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With all of the constant chatter, especially over the earlier portion of this week in particular, it often feels like all we talk about is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But to be honest, we really don’t know very much about it, and most of what we "know" is based on speculation and rumor. Even with the latest trailer, we’ve only seen a few minutes of footage, but what a few minutes, right? This new video combines all of the trailers Lucasfilm has released thus far into one easy to digest cut.
This mega trailer, if you will, comes from YouTube channel Science Vs. Cinema. If the brief glimpses we’ve had of Star Wars: The Force Awakens up to this point just aren’t enough of a snack to satisfy you, hopefully this will serve as a full meal, at least for the time being.
With a run time of only 3:40, this video also serves as a reminder of just how little of the film we’ve had the chance to see. Which, as much as we talk about The Force Awakens, its characters, potential plot directions, and even possible spoilers, we’re all pretty glad around these parts that things are being kept under wraps. J.J. Abrams may take a lot of heat for his "mystery box" approach, but in this case at least we should be surprised when we sit down in theaters in December.
It’s also pretty cool the way they cut this video together. Instead of just throwing the teasers and trailers together end to end, they string them all together in a way that makes this feel very much like its own, new trailer, despite being entirely made up of footage we’ve encountered before.
There is one minor omission in this video, however. A South Korean TV spot came out a few months back and offered up one new clip that is absent from this video (unless I missed it, which is possible). There’s a kind of reverse shot of that scene where General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) addresses the assembled First Order soldiers, and while it is only a single piece, it provides a nice illustration of the nefarious organization’s true military might.
Given that the latest trailer was dubbed the "final" trailer, you have to wonder if we’re going to actually see any more footage from The Force Awakens before the movie opens. Sure, there will be a big marketing push as we get closer, with TV spots and the like, but it’s easy to imagine that all of those could be constructed out of clips that we’ve already seen. Let’s just say it wouldn’t be a terrible shock of this is it until Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18.