Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is a 2002 American epic space opera film directed by George Lucas and written by Lucas and Jonathan Hales. It is the fifth film to be released in the Star Wars saga and the second in terms of the series' internal chronology.
The Galactic Republic is in turmoil following the invasion of Naboo 10 years ago, and Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) has now organized a Separatist movement against the Republic. The Republic, in hopes of creating an army to assist the Jedi, has Senator Padmé Amidala return to Coruscant to cast a vote. Upon her arrival, she escapes an assassination attempt. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine assigns Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) to protect her. Obi-Wan and Anakin subdue the assassin during another assassination attempt. However, the assassin is killed by her employer, using a poisonous dart manufactured on the planet Kamino. Returning to the Jedi Temple, Obi-Wan is assigned to investigate the identity of the employer, while Anakin is assigned to escort and accompany Padmé to her home planet of Naboo. Anakin relishes the opportunity to spend time with her, and they fall in love. In investigating the remote ocean planet of Kamino, Obi-Wan discovers that it has been removed from the navigation maps of the Jedi archives. Yoda reveals that such a thing could only have been done by a Jedi, suggesting that a conspiracy is afoot.
Obi-Wan heads to Kamino, where he discovers that an army of clone troopers is being secretly produced for the Republic, using a bounty hunter named Jango Fett (Temuera Morrison) as their genetic template. Realizing that Jango is the employer, Obi-Wan tracks Jango and his son Boba (Daniel Logan) to Geonosis, a desert planet used for creating droids. Meanwhile, Anakin becomes troubled by premonitions of his mother Shmi in pain. Despite Obi-Wan's orders to remain on Naboo, Anakin persuades Padmé to accompany him to Tatooine. After finding Shmi—tortured to death by a tribe of Tusken Raiders—Anakin snaps and kills the entire tribe before burying his mother.
Having learned that Count Dooku authorized the assassination attempt on Padmé and that the Separatists are developing a new battle droid army, Obi-Wan relays this information via hologram to Anakin, who transmits it to the Jedi Council. However, Obi-Wan is captured by Dooku mid-transmission; he also reveals to Obi-Wan that the Republic is controlled by Darth Sidious. While Anakin and Padmé head to Geonosis to rescue Obi-Wan, Chancellor Palpatine is granted emergency powers to organize the clone army and send them into battle. Shortly after arriving on Geonosis, Anakin and Padmé are captured and sentenced to be executed along with Obi-Wan. Anakin and Padmé profess their love, and Anakin, Padmé and Obi-Wan are pitted against gigantic beasts. However, Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) and a team of Jedi appears and lead a strong defense against the beasts and the Separatists. Windu singlehandedly kills Jango in a brief battle. Yoda eventually arrives with the clone army and rescues the survivors of the battle.
As a large battle erupts between the Republic's clone army and the Separatist's droid forces. Obi-Wan, Anakin and Dooku engage in a lightsaber duel. Dooku defeats Obi-Wan and severs Anakin's right arm, disarming him, and Yoda engages Dooku. Unfortunately, Dooku flees in his ship to Coruscant, taking the plans to create an ultimate weapon with him. The Jedi are uncertain of what will become of the Republic, now that the Clone Wars have begun. As Palpatine oversees the launching of several clone troopers, Anakin —who is fitted with an artificial arm— and Padmé marry privately on Naboo, with C-3PO and R2-D2 as witnesses.
Padme: We used to come here for school retreat. We would swim to that island every day. I love the water. We used to lie out on the sand and let the sun dry us and try to guess the names of the birds singing.
Anakin: I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is soft and smooth.
Anakin: I wasn't strong enough to save you mom. I wasn't strong enough, but I promise I won't fail again.
Count Dooku: As you can see, my Jedi powers are far beyond yours. Now, back down.
(shoots Sith lighting at Obi-Wan who blocks it with his lightsaber)
Obi-Wan: I don't think so.
|Release Date||16 May 2002|
|US Box Office||$311,000,000|
|Tagline||A Jedi Shall Not Know Anger. Nor Hatred. Nor Love.|
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi|
|Filming Locations||Chott el Djerid, Nefta, Tunisia|
|Sound Mix||DTS-ES, Dolby Digital EX, SDDS|
|Film Class||Space Adventure, Sci-Fi Action|
|Mood||Thrill Rides, Other Dimensions|
|Themes||Space Wars, Star-Crossed Lovers, Conspiracies, Assassination Plots, Robots and Androids, Heroic Mission|
|Tones||Rousing, Tense, Sweeping, Ominous, Forceful, Atmospheric|