Rogue One has finally landed, and its thrilling depiction of war within the Star Wars universe will leave you begging for more... but what if you've already watched the rest of the franchise?
For the first time ever in the history of cinema, audiences can leave an epic blockbuster and go watch the sequel straight away in the comfort of their own homes — but there's only so many times that people can re-watch Star Wars: A New Hope before they need to mix things up.
Fortunately for fans of Rogue One, Movie Pilot are on hand to help. After taking the time to scour through the known galaxy, we've found 5 films that will help fill that Rogue One-filled hole in your life with some of the same intergalactic thrills — but you know, on Earth.
1. Saving Private Ryan (1998) — The One With Savage Warfare And Flying Body Parts
It's impossible to discuss modern war films without referring to Steven Spielberg's modern classic, #SavingPrivateRyan, which redefined everything that the genre was capable of. Few films from the past 50 years evoke the gritty reality of warfare in such a harrowing light, and it's clear that director Gareth Edwards drew inspiration here for the final act of Rogue One. Without Saving Private Ryan, we wouldn't have any of the war-torn fuckery that takes place on the planet Scarif.
2. Blade Runner (1982) — The One With The Mind-Melding Fusion Of Genres That Will Mess With Your Head, Yet Make Total Sense
Imagine the ultimate hard-boiled detective thriller, and now throw in a bunch of neon signs, hover-ships and robot owls. Such a description only begins to scratch the surface of #BladeRunner, Ridley Scott's dystopian classic that skewed our perceptions of genre through the prism of sci-fi. While Rogue One shares Blade Runner's love of artificial life and grimy cityscapes, at the heart of both films is a willingness to blur the lines of genre, creating a hybrid that draws from the best of sci-fi and war or noir.
3. Aliens (1986) — The One With The Badass Soldiers Who Give Zero Fucks
#StarWars is no stranger to the concept of war, often pitting the Rebels against the Imperial Forces in huge, epic battles — but never before has the franchise taken us so close to the lives of everyday people who choose to join the fight. While the soldiers in #Aliens are more brash about their fate, both them and the protagonists of Rogue One are more than aware of how combat changes a person, understanding both the risks and painful necessity of war itself.
4. Children Of Men (2006) — The One That Will Make You Go All Existential And Question The Random Brutality Of Death
Never before has a Disney blockbuster movie disposed of its central characters in such a random and brutal manner — but then again, Rogue One is not like most Disney films. Despite its PG-13 rating, the latest addition to the Star Wars franchise takes us to some remarkably dark places, killing people off in a way that few movies have dared to attempt since Alfonso Cuarón blew our minds with #ChildrenOfMen over a decade ago. Not for the faint of heart, this grimy, dystopian view of the future imagines how society would collapse if the birth rate dropped to non-existence, reminding us exactly how fragile life can be.
5. Glory (1989) — The One Where The Inevitability Of Death Is Pretty Goddamn Harrowing, But Also Full Of Dignity, Kinda
There's one sequence towards the end of Rogue One where a key character realizes that death is imminent, yet rather than collapse or spout lyrical about the meaning of life, he bravely soldiers on, determined to take out as many Imperial soldiers as he can before he draws his last breath. The sheer balls that this takes instantly made me recall the suicide mission that forms the central narrative in Glory, a film that confronts the reality of knowing death is approaching in a way that no other movie has matched today.
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When you've finished binging each of these films, make sure you force them on your friends too for the full Rogue One experience. Force... Get it? Ah, never mind. Just go binge Rogue One again instead.