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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

  • Drama
  • 2005
  • George Lucas
  • 134 mins
  • 12A

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Star Wars 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Obi-Wan KenobiEwan McGregor
Anakin Skywalker / Lord Darth VaderHayden Christensen
Senator Amidala / Padmé Naberrie-SkywalkerNatalie Portman
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine Ian McDiarmid
Mace WinduSamuel L Jackson
Count Dooku / Darth TyrannusChristopher Lee
C-3PO Anthony Daniels
R2-D2Kenny Baker (2)
ChewbaccaPeter Mayhew
YodaFrank Oz
Darth VaderJames Earl Jones
Senator Bail OrganaJimmy Smits
Mon MothmaGenevieve O'Reilly
Jar Jar BinksAhmed Best
Owen LarsJoel Edgerton
Governor Sio BibbleOliver Ford Davies
Commander Cody Temuera Morrison
Queen of NabooKeisha Castle-Hughes
Tion MedonBruce Spence
Nee AlavarRena Owen
Captain ColtonJeremy Bulloch
Captain AntillesRohan Nichol
General GrievousMatthew Wood

Crew

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DirectorGeorge Lucas

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2005-05-13
Language
English
Guidance
May be edited for violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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