Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Never tell him the odds.

20182 h 15 min

Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian.

Director Ron Howard
Runtime 2 h 15 min
Release Date 23 May 2018
Movie Rating Very good

The galaxy is in a state of disorder, with criminal syndicates competing for valuable resources such as hyperfuel. On the shipbuilding world of Corellia, orphaned children are made to steal in order to survive, and a young Han and his lover Qi’ra long to escape the clutches of a local criminal gang. They successfully bribe an Imperial officer who grants them passage on an outgoing transport, but Qi’ra is apprehended by their pursuers before she can board. Han vows to return for her, and with no means of income, joins the Imperial Navy as a flight cadet, with the Imperial recruiting officer dubbing him “Han Solo” in absence of a surname.

Three years later, Han has been expelled from the Imperial Flight Academy for insubordination, and is serving as an infantryman during a battle on the planet Mimban. He encounters a gang of criminals posing as Imperial soldiers led by Tobias Beckett and his crew that consist of his wife Val and a four-armed alien named Rio Daurant. He tries to blackmail them into allowing him to join, but Beckett has him arrested and condemned to battle a “beast” held in captivity. The beast is revealed to be a Wookiee named Chewbacca. Owing to Han’s ability to speak Shyriiwook, the two stage a fight for the benefit of their captors and escape after collapsing their cell. A sympathetic Beckett rescues them, and enlists the two for a planned train heist to steal a shipment of the hyperfuel coaxium on the planet Vandor. The marauder Enfys Nest and her crew show up and Rio and Val are killed. They get put into a difficult position when Han, on the ship, is pulling one side while Nest and her crew pull on the other side. Han enrages Beckett when Han ditches their shipment.

Beckett reveals he was ordered to steal the shipment for Dryden Vos, leader of the Crimson Dawn criminal syndicate, and he now fears Vos’ wrath. Han and Chewbacca volunteer to help him steal another shipment. They travel to Vos’ yacht where Han is confused to discover Qi’ra, who confesses that she is a member of Crimson Dawn. Han announces a plan to steal unrefined coaxium from the mines on Kessel. Vos insists on Qi’ra accompanying them. To procure a ship for the heist, Qi’ra introduces the team to Lando Calrissian, an accomplished smuggler and pilot. Han challenges Lando to a game of sabacc, with the wager being Lando’s ship, reputed to be the fastest in the galaxy. Lando uses sleight of hand to win but is convinced to join the mission in exchange for a share of the profits. The team boards his ship—the Millennium Falcon—and head for Kessel. After reaching the planet and infiltrating the mine, Lando’s droid co-pilot L3-37 instigates a riot. They use the confusion to steal a consignment of unprocessed, volatile coaxium, but L3 is severely damaged and Lando injured during the escape. Han pilots the ship, knowing that they must make the infamous “Kessel Run” in less than twenty parsecs if they are to reach Vos before the coaxium explodes. Han’s prodigious piloting skills allow them to evade an Imperial blockade and they rendezvous with Vos on the planet Savareen, although the Falcon receives severe damage during the journey….

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