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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
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saga finally concludes 28 years after the original instalment first hit cinemas and created a phenomenon. With the story's outcome predetermined, this crucial and much anticipated segment details how and why dedicated Jedi knight Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) turned away from good to become evil Sith Lord Darth Vader. Given that this involves fairly serious issues - love, loyalty, jealousy, betrayal - you'd expect an emotionally intense film. However, writer/director George Lucas's ridiculous dialogue and unconvincing plot developments play like second-rate soap opera, almost robbing this epic of pathos and tension. As a consequence, the actors struggle to animate their underwritten characters, especially Christensen, who lacks the charisma to inhabit such a vital role. Fortunately, the superb visuals and many exciting lightsaber duels save the day, easily surpassing the previous two episodes in terms of breathtaking spectacle. It might not be quite the mind-blowing finale that die-hard fans were hoping for, but at least there is enough here to make the spine tingle.
Troubled Anakin Skywalker finds himself seduced by the dark side of the Force and is tempted into betraying his fellow Jedi Knights as conflict erupts across countless planets and the forces of evil prepare to seize control of the galaxy. The final instalment of the sci-fi prequel trilogy, with Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Samuel L Jackson, Ian McDiarmid and Christopher Lee.
Cast & Crew
Anakin Skywalker / Lord Darth Vader
Senator Amidala / Padmé Naberrie-Skywalker
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Samuel L Jackson
Count Dooku / Darth Tyrannus
Kenny Baker (2)
James Earl Jones
Senator Bail Organa
Jar Jar Binks
Governor Sio Bibble
Oliver Ford Davies
Queen of Naboo
20th Century Fox
video, DVD and Blu-ray
13 May 2005
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