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"They aim to misbehave."
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 1 hr 59 min
  • 7.8  (304,388)
  • 74

Serenity is a 2005 sci-fi film directed by Joss Whedon, following the successful run of his cult-favorite TV series, "Firefly." Set in the distant future, the movie follows the adventures of a diverse crew of space smugglers and their captain, Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds, played by Nathan Fillion. The crew of the spaceship Serenity consists of Zoe (Gina Torres), Mal's second-in-command and a former soldier; Wash (Alan Tudyk), the ship's pilot and Zoe's husband; Jayne (Adam Baldwin), a hired gun; Kaylee (Jewel Staite), the ship's mechanic; Inara (Morena Baccarin), a high-end escort; and Shepherd Book (Ron Glass), a preacher. The movie also features Chiwetel Ejiofor as The Operative, a cold-blooded assassin hired by the ruling government known as The Alliance.

The story is set in a universe where Earth has become uninhabitable and humanity has colonized a distant star system. The Alliance, which rules over the colonized worlds, has faced resistance in the form of a group of rebels called the Browncoats. Mal and Zoe fought alongside the Browncoats in the war for independence, but they were ultimately defeated. In the aftermath, Mal became a smuggler and formed his crew.

The story begins with the crew taking on two new passengers: Simon (Sean Maher), a doctor, and his sister River (Summer Glau). River is a mysterious, mentally unstable young woman who has been subjected to secret Alliance experiments, which have given her extraordinary abilities. The Alliance is desperate to capture her and the secrets she holds.

The crew of Serenity soon realizes that River is a ticking time bomb. She knows something that could bring down the Alliance, and they will stop at nothing to get it back. The Alliance sends the Operative after Serenity and its crew, leading to an epic confrontation that will test the loyalty and bravery of Mal and his crew.

The movie is a thrilling adventure that blends elements of action, humor, and drama. The chemistry between the characters is impeccable, with each member of the crew given their chance to shine. The witty banter and one-liners are a hallmark of Joss Whedon's writing, and they are on full display in this film.

The action scenes are well-choreographed, with a mix of practical and digital effects. The movie's score, composed by David Newman, adds to the tension and excitement of the action sequences.

Serenity also explores themes of loyalty, family, and the importance of freedom. The Browncoats fought for independence because they believed in the right to live their lives on their own terms. Mal and his crew embody this spirit, and they will do whatever it takes to protect one another and their way of life.

Overall, Serenity is a masterpiece of sci-fi storytelling. It combines complex characters, thrilling action, and thought-provoking themes into a must-see adventure. It's a shame that the movie was not successful enough to warrant a sequel, but its cult following remains strong to this day.

Serenity is a 2005 science fiction movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 59 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.8 and a MetaScore of 74.

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    7.8  (304,388)
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