The spin-off to the "Star Wars" main line of movies earned well both at the box office and in viewers' eyes, as well as in its opening weekend.

Extraordinary events bring together a group of ordinary people

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" diverges from the Star Wars focus of the Jedi vs. Dark Side plot line for a more grounded story about a group of individuals brought together under dire circumstances. The interesting thing about the cast in this story is that none of them are Jedi, rather they are ordinary people who have devoted their lives to fighting the Empire by any means necessary. The story takes place in between "Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith," and "Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope." We are introduced to Jyn Erso, portrayed brilliantly by Felicity Jones, who is the daughter of Galen and Lyra Erso.

Galen is recruited by the Empire to help build the Death Star against his will in order to protect his daughter. Before Jyn goes into hiding, she is given a kyber crystal by her mother and told to trust the Force.

This sets up an interesting dynamic for the rest of the film, as it is never told in the movie if Jyn is actually in tune with the Force, but towards the end when "Rogue One," the group of people led by Jyn goes to get the Death Star plans, Jyn says to them May the Force be with us. Throughout the course of the movie, she learns more about the rebellion, and the connection of her father with the Death Star construction. Galen tells Jyn that everything he has done is to protect her and that he has created a small but fatal weakness in the Death Star intentionally, which ends up being the exhaust port used to destroy the Death Star.

Jyn is determined to get the plans and honor her father's mission, so when she learns of this she goes to the rebellion and tells them about the message and the existence of the Death Star but not many believe her, and she is then forced to go with a small team who do. They learn that the plans are kept on the planet Scarif and travel there to retrieve the plans to give to the rebellion.

After they sneak onto the planet, Jyn, Cassio and the droid K-2SO divert from the group to retrieve the plans with the remainder of the group drawing the Empire's attention. They are successful in getting the plans after they are transmitted by Jyn via a satellite dish, but at the cost of the "Rogue One" group, as they all die when the Death Star comes and blows up the base in an attempt to prevent the rebellion from getting the plans.

The "Rogue One" group is hailed as heroes, and the closing scene is the opening scene for "Star Wars A New Hope," when Darth Vader comes abroad the ship where Princess Leia is in pursuit of the Death Star plans.

The Force is strong with this movie's cast

Throughout the movie, Jyn comes across a diverse cast of characters, including Cassian Andor (a pilot for the Rebellion portrayed by Diego Luna), Chirrut Imwe who is a blind Force user portrayed by the martial artist Donnie Yen, Baze Malbus portrayed by Wen Jiang, Ben Mendelsohn plays Orson Krennic, the main villian for the film, Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso, and Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook (who is the imperial pilot in the film that defects to the rebellion).

The movie is directed by Gareth Edwards, with the screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. Forest Whitaker plays the role of Saw Gerrera who is the caretaker of Jyn Grand Moff Tarkin, portrayed by Peter Cushing (all CGI as Peter Cushing passed away in 1994). The level of detail in the CGI is amazing, as it is an authentic recreation of Peter Cushing's likeness for the character.

A hope for a great movie future

"Rogue One" and "The Force Awakens" reception is a good indicator that Disney has a plan for a great movie future for the franchise, and for fans as well. The next movie will be "Star Wars: Episode 8" opening in theaters in December 2017.

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