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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (original title)
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Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Stormtrooper defector Finn and spare parts scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance's search for the missing Luke Skywalker.

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30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire, Rey, a scavenger from the planet Jakku, finds a BB-8 droid that knows the whereabouts of the long lost Luke Skywalker. Rey, as well as a rogue stormtrooper and two smugglers, are thrown into the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the daunting legions of the First Order. Written by Noah White

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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence | See all certifications »

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18 December 2015 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$245,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$247,966,675, 20 December 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$936,662,225

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,068,178,225
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The lightsaber props used during production are different to the ones used in the previous movies. They now have specially designed blades that light up when activated, which now allows light reflections on the surrounding area. See more »

Goofs

When Rey rescues BB-8 from the scavenger Teedo, the top part of Rey's outfit is crisscrossed with her right side over left, but when she shushes BB-8 it's crisscrossed with her left side over the right. Then it's back to the original way. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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's been after this for a long time.
Lor San Tekka: Oh, the General? To me, she is royalty.
Poe Dameron: Well, she certainly is that.
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The Remake Awakens & The Viewer Goes To Sleep
21 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

If this movie didn't have Star Wars name on it, nobody would even remember it in less than a year. Well, maybe we would remember Abrams getting sued for plagiarism, but the movie itself IMO is ridiculously unremarkable.

To get the obvious out of the way, yes it's a remake pretending to be a sequel. It redoes New Hope with new characters taking the roles of the old ones. It doesn't have the guts to stray from the path in any significant way, and that makes it boring and predictable. If you've seen New Hope, you're up for no surprises whatsoever.

Other than that, everything about the movie screams generic. Everything, from it's heroes (female Luke and defector stormtrooper with lots of wasted potential) to it's villains. Take Emperor Palpatine, smash him together with Voldemort and Azog the Whatshisface, and you receive Supreme Leader Silly Name. His design is as unoriginal as it could be, and his lines don't help either. Kylo Ren is criticized for being whiny, but I couldn't even get annoyed with him, that's how little impression he made. This movie would need a Joker class villain to pull it's head above the sea of blandness, and instead it gave us these two.

Dialog, story, and character development take a backseat to the near constant action scenes. What little plot there is seems squeezed to fit the (too) fast pace.

It's not a bad movie per say. It's just a very, very mediocre one that seems to lack ambition to be anything more. It has nothing at all to distinguish it from dozens of similar blockbusters. Even John Williams seemed to understand that. His soundtrack suits the averageness of the movie perfectly, not giving us a single memorable track, which is really below his usual level.

This film made me miss the underrated prequels. Yes, they had their share of problems, but at least they prioritized the plot over explosions and presented some new ideas.

The Force Awakens may deserve four or five for what it does well (practical effects, CGI, diverse cast, acting) but it certainly doesn't deserve 82 it currently has on IMDb, so here is my score.


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