Dameron: [referring to the TIE fighte] I always wanted to fly one of these things. Can you shoot?
Finn: Blasters, I can.
Poe Dameron: Okay, same principle. Use the toggle on the left to switch between missiles, cannons and mag pulses. The sight on the right to aim, triggers to fire.
Finn: This is very complicated.
Poe Dameron: [as they are about to fly off, the ship stops as it’s still attached to it’s anchor cord] I can fix this!
Poe Dameron: This thing really moves. Alright, we got to take out as many of these cannons as we can or we’re not going to get very far!
Poe Dameron: I’m going to get us in position. Just stay sharp. Up ahead! Up ahead! Do you see it? I got us dead centered. It’s a clean shot.
Finn: [shoots at the weapons ahead] I got it. Yeah!
Poe Dameron: Yes!
Finn: Did you see that! Did you see that!
Poe Dameron: I saw it!
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Poe Dameron: Hey, what’s your name?
Poe Dameron: F… What?
Finn: That’s the only name they ever gave me.
Poe Dameron: Well, I ain’t using it. FN, huh? Finn. I’m going to call you Finn. Is that alright?
Finn: Finn. Yeah! Finn, I like that! I like that.
Poe Dameron: I’m Poe, Poe Dameron.
Finn: Good to meet you, Poe.
Poe Dameron: Good to meet you too, Finn!
Kylo Ren: General Hux, is it the Resistance pilot?
General Hux: Yes, and he had helped from one of our own. We are checking the registers now to identify which Stormtrooper it was.
Kylo Ren: The one from the Village, FN-2187.
First Order Officer #2: Sir, ventral cannons on.
General Hux: Fire.
Poe Dameron: What’s coming towards you? My right, your left. Do you see it?
Finn: Hold on. I see them!
Poe Dameron: Nice shot!
Finn: Where’re we going?
Poe Dameron: We’re going back to Jakku, that’s where.
Finn: No, no, no! We can’t go back to Jakku. We need to get out of this system.
Poe Dameron: I got to get my droid before the First Order does.
Finn: What? A droid?
Poe Dameron: That’s right. He’s a BB unit, orange and white. One of a kind.
Finn: I don’t care what color he is! No droid can be that important!
Poe Dameron: This one is, pal!
Finn: We need to get as far away from the First Order as we can. We go back to Jakku, we die!
Poe Dameron: The droid has a map that leads straight to Luke Skywalker.
Finn: Oh, you got to be kidding me!
Captain Phasma: FN-2187 reported to my division, was evaluated and sent to reconditioning.
General Hux: No prior signs of nonconformity?
Captain Phasma: This was his first offense.
First Order Officer: General. They’ve been hit.
General Hux: Destroyed?
First Order Officer: Disabled. They were headed back to Jakku. The CIS projected the crash in the Goazon Badlands.
General Hux: They were going back for the droid. Send a squad to the wreckage.
General Hux: Supreme Leader Snoke was explicit, Capture the droid if we can, but destroy it, we must.
Kylo Ren: How capable are your soldiers, General?
General Hux: I won’t have you question my methods.
Kylo Ren: They are obviously skilled at committing high treason. Perhaps Leader Snoke should consider using a clone army.
General Hux: My men are exceptionally trained, programmed from birth.
Kylo Ren: Then, they should have no problem retrieving the droid, unharmed.
General Hux: Careful, Ren, that your personal interest not interfere with orders from Leader Snoke.
Kylo Ren: I want that map. For your sake, I suggest you get it.
Finn: [entering Jakku] Water. Water. Water. No.
Rey: [as BB-8 recognizes Poe’s jacket on Finn] Him?
Rey: [after chasing and knocking down Finn] What’s your hurry, thief?
Finn: What? Thief!
Finn: [BB-8 gives Finn and electric shock] Ow! Hey! What?
Rey: The jacket. This droid says you stole it.
Finn: I’ve had a pretty messed up day, alright? So I’d appreciate it if you’d stop accusing me…
Finn: [BB-8 gives him another electric shock] Ow! Stop it!
Rey: [referring to the jacket] Where did you get it? It belongs to his master.
Finn: It belongs to Poe Dameron. That was his name, right? He was captured by the First Order. I helped him escape, but our ship crashed. Poe didn’t make it. I tried to help him but I’m sorry.
[BB-8 rolls off in sadness]