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Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

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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

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$245,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$247,966,675 (USA) (18 December 2015)

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$936,627,416 (USA) (20 May 2016)
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Trivia

The look of Kylo Ren took the longest of all the new characters to design. Originally simply known as 'Jedi Killer', the earliest designs of his helmet resembled more grotesque versions of Ralph McQuarrie's earliest version of Darth Vader. Other helmet designs were given to minor characters such as members of the Guavian Death gang and First Order Fleet Engineers. A painting of a caped silver First Order Trooper was also originally considered for Kylo Ren instead provided the blueprints for Captain Phasma. See more »

Goofs

When Finn takes Rey's hand and they run out of the tent they met in, they run past the same bystanders twice, in subsequent shots seen from two different angles. Most noticeably they run past the red robed individual identified as 'Sarco Plank' in both shots. See more »

Quotes

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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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Crazy Credits

The stars that form the backdrop for the end credits are exactly the same stars as in the beginning of the movie. See more »

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Referenced in Starbuggers (2016) See more »

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Maz's Counsel
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Lacks imagination
18 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

Star Wars to me has always been about imagination.

There's a lot that has been said about George Lucas in the last forty years, but there's one thing that can't be denied: he had imagination.

JJ Abrams however does not and it shows in The Force Awakens. Besides the plot, which isn't original to say the least and has a lot of questionable elements, the visual design is very bland and derivative. The actual look and feel of the film reminds more of JJ's Star Trek films than of the original Star Wars trilogy, although luckily there are only a handful of lens flares to be seen.

Even the music sounds uninspired. Which is a shame since the music was always one of the strongest parts of Star Wars.

All in all it's an extremely average film, which would have been fine if it wasn't Star Wars. Star Wars is about pushing the limits and the only thing that was pushed here is your hype button.

The prequel trilogy was a misstep in a lot of aspects, but at least George tried to innovate and create something new. The Force Awakens however is a big step backwards.


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