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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 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. From the mind of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) comes a new edge-of-your-seat adventure loaded with explosive battles, gripping special effects and fantastic new worlds!
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I STRONGLY RECOMMEND WATCHING THE SHOW BEFORE THE MOVIE.
You don't NEED to, but it makes it better. It is, however, a good, fun space western that stands on its own with the sparkling dialogue you have come to expect from Whedon, and the solid performances you have come to expect from the crew.
If I had a nitpic, other than 2 hours is not a great substitute for several more seasons of the show, it's that the effects, though better than the Show, are not a lot better. But, they still work.
That said, Serenity is a satisfactory conclusion to a tragically short series. It doesn't tie up all lose ends, but it does address quite a few while sticking with the winning combination of character-driven storylines, memorable characters and dialog, Western gritty ruggedness, space opera grandeur and gorgeous visuals that won over so many "Browncoats" (Firefly fans).
Firefly was literally the perfect Space Western series with an excellent cast. Thank God Universal gave the show a movie to close it off.
This film takes Serenity's crew and sets them against the Alliance with guns blazing. At first, everything seems like a normal mission, but as the film progresses, we're taken to the dark corners of the universe, where questions that arose during the show are finally answered. But as Captain Mal and his crew go deep into Reaver space, we learn with them that some secrets may be better off buried.
If I had to boil this down into one sentence, I might say: Although this film was the perfect ending to a series that deserved much more, it came to soon.
One small piece of advice: if you haven't seen "Firefly" yet, then this movie won't make sense. I know this from experience!
Now, if you're a fan of "Firefly," you HAVE to watch this!
Of course, you probably already have.
Sooo many extras, information, deleted scenes, gag reel, interviews, and interactive information about the planets and star system of Firefly.
You do not have to watch the FireFly TV show to enjoy this movie. But if you like, you can watch FireFly on Netflix or Amazon, then see this movie.
Knowing more of the back story makes enjoying Serenity the movie even better ! :-)
PLOT : The TV show has River Tam and her brother run away from the Alliance government.
In Serenity, River and the whole crew from Firefly discover why the Alliance wants her back, and why they will do anything to stop her.