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CLIPS MOVIE REVIEW
by Roger Tennis


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CLIPS In January, 2016

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS movie

 

 RATED PG-13
(sci-fi action violence)

 RUNNING TIME: 135 minutes
DIRECTOR: J.J. Abrams

STARS:
Daisy Ridley - Rey
John Boyega - Finn
Harrison Ford - Han Solo
Adam Driver - Kylo Ren
Oscar Isaac - Poe Dameron
Carrie Fisher - Leia
Peter Mayhew - Chewbacca
Domhnall Gleeson - General Hux

SYNOPSIS:
Years after Han, Leia and Luke (Mark Hamill) fought for peace, there's a new disturbance in the Force: the First Order. This evil presence is guided by Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and his Darth Vader-like henchman Kylo Ren. Scavenger Rey, disillusioned ex-Stormtrooper Finn and Han Solo reluctantly team up on a quest to stop this organization from reaching its goal.

ROG'S VIEWPOINT: 5 CAMSCAMCAMCAMCAMCAM
George Lucas can rest easy after passing the lightsaber on to cinematic genius J.J. Abrams. Abrams has created a masterpiece that left me with the same feeling I had after exiting "Star Wars" in 1977. It lives up to all of the hype leading to the premiere. From the first frame, with the sound of John Williams' rousing score, to the final fade out, there's not a moment of disappointment. Thrills, chills, action and many surprises (no spoilers listed here) are scattered throughout this exciting roller coaster ride. While the energetic young cast members are terrific, it's Harrison Ford who steals the show - many times with just an expression. For the legions of followers, this brilliant new chapter in the series is FANtastic. There are many references to the past classic films, but they cleverly fit into the plot and never get in the way. This can be credited to the screenplay written by Abrams, Michael Arndt and Lawrence Kasdan (who wrote "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi"). Of course they've included R2-D2 and C-3PO, but there's also a lovable new droid named BB-8. This stellar tribute to the best of the matinee adventures of long ago is also visually stunning, but the audience will be too caught up in the plot to appreciate it - making this one of those rare films that will happily require repeat viewings. The spectacular "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" provides a new hope for future generations of moviegoers.

 

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