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Star wars II: Attack of the clones - Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, George Lucas

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A Jedi shall not know hatred, nor anger, nor love.

Ten years after the events of The phantom menace, not only has the galaxy undergone significant change, but so have our familiar heroes Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) as they are thrown together again for the first time since the Trade Federation invasion of Naboo. Anakin has grown into the accomplished Jedi apprentice of Obi-Wan, who himself has transitioned from student to teacher. The two Jedi are assigned to protect Padmé whose life is threatened by a faction of political separatists. As powerful forces prepare to collide in epic battle, Anakin and Padmé find themselves torn between duty and honour and a love that is forbidden. These heroes face choices that will impact not only their own fates, but also the destiny of the galaxy.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film science fiction action adventure force Jedi Sith Empire Palpatine Anakin Skywalker Obi Wan Kenobi

Persons of interest

  • Ewan McGregor .... Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Hayden Christensen .... Anakin Skywalker
  • Natalie Portman .... Padmé Amidala
  • Samuel L Jackson .... Mace Windu
  • Pernilla August .... Shmi Skywalker
  • Ian McDiarmid .... Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
  • Anthony Daniels .... C-3PO
  • Kenny Baker .... R2-D2
  • Ahmed Best .... Jar Jar Binks
  • Christopher Lee .... Count Dooku
  • Temuera Morrison .... Jango Fett
  • Joel Edgerton .... Owen Lars
  • Bonnie Piesse .... Beru
  • Frank Oz .... Yoda
  • George Lucas .... Storywriter
  • Jonathan Hales .... Screenwriter
  • George Lucas .... Screenwriter
  • George Lucas .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Yes! Attack of the clones is everything that The phantom menace could've been, should've been and wasn't. It has intrigue, mystery, thrills, special effects, gore, glory, anger, fear, agony and menace. And Yoda goes postal! Woo hoo!

Hayden Christensen is a great choice for the role of Anakin: he has the gawkiness of adolescence, he's as cute as a dream and he can act. Even when he's whining he's intriguing. He also does great things with a light-sabre (when he hasn't lost or broken it: a wonderful example of the unco nature of adolescence - in fact, Anakin is the picture of teenage rebellion (delayed due to his Jedi training), blaming his replacement father (Obi-Wan) for holding him back and an incipient Oedipal complex, adoring his mother in a deep and intimate fashion - puberty sucks).

Meanwhile, Ewan McGregor is Obi-Wan: he's powerful, he's wise, he's mature... the force is with him. Despite having to perform in someone else's character, Ewan rules.

And Yoda rocks. He takes a much more active part in this episode than he did in any of the others, leading the council, engaging with the senate, training the kiddie padawans (cute!), leading the battle and battling the baddies. Part of that is the move from puppetry to CGI (he has a much bigger range of expression) and part is the improved scripting. Finally you understand why Yoda is head of the Jedi Council, finally you know just how strong with the force he is. Woo hoo! The battle with Dooku is wild.

Beyond that, George Lucas gives you a greater sense of the galaxy in which this saga takes place. There is greater depth to Coruscant than fairy towers and flying cars: the senate exists in a rarefied atmosphere of deals and assassinations while ordinary people eat breakfast in diners run by four-armed short order cooks. The Jedi knights are like the United Nations peacekeepers, hard to find and never doing what you expect. You just know that someone has a list of Jedi jokes on their web site ("Top ten other uses for a Jedi light-sabre").

Ultimately, you have to take Star wars II: Attack of the clones on George's stated intentions. He promised a Saturday matinée action adventure and that's what he's delivered, in spades. The film won't stand on its own but it fits perfectly the episodic nature of the saga. See it, live it, love it.

PS: 1 point off for making Anakin say "mom". That word is used only in a small regional dialect and should've been replaced with "mum" (World English), although even "mother" would've been better.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby 5.1 Surround EX
  • Disc: Single side, single layer
  • Features:
    • Disc 1:
      • Feature captured and created directly from the digital source
      • Commentary: George Lucas, Producer Rick McCallum, Sound Designer Ben Burtt, ILM Animation Director Rob Coleman, ILM Visual Effects Supervisors Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow
    • Disc 2:
      • Deleted scenes: 8 created just for this release, each with introductions from George Lucas, Rick McCallum and Ben Burtt
      • Documentaries:
        • Comprehensive, award-winning, 12-part web documentary series
        • Films are not released: they escape Ben Burtt and his team explain the process of creating the sound
        • From puppets to pixels featuring the creation of digital Yoda, Dexter Jettster and more
        • State of the art: the pre-visualisation of Episode II
      • DVD-ROM: Web link to exclusive Star wars content
      • Featurettes: general storyline, action scenes and love story
      • Gallery: production photo gallery with special caption feature
      • Music video: Across the stars featuring John Williams
      • Theatrical posters and print campaign from around the world
      • Trailers:
        • Theatrical teasers
        • Launch trailer
        • 12 TV spots
        • R2-D2: Beneath the Dome mockumentary trailer
      • Visual effects breakdown montage
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish

Media intelligence (VHS)

  • Deleted scenes: 6
  • Star wars: Connections: R2-D2 and C-3PO explain the Star wars story to new fans of the series

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Surveillance time

142 minutes (2:22 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 16 May 2002
DVD retail: 13 November 2002
VHS retail: 13 November 2002

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Full cast list
  • Ewan McGregor .... Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Natalie Portman .... Padmé
  • Hayden Christensen .... Anakin Skywalker
  • Christopher Lee .... Count Dooku
  • Samuel L Jackson .... Mace Windu
  • Frank Oz .... Yoda
  • Ian McDiarmid .... Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
  • Pernilla August .... Shmi Skywalker
  • Temuera Morrison .... Jango Fett
  • Jimmy Smits .... Senator Bail Organa
  • Jack Thompson .... Cliegg Lars
  • Leeanna Walsman .... Zam Wesell
  • Ahmed Best .... Jar Jar Binks
  • Rose Byrne .... Dormé
  • Oliver Ford Davies .... Sio Bibble
  • Ronald Falk .... Dexter Jettster
  • Jay Laga'Aia .... Captain Typho
  • Andrew Secombe .... Watto
  • Anthony Daniels .... C-3PO
  • Silas Carson .... Ki-Adi-Mundi & Nute Gunray
  • Ayesha Dharker .... Queen Jamillia
  • Daniel Logan .... Boba Fett
  • Joel Edgerton .... Owen Lars
  • Bonnie Maree Piesse .... Beru
  • Anthony Phelan .... the voice of Lama Su
  • Rena Owen .... the voice of Taun We
  • Alethea McGrath .... Madame Jocasta Nu
  • Susie Porter .... Hermione Bagwa
  • Matt Doran .... Elan Sleazebaggano
  • Alan Ruscoe .... Lott Dod
  • Matt Sloan .... Plo Koon
  • Veronica Segura .... Cordé
  • David Bowers .... Mas Amedda
  • Steve John Shepherd .... Naboo Lieutenant
  • Bodie "Tihoi" Taylor .... Clone Trooper
  • Matt Rowan .... Senator Orn Free Taa
  • Steven Boyle .... Senator Ask Aak
  • Zachariah Jensen .... Kit Fisto
  • Alex Knoll .... JK Burtola
  • Phoebe Yiamkiati .... Mari Amithest
  • Kenny Baker .... R2-D2
  • Jerome Blake .... Oppo Rancisis
  • Hassani Shapi .... Eeth Koth
  • Gin .... Adi Gallia
  • Khan Bonfils .... Saesee Tiin
  • Michaela Cottrell .... Even Piell
  • Dipika O'Neill Joti .... Depa Billaba

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