Star Wars

If The Phantom Menace was the setup, then Attack of the Clones is the plot-progressing payoff, and devoted Star Wars fans are sure to be enthralled. Ten years after Episode I, Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), now a senator, resists the creation of a Republic Army to combat an evil separatist movement. The brooding Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is resentful of his stern Jedi mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), tormented by personal loss, and showing his emerging "dark side" while protecting his new love, Amidala, from would-be assassins. Youthful romance and solemn portent foreshadow the events of the original Star Wars as Count Dooku (a.k.a. Darth Tyranus, played by Christopher Lee) forges an alliance with the Dark Lord of the Sith, while lavish set pieces showcase George Lucas's supreme command of all-digital filmmaking. All of this makes Episode II a technological milestone, savaged by some critics as a bloated, storyless spectacle, but still qualifying as a fan-approved precursor to the pivotal events of Episode III. --Jeff Shannon

Director(s): George Lucas
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Won 6 Oscars. Another 50 wins & 28 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.6
Metacritic:
90
Rotten Tomatoes:
93%
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Year:
1977
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[R2-D2 abruptly begins playing Leia's holographic message at Ben Kenobi's house]

Luke Skywalker:
I saw part of the message he was...

Obi-Wan Kenobi:
I seem to have found it.

Princess Leia Organa:
[in a hologram message] General Kenobi. Years ago, you served my father in the Clone Wars. Now he begs you to help him in his struggle against the Empire. I regret that I am unable to present my father's request to you in person, but my ship has fallen under attack and I'm afraid my mission to bring you to Alderaan has failed. I have placed information vital to the survival of the Rebellion into the memory systems of this R2 unit. My father will know how to retrieve it. You must see this droid safely delivered to him on Alderaan. This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope. [looks to the side quickly, then crouches to end the message]

Obi-Wan:
[to Luke] You must learn the ways of the Force if you're to come with me to Alderaan.

Luke:
Alderaan? I'm not going to Alderaan. I've got to go home. It's late, I'm in for it as it is.

Obi-Wan:
I need your help, Luke. She needs your help. I'm getting too old for this sort of thing.

Luke:
Listen, I can't get involved! I've got work to do! It's not that I like the Empire, I hate it, but there's nothing I can do about it right now. It's such a long way from here.

Obi-Wan:
That's your uncle talking.

Luke:
Oh, boy, my uncle. How am I ever gonna explain this?

Obi-Wan:
[pleading] Learn about the Force, Luke.

Luke:
Look, I can take you as far as Anchorhead. You can get a transport there to Mos Eisley or wherever you're going.

Obi-Wan:
[resigned] You must do what you feel is right, of course.

Cassio Tagge:
Until this battle station is fully operational, we are vulnerable. The Rebel Alliance is too well equipped. They're more dangerous than you realize!

Conan Antonio Motti:
Dangerous to your starfleet, Commander. Not to this battle station.

Tagge:
The Rebellion will continue to gain a support in the Imperial Senate, until...

Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin:
[walking in with Darth Vader] The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I have just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.

Tagge:
That's impossible! How will the Emperor maintain control without the bureaucracy?

Tarkin:
The regional governors now have direct control over their territories. Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this battle station.

Tagge:
And what of the Rebellion? If the Rebels have obtained a complete technical readout of this station, it is possible — however unlikely — that they might find a weakness and exploit it.

Darth Vader:
The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.

Motti:
Any attack made by the Rebels against this station would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical data they've obtained. This station is now the ultimate power in the universe! I suggest we use it.

Vader:
Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

Motti:
Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. [Vader walks toward Motti, then slowly raises his hand] Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes or given you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebels' hidden fortr–– [grasps his throat as if he is being choked]

Vader:
I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Tarkin:
Enough of this. Vader, release him!

Vader:
As you wish. [drops his hand and Motti's head hits the table as he regains his breath]

Tarkin:
This bickering is pointless. Lord Vader will provide us with the location of the Rebel fortress by the time this station is operational. We will then crush the Rebellion with one swift stroke.

Leia:
Governor Tarkin. I should have expected to find you holding Vader's leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought onboard.

Tarkin:
Charming to the last. You don't know how hard I found it, signing the order to terminate your life.

Leia:
[sarcastically] I'm surprised you had the courage to take the responsibility yourself.

Tarkin:
Princess Leia, before your execution, I would like you to be my guest at a ceremony that will make this battle station operational. No star system will dare oppose the Emperor now.

Leia:
The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.

Tarkin:
Not after we demonstrate the power of this station. In a way, you have determined the choice of the planet that will be destroyed first. Since you are reluctant to provide us with the location of the Rebel base, I have chosen to test this station's destructive power on your home planet of Alderaan.

Leia:
[shocked] No! Alderaan is peaceful. We have no weapons. You can't possibly–

Tarkin:
You'd prefer another target? A military target?! Then name the system! [stepping closer to Leia and pinning her against Darth Vader] I grow tired of asking this, so it will be the last time. Where is the Rebel base?

Leia:
[looks at Alderaan for a moment, then, resigned] Dantooine. They're on Dantooine.

Tarkin:
There. You see, Lord Vader? She can be reasonable. [to assistant] Continue with the operation. You may fire when ready.

Leia:
[panicked] What?!

Tarkin:
You are far too trusting. Dantooine is too remote to make an effective demonstration, but don't worry. We will deal with your rebel friends soon enough.

Leia:
No!

Officer:
Commence primary ignition.

[Leia watches in horror as the Death Star fires and destroys Alderaan]

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