Sunday, July 17, 2011

Serenity (2005)

Director: Joss Whedon

Starring: The cast of FIREFLY

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The future is worth fighting for.

Plot: River Tam and her brother Simon are hiding out from the totalitarian government that experimented with River's brain aboard the space-freighter Serenity. Captained by a down on his luck, no faith soldier, the crew of Serenity must take jobs (legal or not) while avoiding the Alliance, and keeping the Tams safe. But when things get out of hand with the true extent of River's powers, the Alliance sends a new Operative to make sure what River knows doesn't get out. How will the crew of Serenity deal with this new threat? And what exactly does River know that the Operative is willing to kill for?

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? Oh, yeah.

For those not in the "know", this is the theatrical film made after the cancellation of the amazing short-lived (14 episodes) TV show, FIREFLY (2002). They take some liberties in altering a particular event outlined in the show for the purpose of making a movie that anyone could enjoy without prior knowledge of the show. I'm OK with that. I would prefer they kept up the continuity but I understand and, when it's all said and done, it's still a great sci-fi flick no matter how you slice it. I don't really have any major faults with the picture.

Some of the major characters die. I would have preferred they didn't (or if I could choose which ones died in their place...BWAHAHAHAHAHA) but it's not like any of these people are ever going to have a chance to revisit these characters. If you're interested in this flick and haven't seen the show, check out the 14 episodes of FIREFLY and then watch this. It'll be a richer, and sadder, experience. I say, "sadder", because after SERENITY, there's nothing left. Commence weeping.

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