Chris Conley's Star Wars movie

semerson@macon.comJuly 7, 2014 

Retribution is a Star Wars fan film written and directed by Georgia football player Chris Conley. Infinite Productions and Spirit World Productions set out to create the epic film in November 2013. Directed by: Chris Conley Post Production: Grayson Holt ( Graphic and Title Design: Frank Martin Master Kroi: Jeremy Miller Khari Vion: Chris Conley Apprentice Killian: David Gridley ( Commander Zarra: Leia Boone #StarWarsUGA


In case you haven't seen it yet, Chris Conley's Star Wars-inspired movie has been posted. It co-stars his head coach and most prominent offensive teammate. And the most important thing is to appreciate this sentence: The leading receiver for last year's Georgia football team produced and starred in a Star Wars-lightsaber film.

The film was posted to YouTube, and you can view it at the right. If you're not a Star Wars fan, you might not get it. Then again, one may be able to appreciate it on its own merits. Plus what did you ever do as your college project?

In the film, Conley casts himself as the bad guy, hidden behind a mask. At 6-foot-3, Conley has the presence to be an imposing antagonist, which he appears to be going for with the Bane-like mask. (Bane is from Batman, but whatever.)

Todd Gurley appears about halfway through, and with Superman music. (Touch all the film-nerd favorites. I like it.) Gurley thought before filming that his character would have to be killed off, but he turns out to be, well, Superman.

Mark Richt appears at the 15-minute mark, apparently listening to Mozart, oblivious to the light-saber battle behind him. This is very unrealistic, as Richt would not be listening to Mozart. Brahms, maybe.

It's a very action-oriented movie, which is sort of the point with a light-saber film. The overall production value is very good. You may argue that the characters could be developed more, but hey, it's a 26-minute movie, and under those conditions it's an enjoyable little romp.

Most of all, we can all agree it's better than "Phantom Menace."

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