Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is a 2002 American science-fiction action film directed by George Lucas and produced by Rick McCallum. It is the sequel to Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, the first in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. It was produced by Lucasfilms and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It was released on May 16, 2002.
The Galactic Republic is threatened by the Separatist Alliance, a movement led by former Jedi Master Count Dooku. Senator Padme Amidala, while arriving at Coruscant, the capital of the Republic, avoids an assassination attempt involving the destruction of her transportation ship. In response, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine puts Padme under the protection of Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who harbors an attraction to Padme. Soon afterwards, bounty hunter Zam Wesell makes another assassination attempt on Padme, but is foiled by the Jedi. Zam flees and is pursued by Obi-Wan and Anakin through the city, leading them to a bar tavern. There, Zam attempts to kill Obi-Wan, but is disarmed and captured. As the Jedi interrogate her, a second bounty hunter kills her with a poison dart.
Following the incident, the Jedi Councl send Obi-Wan on a mission to investigate the murder while Anakin is to escort Padme to Naboo. Gungan representative Jar Jar Binks assumes Padme's duties as senator in her absence. Obi-Wan arrives at the planet Kamino, where he discovers that a secret clone army has been developed to serve the Republic. Obi-Wan is informed by the Kaminoan Prime Minister that the army was issued a decade ago by Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas, who died around the same time. While at Kamino, Obi-Wan meets bounty hunter Jango Fett, who is the template for the clones. Obi-Wan realizes Jango to be Zam's killer and attempts to apprehend him, but Jango escapes Kamino with the assistance of Boba, a clone who Jango had adopted as his son.
Anakin admits his feelings for Padme at Naboo, but she tells him that it would be impossible for the two to be together, as marriage is forbidden to Jedi. Afterwards, Anakin experiences dreams of his mother Shmi dying, and he arrives his home planet, Tatooine, along with Padme. Anakin discovers that his former master Watto sold his mother to a farmer outside of the Tatooine capital. Anakin arrives at the farm and meets his stepbrother Owen, his fiancee Beru, and his stepfather Kleg Lars. The family explains that Shmi was abducted by local Tusken Raiders a month beforehand. Anakin journeys to the Tusken community and manages to find Shmi. However, his mother soon dies as a result of her previous tortures from the Tusken Raiders. In a fit of rage, Anakin slaughters the Tusken community to avenge his mother's death.
Obi-Wan tracks Jango to the planet of Geonosis, where he discovers Count Dooku to be in allegiance with Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray. The Separatist Alliance has constructed a droid army and Gunray has ordered the assassinations on Padme in retaliation for his capture by her years ago. Obi-Wan relays the information to Anakin, but is captured by battle droids. The information comes to the attention of the Jedi Council, and Jedi Mater Mace Windu leads a team of Jedi to Geonosis while Jar Jar calls for Chancellor Palpatine to be given emergency power to allow the clone army to be used to battle the droid army.
Count Dooku informs Obi-Wan that the Senate is being controlled by a Sith Lord known as Darth Sidious, but Obi-Wan refuses to believe him. Anakin and Padme arrive at Geonois, but are captured by Jango Fett. After Obi-Wan refuses the chance to join the Separatist Alliance, he, Anakin and Padme and scheduled to be executed in an arena by three monsters. The three escape and attempt to flee on one of the monsters, but security droids are unleashed to capture them. At that moment, the Jedi team arrives at the arena and battles Dooku's droid army. During the battle, Jango is killed by Mace Windu. However, the Jedi sustain heavy casualties and they are overwhelmed by the battle droids. Dooku reluctantly orders the battle droids to execute the Jedi. However, Jedi Master Yoda arrives with the clone army who rescue the Jedi. As the Jedi flee, Boba mourns Jango's death.
A massive battle ensues between the Republic clone army and the battle droids, during which Dooku attempts to flee. Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Padme follow Dooku on a gunship, but Padme is knocked out of the ship. Anakin and Obi-Wan manage to track Dooku to a hangar. Dooku battles the Jedi, injuring Obi-Wan and severing Anakin's right arm. Yoda then arrives at the hangar and duels Dooku. Realizing he is outmatched by Yoda, Dooku causes a support pylon to drop towards Obi-Wan and Anakin. Yoda uses the force to stop the pylon, allowing Dooku to escape with secret plans for a new weapon, the Death Star. Dooku arrives at Coruscant, where he meets his master, Darth Sidious, who is pleased that war between the Republic and the Separatists has begun.
The Jedi return to Coruscant, where Obi-Wan informs the Jedi Council of Dooku's warning that the Senate is being controlled by the Sith. Though the Jedi are hesitant to believe this, they agree to monitor the Senate for suspicious activity. Though the Jedi state the battle on Geonosis was a victory for the Republic, Yoda confesses to the battle of Geonosis being only the beginning of the Clone Wars. Meanwhile, Anakin, whose arm has been replaced with a robotic arm, secretly marries Padme on Naboo, with droids R2-D2 and C-3PO as the only witnesses.
- Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
- Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala.
- Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker.
- Christopher Lee as Count Dooku.
- Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu.
- Frank Oz as Yoda.
- Ian McDiarmid as Chancellor Palpatine.
- Pernilla August as Shmi Skywalker.
- Temuera Morrison as Jango Fett.
- Daniel Logan as Boba Fett.
- Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa.
- Jack Thompson as Cliegg Lars.
- Leeanna Walsman as Zam Wesell.
- Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks/Achk Med-Beq.
- Rose Byrne as Dorme.