Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the ClonesMay 16, 2002
Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé Amidala while his teacher, Obi-Wan Kenobi, makes an investigation of a separatist assassination attempt on Padmé which leads to the discovery of a secret Republican clone army.
Release Year: 2002
Rating: 6.8/10 (209,707 voted)
Critic's Score: 53/100
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen
Ten years after the 'Phantom Menace' threatened the planet Naboo, Padmé Amidala is now a Senator representing her homeworld. A faction of political separatists, led by Count Dooku, attempts to assassinate her. There are not enough Jedi to defend the Republic against the threat, so Chancellor Palpatine enlists the aid of Jango Fett, who promises that his army of clones will handle the situation. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan Kenobi continues to train the young Jedi Anakin Skywalker, who fears that the Jedi code will forbid his growing romance with Amidala.
Writers: George Lucas, George Lucas
Samuel L. Jackson
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Senator Bail Organa
Jar Jar Binks
The Clones Are Coming
Release Date: 16 May 2002
Filming Locations: Chott el Djerid, Nefta, Tunisia
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $80,027,814
(19 May 2002)
(10 December 2011)
Did You Know?
Both this film and
Minority Report, directed by George Lucas' pal Steven Spielberg, have similar factory chase scenes.
Crew or equipment visible:
When Count Dooku addresses the Jedi just before the Clones come to their rescue, the wisps of his hair on the left appear green.
Senator, we're making our final approach into Coruscant.
Very good, Lieutenant.
I loved it and I think it's getting too much criticism
I happen to be one of the folks who really has enjoyed these films in the
prequel trilogy. I also can see why people would not like the films and I
don't deny people the right to their opinion. What has been bothering me
has been some of the reasons people are giving for hating these new films…
they are childish, they have too many special-effects, the acting is bad,
the writing is bad, Lucas has sold out and has lost his touch… it makes me
wonder if people are actually remembering the original trilogy correctly.
Don't get me wrong, I love the original trilogy, but they weren't exactly
well-acted or well-written movies. We didn't love them because they were
these great Shakespearian works of art; we loved them because we were little
kids totally enraptured by this exciting fantastical world. It seems that
those same kids that loved the films 20 years ago have grown up into stuffy
old yuppies that have no idea how to have fun anymore. Our generation has
grown up and it seems that we wanted Star Wars to grow up with us, to morph
into some new R-rated grown up version to satisfy our more mature needs.
Well, we didn't like the original trilogy because it was all grown up and
serious. We liked it because it was silly and fun and awesome to look at.
I am personally glad that George Lucas did not make the prequels into a new
grown up version. I like the adventure and excitement and I challenge the
one major complaint that says that they do not live up to the originals.
Let's look at what people have complained about when comparing these to the
-The new movies are too childish and geared towards kids: So, somehow we're
supposed to believe that the droids, aliens, spaceships swamp monsters, and
warriors with mystical powers from the original trilogy were of the more
-The new movies have too many special effects: We're forgetting that the
original movies were also special effects laden. Lucas has always pushed
the limits of technology, even inventing new technology all the way. He has
not sold out or changed or just now relied on special effects, he has always
concentrated on the effects. If he had digital technology 20 years ago, he
would have done the same thing then that he has now. That's what he does;
he makes up worlds that don't exist and then comes up with a way to put them
-The writing has been bad on the new films: Does anybody recall Lucas ever
receiving a Pulitzer Prize?
-The acting has been bad on the new films: Carrie Fisher??? Mark Hamill???
Harrison Ford??? We're not exactly talking about Academy Award winners
here. Name me one of the original main actors who was actually a great
actor (other than Sir Alec). Now, Harrison Ford has had a great career, but
he's no Jack Nicholson. And where are Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill
-Anakin is just a whiny little brat: Does anybody also remember how whiny
Luke was in the first two movies? I mean, he did nothing but whine and
complain until Jedi. And how many times did they say that Luke was just
like his father? Should anybody then be surprised that Anakin was a whiny
I think my point here is that people from my generation have taken something
they loved as a kid and put it up on a pedestal so high that they are
confused as to why they liked it. They think the original movies were these
serious Academy Award caliber pieces of art and that's why they liked them.
In fact, we liked them because they were cool and had monsters and space
battles and there were toys that we could play with and have fun. The new
movies are of the same mold as the original, they are unchanged. WE have
changed and we're having a hard time dealing with that fact. Some would
argue that these movies are not true Star Wars movies. I say, they are
exactly the same… that's why I love them. If I want a serious film, I'll
go find somethings starring Daniel Day-Lewis. I like action and science
fiction, so I'll stick to the childish, poorly acted stuff.