Rogue One

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Plus Points +: The overall change of tone as compared to the other films. Very well choreographed scenes and well done CGI for some older characters.
Negative Points –: The darker feeling of the film might not be liked by new or young fans.

Rogue One is set some time after Revenge of the Sith and immediately before A New Hope. The movie tells a story of a group of ragtag rebels trying to steal the plans of the Death Star and explaining the backstory of the Death Star as well. With a good cast, some well inserted humor and emotional scenes, the movie was really good overall.

There will be spoilers from now on, if you have not watched Rogue One, go watch it. 

The early part of the film shows Jyn Erso’s ( Felicity Jones) life when she was a child, where her father Galen Erso ( Mads Mikkelsen) was taken by Director Orson Krennic ( Ben Medesohn) and her mother Lyra Erso ( Valene Kane) was killed.

After the flashbacks, Jyn was recused by Captain Cassian Andor ( Diego Luna) and was brought to Yavin 4 for an questioning by Mon Motha ( Genevieve O’Reilly ) and the other members of the Rebel Council. Afterwards Cassian, Jyn and K-2SO ( Alan Tudyk) was sent to Jedha to kill Saw Gerrera ( Forest Whitaker). While on Jedha, they met Bodhi Rook ( Riz Ahmed), Chirrut Îmwe ( Donnie Yen) and Baze Malbus ( Wen Jiang).

After being captured and shown the footage of Galen exposing the Death Star’s flaw, Director Krennic ordered the Death Star to fire at Jedha, destroying the city that was targeted and killed Saw in the process. After Jedha, the Rogue One crew went to Eadu to assassinate Galen. In the end Jyn and Galen were reunited but he dies in her arms due to a Rebel bombing attack.

After reporting back at Yavin 4, the Rebels were thinking of running, surrendering and other ideas after they learnt about the Death Star. The Rogue One crew  and other rebel soldiers decides to go rogue and go to Scarif to steal the plans themselves. After Jyn, Cassian and K-2S0 infiltrated the main building, the rebel started to attack the planet. Director Orson commanded the garrison to eliminate the threat. Around the same time, the Rebel fleet engaged the Imperial Fleet above Scarif. The dogfight that ensued was shows the Rebel fleet being decimated and the Imperial fleeting being rammed by their own ships.

After Jyn and Cassian reached the data vaults, the Rebel forces are starting to dwindle. As the duo start to search for the plans, the main cast gets killed off one by one. Chirrut and Baze being blown up in a firefight, Bohdi’s ship being blown up by Stormtroopers and K-2SO dying trying to hold off the data vaults. Director Krennic, later confronted Jyn and Cassian in the vaults, injuring Cassian in a fire fight.

Just before Jyn transmitted the plans to the Rebel fleet above, Director Krennic made a last stand, but was wounded by Cassian. After the transmission, the Death Star fired at Scarif, killing the the three of them. With Jyn and Cassian embracing each other on a beach. Before they Rebels can warp away, Darth Vader ( Spencer Wilding and Daniel Naprous as body and James Earl Jones as voice) and his person flagship warped in, destroying the remnants of the Rebels and capturing their flagship.

In the final scene, Darth Vader puts the epic back into the Star Wars, igniting his lightsabre in pitch black darkness and killing the rebels in a brutal but well-choreographed scene. After a corvette escaped the captured flagship Princess Leia saying the that Death Star plans will bring hope the the Rebellion.

Personal Opinion 

Rogue One tries to be different as compared to the other 7 movies. Instead of the good guys always surviving, it depicts the darker, more inhumane things the Rebels do to overthrow the Empire.

The bold move was somewhat refreshing and ties up the huge gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope thanks to Star Wars : Rebels and Rogue One.

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Avegant Glyph

Starting off as a Kickstarter project, the Avegant Glyph’s concept is simple. It brings the movie screen to you. Now don’t be fooled by the way it looks almost identical to a earpiece, there are actually two eye holes inside the head band. The sound does function like a regular earphone though, so you would look like you’re oddly staring at the headband.

The image is projected to the eye hole using a relatively complex micromirror technology by containing chips which contains lots of these tiny mirrors and projecting the image with a precise colour. A resolution of up to 720p is supported.

However, it only works as an external HDMI source so you would need to connect it to another device. This would then mean that you wouldn’t be able to view if you did not have a phone or other external device. But fret not, the Glyph does has a few features to boast about.

For a first, the image quality is relatively decent and a definition of 720p isn’t all that bad either. The device also gives you a really immersive experience, as if you really were watching right from the screen. The fit of the device could be improved however as it does gets uncomfortable after a period of time.

Below the eye holes, there are magnetic nose pads. There is also a cover so that your hair wont be interfering your viewing experience. The Glyph is also sturdy and not that flexible but only to give you a tight and comfortable. This also contributes in removing external sounds but does not have proper noise cancellation features. Nonetheless, it still does its job of giving you that immersive and personal experience.

Setting up the device was not much of a problem as the main focus is only getting the optics right. There would be sliders to aim the image into your eyes and conveniently, you can also tweak the settings if you are vision – impaired, so you wouldn’t have to wear your glasses inside the device.

The result you get is really cinema – like. The areas out of the image are black except below the headband. With the immersive sound kicking in, it certainly does give you a cinematic feeling.

The device also supports 3D viewing if the video source has the feature. This results in a really cool and unique experience as it feels really private and from a first person view it is an amazing experience, as if you were viewing everything again right through your own eyes.

Though being a really creative device, it still feels as if there is still much room for improvement. The device is impressive and unique but it definitely has not reached its top potential yet. That being said, with all its feature, it does come at a overwhelming price of about S$970. Worth it? I guess not. Personally, I would not consider purchasing the Glyph just yet. Waiting for a little more development and stability would probably do no harm at all. That said, this still remains a really exciting product to keep track of.

Photo Courtesy of:http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/4/7491191/vr-company-avegant-shows-off-headphone-inspired-glyph-headset-ces-2015