Little known sci-fi film worth a watch

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First Posted: 3/27/2015

Amazingly a great number of phenomenal films slip through the cracks and somehow manage to escape public awareness. Some of these films become cult classics and go on to find a great number of fans while other linger in obscurity and unfortunately remain forgotten.

Regrettably “Star Wars” has long lingered in relative obscurity since its initial release in 1977. Whether it be the timing of the initial release or simply that it was too farfetched for the public to grasp, it has long been a forgotten gem.

The film is heavily entrenched in the current civil war within the galaxy and spies for the Rebel Alliance have stolen plans to the Galactic Empire’s Death Star, a heavily armed and armored space station capable of destroying an entire planet.

Rebel leader Princess Leia, portrayed by still unknown actress Carrie Fisher, is in possession of the plans, but her ship is captured by imperial forces under the command of the evil Darth Vader. Before she is captured, she hides the plans in the memory of a droid called R2-D2, along with a holographic recording. The droid, accompanied by fellow protocol droid C-3PO, escape from the captured ship to the desert planet Tatooine.

The droids are captured by Jawa traders, who sell the pair to moisture farmers Owen and Beru Lars and their nephew, Luke Skywalker. While cleaning R2-D2, Luke accidentally triggers part of Leia’s message, in which she requests help from Obi-Wan Kenobi. After wondering if she is referring to Ben Kenobi, a hermit living nearby, Luke retires for the evening. The next morning, Luke finds R2-D2 searching for Obi-Wan, and meets Ben, who reveals himself to be Obi-Wan.

Obi-Wan tells Luke of his days as a Jedi Knight, who were a faction of former galactic peacekeepers with supernatural powers derived from an energy field called the Force, and who were conquered by the Empire. Luke next learns that his father fought alongside Obi-Wan as a Jedi Knight before he was betrayed and killed by Vader.

Luke is asked by Obi-Wan to join him as a student of the Force and rescue the princess. Luke of course takes him up on the offer and they set about their adventure.

Star Wars is filled with many cutting edge graphics that make it a wonder how they were able to afford them considering the very small limited release that this film seemed to receive.

There is little violence or language in this film so it is most certainly appropriate for all ages. Many children will love this film as well and it is great for the whole family.

While Star Wars has long been forgotten it still deserves to be seen by a modern day audience!