Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens – Movie Review

Star Wars, The Force AwakensA 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….

BB-8, the droid

BB-8, the droid

BB-8, the droid sees Stormtroopers coming in ships. The villagers on Jakku prepare for battle. Poe and BB-8 rush toward his fighter craft. The craft is damaged. Poe gives BB-8 a map to Skywalker’s location, a chip. Tells the droid to flee to safety.

The battle rages. FN-2187, a Stormtrooper, gasps as his friend is injured and dies.

Kylo Ren and StormTroopers

Kylo Ren and the Stormtroopers

Kylo Ren arrives on a large ship. He wants the map to Skywalker. Poe is captured. Ren orders the villagers killed.

Onboard the First Order ship, FN-2187 panics.

FN-2187

FN-2187 panics

REY is selling scrap to Unkar on Jakku. He offers one-quarter portion for her collection. Later, at Rey’s camp, the alien, Teedo has BB-8 as captive.  She frees the droid and sends it to Niima Out Post. Warns about Kelvin Ridge and Sinking Fields in the north. The droid joins her instead.

Aboard the ship, Kylo Ren tries to extract the information about the map from Poe. He’s successful. The First Order knows where the map to Skywalk is. A droid has it on Jakku.

Rey sells more scrap to Unkar. One-half portion. He offers sixty portions for BB-8. She refuses. The troops are after the droid.

Poe

Poe

FN-2187 helps Poe escape in a TIE fighter. They lift off and destroy the cannons on the ship’s exterior. They introduce. “I’m FN-2187.”  Poe Dameron names him Finn. “I like that,” Finn says. Together, they destroy the ship’s turboblasters.

Aboard the ship, General Hux orders, “Fire the ventral cannons!”

Poe flies back to Jakku. He’s gotta get BB-8 before the First Order gets the droid. They’re hit. They crash land in the Goazon badlands. The ship sinks in a sand pit. Finn survives.

Rey and Finn run to the antique freighter

Rey and Finn run to the antique freighter

He walks into town. Finn meets Rey and BB-8 in the village. Claims to be a Resistance fighter. Stormtroopers arrive and attack! Rey and Finn steal an antique freighter, Corellian YT model, from Unkar. They left off and fight the Stormtroopers and TIE fighters.

Rey learns from BB-8 the location of the Resistance Base. The IIeenium System. They’re on their way.

Chewie and Han Solo

Chewbacca and Han Solo

The ship is captured by Han Solo and Chewbacca. It’s the Millennium Falcon. The ship that made the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs.

Two gangs show up to kill Han because he owes them money. Monsters that he’s hauling on board eat many of the men. Others are killed. Everyone escapes aboard the Falcon, at light speed.

Snoke, the Supreme Leader, is addressed by the master of the knights of Ren, Kylo Ren. They must stop Skywalker from returning to prevent a new Jedi from rising.

Han Solo is Kylo Ren’s father.

BB-8’s map is incomplete. It’s missing a piece. Luke was training a new generation of Jedi. An apprentice turned against him. Luke felt responsible. He walked away from everything. He is looking for the first Jedi temple, Han Solo tells Rey and Finn. The Force, Jedi, The Dark Side, it’s all true.

Maz Kanata

Maz Kanata

They arrive on Maz Kanata’s planet. Lush, green mountains and valleys with water and vegetation. Maz is a thousand years old. She likes the Wookiee, Chewbacca. Calls him her boyfriend.

An alien alerts it’s boss, the missing droid is here! The First Order is informed!

Kylo Ren calls Darth Vader Grandfather.

Finn is going to run to the Outer Rim and disappear. He tells Rey he’s really a Stormtrooper, not a Resistance fighter. He leaves even after Rey pleads with him to stay and fight!

Rey found and touched Luke’s light saber, and his father’s before him. She sees visions. “It  calls to you, Rey,” Maz tells her. Maz tries to get her to take the saber. Rey refuses. She has to get back to Jakku.

The First Order blows up the Hosnian System. A small group of planets with moons.

Chewie and Han Solo are captured

Chewbacca, Han Solo, and Finn are captured

Maz gives Luke’s saber to Finn. The First Order attacks. Stormtroopers on the ground. Kylo Ren is there. He looks for Rey and BB-8. Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Finn are captured.

The Resistance arrives in fighter jets. Poe is the leader. The fighters are Good! The group is freed and fight.

Kylo Ren takes Rey prisoner aboard the First Order ship because she’s seen the map. He doesn’t need the droid. Let’s BB-8 go.

Poe

Poe is Alive!

Resistance Commander arrives along with C-3P0. General Leia Organa. Nan saw their son, Kylo Ren. He was here.

Finn sees Poe Dameran when he lands. “You’re alive!” He needs Poe’s help. They talk to General Leia Organa. R2-D2 is there. In low power mode since Master Luke went away.

Han Solo consoles Liea

Han consoles Leia about losing their son to the Dark Side

Leia sent their son away to be trained by Vader. He should have been trained by Luke. They lost their son and separated, she and Han. Snoke seduced their son to the Dark Side.

Aboard the ship, Rey is strapped to a chair, by Kylo Ren. He removes his mask. Tries to extract the map to Luke from her mind. She senses fear in him. He is afraid he will never be as strong as Darth Vader. Rey resists.

This is reported to Snoke. The droid is gone. The Resistance must be destroyed before they get to Skywalker. In the IIeenium System, the Resistance is based. Snoke wants Rey brought to him.

Rey uses the Force. She gets free from the chair and room.

General Hux orders, “Begin charging the weapon.” A hyper-light speed weapon. A laser cannon. A Starkiller Base. A hundred times bigger than the Death Star. It uses the power of the sun. It drains the sun to charge.

Looking for the thermal oscillator

The team reads the panels looking for the thermal oscillator

The team looks for a thermal oscillator, to blow it up. Finn says there’s one in Precinct 47. To disable the shields, Finn needs to be on the planet. Pilots will take out the oscillator. Blow up their big gun. They have a plan, thanks to Finn.

Kylo Ren is worried about Rey and her powers. How strong is she?

The Resistance makes their approach at light speed, due to a fractional refresh rate. Nothing slower than light speed can get through the shields.

Ren knows Han Solo landed. He felt it.

Finn worked in sanitation on the base. They’re inside. Rey is loose inside the base, also. At gunpoint, Finn makes his old boss lower the shields. “The shields are down!”

“Black Leader, Attack!” Poe is Black Leader. “Roger, base,” Poe replies. “Red squad, Blue squad, take my lead.” The fighters drop out of light speed and attack.

The Aerial Battle Rages

The aerial battle rages

General Hux orders, “Dispatch all squadrons.” The aerial battle rages.

Inside the base, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Finn find Rey. They begin their escape. Once outside, they see the fighters are losing the battle. They go back inside to blow the oscillator themselves.

Han and Chewbacca set charges to explode.

Han sees his son. “Ben!” he yells. Goes to talk to him. Ben Solo takes off the mask. They talk. Han tells his son to come home. Ben kills his father with his saber.

Leia knows Han is dead. She feels it.

Chewbacca blows the charges.

The weapon will Fire in two minutes.

Kylo Ren in the woods

Ben Solo finds Rey and Finn in the woods

Rey and Finn run to the Falcon through the woods. Ben Solo finds them. Ben and Finn fight with light sabers. Finn fights with Luke’s saber. Finn is injured.

Rey has Luke’s saber. She fights Ben. The planet begins to break up, ending the fight.

The charges Han Solo and Chewbacca set made a big hole in the base. Poe flies through and blows up the oscillator. The base is exploding along with the planet. They are evacuating the base.

Snoke wants to complete Kylo Ren’s training.

The planet explodes

In the distance, the planet explodes as they escape in the Falcon

Chewbacca gets Finn and Rey aboard the Falcon.

The planet explodes! In a fireball!

Rey and General Leia hug at the base. R2-D2 has the rest of the map to where Luke is hiding. They add BB-8’s piece. The map is complete. They know where Luke is.

“May the Force be with you,” General Leia says. Rey, Chewbacca, and R2-D2 fly the Falcon to Luke’s home.

On a planet, Luke is on a mountain, in the sea. There is a cave. Rey offers him his saber.

Star Wars, The Force Awakens-2

“May the Force be with you!”

The End

This was an awesome movie. I can’t wait for the next one. Star Wars VIII is being filmed in Ireland.

As for me, I’m glad Disney owns Star Wars. That means, the movies will be excellent and quick in production, with the Disney’s cast and budget.

Hope you enjoyed my review and preview trailer.

My rating: 5 stars

May the Force be with you.

J.A. Ireland

 

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