Overall: 7
Story: 6
Animation: 7
Cinematography: 7
Effects: 8
Sound: 6

Star Wars: Clone Trooper Down

Directed By: Philip Heinrich

Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Parody, Comedy
Length: 0:3:0
Released: July 28th, 2007

Director's Comments

This film was made for LEGO's Star Wars moviemaking competition. It tells the story of Clone Trooper TK-421 as he goes on the journey of a lifetime.

This video was a finalist in the AtomFilms Star Wars fanfilm contest.  Meaning, theoretically, it was seen by George Lucas.

Staff Review

Randy Yard:
Though its basis in the Star Wars universe leaves this film on the precipice of mediocrity before it even begins, there's enough new ground broken here to make this short stand out. Strong effects work is by far and away the most noticeable, as everything from CGI crowds to sparks to dust clouds is rendered in exquisite detail. The story, though somewhat convoluted, is told from the relatively rare viewpoint of a minor (in this case, very minor) character, and this limited perspective of the story's rather unimportant central event is a welcome respite from the grandiose adventures usually featured in other entries into the genre. However, there are some setbacks; for example, all five characters are voiced by the same, unmistakable voice of the film's director, an unfortunate distraction from a story that isn't quite strong enough to be impervious to such competition for the viewer's attention. Worth a look for the effects alone, but there's certainly enough substance here to keep more casual viewers entertained as well.

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