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Star Wars Episode VII: the Force Awakens

  • Sci-fi
  • Action
  • 2015
  • J J Abrams
  • 132 mins
  • 12

Summary

Science-fiction adventure starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Daisy Ridley. Thirty years after the civil war, the sinister First Order is trying to take over the galaxy and all that stands in their way is the Resistance, led by General Leia. Efforts by both sides to find a map to Luke Skywalker draw desert scavenger Rey and ex-stormtrooper Finn into the fight.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

The space opera franchise returns with a massive cosmic bang as co-writer/director JJ Abrams takes George Lucas's once moribund brainchild and guides it firmly towards a healthy series future. Winning newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega take on the respective roles of scrap metal scavenger and renegade stormtrooper who escort a droid carrying an intergalactic map to where last remaining Jedi knight Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is in hiding from the evil First Order who want to extinguish the last vestige of the Force. Keeping the spirit of the original alive, while tweaking its basic story, Abrams creates a fun mix of space opera cheerfulness, vibrant charm, cosmic cliffhangers and nonstop epic action executed with impressive technical virtuosity. Key hints of series nostalgia along with returning classic cast members only add to the ingenuity, remarkable deftness and irresistible draw of this visually compelling and completely dazzling fantasy spectacle.

Credits

Cast

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Han SoloHarrison Ford
Luke SkywalkerMark Hamill
LeiaCarrie Fisher
ReyDaisy Ridley
FinnJohn Boyega
Lor San TekkaMax von Sydow
Poe DameronOscar Isaac
Maz KanataLupita Nyong'o
ChewbaccaPeter Mayhew
C-3POAnthony Daniels
R2-D2Kenny Baker (2)
Supreme Leader SnokeAndy Serkis
General HuxDomhnall Gleeson
Kylo RenAdam Driver
Captain PhasmaGwendoline Christie
Unkar PluttSimon Pegg
Snap WexleyGreg Grunberg
WollivanWarwick Davis
BranceEmun Elliott
Tasu LeechYayan Ruhian
Razoo Quin-FeeIko Uwais
Admiral StaturaKen Leung
Bazine NetalAnna Brewster
Dr KaloniaHarriet Walter
FN-3181Michael Giacchino
Lieutenant ConnixBillie Lourd
First Order officerKate Fleetwood
First Order officerThomas Brodie-Sangster
BB-8 voice consultantBill Hader
Stormtrooper JB-007Daniel Craig

Crew

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DirectorJ J Abrams

Details

Theatrical distributor
Disney
Released on
2015-12-17
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence.
Available on
Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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