Serenity (Widescreen Edition)
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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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Serenity is a movie based on the Firefly tv series that Fox canceled after just thirteen episodes were filmed. The movie changes some of the details introduced in the series, mainly the rescue of River, but other than that has all of the familiar faces - Joss Whedon's "black hats."
The story is absolutely stunning and full of plot twists. For me, the Firefly series and its movie remain one of my favorite storylines ever. Cowboys in space? Who would have thought!?
Excellent story, excellent dialogue, and characters you will absolutely love or absolutely love to hate.
I'd give it 20 stars!
The short-lived series and the movie are awesome. While it's been 11 years since the movie was released, I'm hopeful that another movie can be made.
I probably watched "Firefly" and "Serenity" a dozen times while over seas and in garrison while in the Military. It is still a shame that its gone.
When I saw that they had a Steelbook for this movie I knew I had to have it. I immediately purchased it and love it to death. Two of my favorite things, Firefly/Serenity and Steelbooks! Nothing but 5 stars for me!
Of course, if you are being turned off by the ludicrous setting and the "wow factor beats inconvenient common sense AND science" aesthetics, then don't watch the show either. Fans are not demanding enough in this sort of show. The Weird Science could share time with physics that works, but the writers don't think (correctly as it turns out) that anyone will care enough to complain. The ridiculous setting belongs in a Flash Gordon cartoon. The writers use the lazy-ass "anything can happen in a sci-fi movie" bible. Oh well.
That said, the action that takes place inside that setting is good, with some nice visuals and good wordplay. Pity about the predictable and somewhat hackneyed plot, but there was an element of pandering to the TV show fans going on and when all is said and done it is only a movie.
What we have here is action adventure in spaaaaaaace. I think that the movie will be enjoyable for most people if they don't ask too much of it. It certainly is no more offensive than Total Recall and way less so than Star Wars. Call it Space Opera for the masses. I enjoyed it for what it was and gritted my teeth in the couple of places it got bad.
The sets are gorgeous in this one. Not quite the same ship we saw in the TV show, but not so different it derails the continuity. The CGI is, well, if I'm honest, over-the-top as the current SF CGI phase demands. Not as bad as it could have been though, the writers remembered that CGI never trumps plot, and what there is is of high quality. You probably won't see the seams showing.
I found the Reavers to be the least worthwhile plot element from the TV show, and firmly believe they are just a way to segue into Zombie Apocalypse in Spaaaaaace. Thinking on it, that's what the Borg were in ST:TNG too, so obviously it is a popular meme. Your mileage will certainly vary on the Reavers thing. I hope for the better.
It's a shame, but I don't see a sequel for this movie being made. It simply isn't strong enough.
But I do like it and will watch it again for fun.
The extras are nice on the Blu Ray version, with a database of the 'verse you can explore, deleted and extended scenes, a blooper reel, some ancillary material concerning River (who I have to admit I find wearying in the TV show but she has more to do than mope and whine in the movie) and a handful of featurettes such as a set walk-through and a couple of hype pieces done to increase interest pre-release.
All in all, value for money and entertaining too.
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