This, you sense, is one messed up kid an impression reinforced by his struggle with the seduction of the light side. The First Order arose from the dark side, says Max von Sydow's Lor San Tekka. You did not. And yet Ren is casually formidable, freezing a blaster bolt with a wave of his hand and halting opposition with a thought.
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He has the most interesting arc in the film, even more so than Boyega, and while he will most decidedly not be a fan favourite, he is an astonishing bad guy. Ren stands alongside Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux, a sneer given human form, and commands the ruthless Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie). We don't see a huge amount of Ren's leader and mentor, the immensely awful Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), but it's clear that he is a bigger threat than the Emperor was, and carries a much bigger stick.
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