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Serenity (2005)

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The crew of the ship Serenity try to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their members who is telepathic.

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Joss Whedon

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Joss Whedon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Fillion ... Mal
Gina Torres ... Zoë
Alan Tudyk ... Wash
Morena Baccarin ... Inara
Adam Baldwin ... Jayne
Jewel Staite ... Kaylee
Sean Maher ... Simon
Summer Glau ... River
Ron Glass ... Shepherd Book
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... The Operative
David Krumholtz ... Mr. Universe
Michael Hitchcock ... Dr. Mathias
Sarah Paulson ... Dr. Caron
Yan Feldman ... Mingo
Rafael Feldman ... Fanty
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Storyline

In the future, a spaceship called Serenity is harboring a passenger with a deadly secret. Six rebels on the run. An assassin in pursuit. When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an awesome action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything - or anyone - to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. But, the greatest danger of all may be on their ship. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Can't stop the signal. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action, and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

30 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Firefly: The Movie See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,086,680, 2 October 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,514,517

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,869,464
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2.35 : 1
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When The Operative and Mal are fighting in the temple, The Operative kicks his gun from Mal's hand. The Mal is clearly a stunt double. See more »

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Teacher: Earth that was could no longer sustain our numbers, we were so many. We found a new solar system, dozens of planets and hundreds of moons. Each one terraformed, a process taking decades, to support human life, to be new Earths. The Central Planets formed the Alliance. Ruled by an interplanetary parliament, the Alliance was a beacon of civilization. The savage outer planets were not so enlightened and refused Alliance control. The war was devastating, but the Alliance's victory over...
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Very Cool, Very Enjoyable Sci-Fi
26 July 2006 | by jonathantate76See all my reviews

This is a great movie for anyone who enjoys sci-fi, westerns or sci-fi-westerns. With the Serenity universe, Joss Whedon shows his skills by mixing seemingly opposite ends of the aesthetic/story-telling spectrum to wonderful and entertaining effect:

The old & the new. The familiar & the original. The surreal & the down-to-earth. The flippant & the deadly serious. The fanciful & the realistic.

Sounds like a mess? It's not. The overall feel of the movie is as natural as any other flick you are ever likely to see. This is largely due to the passion of performance delivered by the ensemble cast. Real chemistry. And not a star among them.

The movie follows a group of space outlaws/heroes as they tear around their adopted nu-solar system in a 'Firefly-class' star-ship, generally trying to avoid the authoritarian 'Alliance' and earn their living by hook or by crook. Of course, things get very complicated because they are mainly dangerous fugitives wanted by the law; with some more wanted & dangerous than others.

What sets this movie apart from the average sci-fi caper, though, is it's fresh take on so many elements of the genre. For once, we are seeing a more likely far-flung space movie future with the portrayal of the all-human galaxy, the silent vacuum of space, terra-formed colonies aren't full of sparkling technology and our heroes are more apt to do what's necessary than what's moral. And people dress and talk and act and live as they might if they really lived on the outer-edge frontier planets of this universe.

The dialogue is snappy and funny. The plot is well paced and rewards your attention. The special effects serve the story, not vice-versa.

It's not perfect, though. The occasional plot-hole could make you cringe. But if you can suspend your disbelief for those few moments, I recommend you see this movie if you wanna see a film which is easy to watch yet satisfying because of it's different slant on an often clichéd genre.


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