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Serenity (2005) Movie Reviews

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04/27/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

One Last Hoorah

I think having seen 'Firefly' beforehand did help with my viewing experience. The film does manage to stand on it's own despite a weak start. It runs through world building, character history, and general explanations in rapid delivery right from the beginning. The first half is jumbled because of this. It's hard to get a feel on the overall tone when all the scenes are short and quickly edited, jumping around to multiple locations while sounding off much exposition dialogue. It was a bit hard to follow for me, and I had the events of 'Firefly' still fresh in mind. The second half is much more smooth and very engaging. The main plot takes center focus and the characters shine in fun ways. The natural essence of what made the original show great becomes more apparent with progress....

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3/4 

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07/25/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Serenity Sucks. There I said it.

There are a few things that fanboys, geeks, nerds, and similar groups of like-minded social outcasts must understand and accept. One of them is the plain and simple fact that even though Firefly was an awesome tv series, the movie that Joss Whedon made as a continuation was just terrible. I'm gonna get assassinated for saying this probably but Serenity is a terrible movie.
Newcomers would be confused as **** by the writing and the mythology of the series. The central conflict of the film emerges in the third act and afterwards, all the characters act like this was what the movie was about when it was clearly just a bunch of actors confined to a spaceship for sixty minutes.
Granted, the villain is awesome and becomes the most memorable aspect of an otherwise mediocre film which does tr...

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1.5/4 

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09/14/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Serenity review

A mixture of humor, horror, drama, western, action and sci-fi all rolled into one package. This type of picture smiply gets better as you view this from the very first scenes. It boils down to this message from the flick - "We meant it for the bestů to make people safer." and yet detrimental effects occur. Malcolm "Mal" (Nathan Fillion) is the Captain of Serenity, where his team consists of Zoe (Gina Torres), pilot Hoban "Wash" (Alan Tudyk), Inara (Morena Baccarin), weapons expert Jayne (Adam Baldwin), mechanic Kaylee (Jewel Staite), doctor Simon (Sean Maher) and his psychic sister River (Summer Glau). Only minor gripes would be the lack of character development/participation of Inara and better special effects in certain scenes, but doesn't necessarily affect the picture. Performan...

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4/4 

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12/27/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Serenity" by Yojimbo

The crew of a spaceship operating on the ragged edge of civilisation are targeted by the ruling Alliance for harbouring a pair of fugitives that have knowledge of a secret that is potentially devastating to their regime. The fans of cult sci-fi western Firefly were aware that Joss Whedon was capable of creating a hugely enjoyable fantasy blockbuster a good while before The Avengers hit our screens. Serenity is the conclusion to the swiftly - and unjustly - cancelled TV show and contains the same formula of likable characters, funny one-liners and space bound action that made it so beloved by the few who actually saw it. The idea of a roguish smuggler going head to head with a charismatic villain to expose the folly of an evil empire is not unlike that of a certain other infamous franchise...

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4/4 

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09/29/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Serenity

Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy, Firefly and Dollhouse, is by far the director with the most devoted fanbase ever, and there's a reason for that. After the roaring success of the Buffy television series, Whedon busied himself with creating the most recognisable sci-fi television series in history, mashing several genres into one exhilirating show effectively.

That show, Firefly, was praised by critical acclaim, although it faired very poorly with the home viewers, and was unfortunatly cancelled mid-season. But from that spawned a film adaptation, financed in great part by the massive fandom that sprang from Firefly.

Although Serenity is now hailed as a striking example of good sci-fi filmaking, it will definitely not appeal to everyone. It has a very unique style and atmosphere, comb...

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4/4 

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11/11/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Serenity

Serenity.
God, how it hurts to write that name.
This sick, ungodly, downright blasphemous excuse for cinema comes to us from Joss Whedon, creator Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Is it any different? Oh, God no. Don't get me wrong, I liked Buffy, but this, excuse my French, blatant bullshit is nothing more than Buffy...In Space!
I'm afraid I cannot reveiw the whole turgid thing, since I turned off my rental copy not even halfway through! The pure amount of unoriginality was mind boggling. Can Joss Whedon create original characters? No! Can he change humour one iota? No! It's the same damned thing! These cocky, arrogant, stereotypical characters crawl out of the woodwork, ad nauseum. The film plays like a bad fan-ficiton.
I've never seen show Firefly, and now, I have absolutely no wish to see...

Rating of
0.5/4 

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03/02/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

See the show, watch this movie...

I had heard about this movie from one of my friends who was a fan of the show, but I didn't think that I would like it because I had never seen Firefly before it got (unceremoniously) canceled. In short, I absolutely loved this movie. Everything from the character's interactions with each other (especially between Mal and Jane), the aesthetics, the overall feel of the movie, the dialogue (Buffyspeak) was excellent. A straightforward plot with just enough twists (and heartbreak) to keep even the most staunch sci-fi fan enthralled. This movie made me call my friend just to borrow his Firefly collection so I could see more of these characters. Awesome sci-fi in it's simplest form. I'd like to thank all the "Brownshirts" for making this movie happen. :P

Rating of
4/4 

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08/16/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The space-western genre never looked so good.

I love this movie. I'm just gonna get that out of the way first.

Secondly, I love the TV series. One of the greatest injustices our generation has experienced (from a television standpoint) was the cancelling of that show.

If you really want to enjoy this movie, I cannot stress enough how much it would help to watch at least 3-4 episodes of the show. Just borrow the series from a friend that owns them and watch at least the first disk or something. Certain relationships between characters on the show will make SO much more sense and the emotion they'll inject into the movie for you is invaluable. Not to mention the show is just wonderful in its own right. The way exploring space is treated like the push west as settlers explored America is actually a good fit. That, and it's ...

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3.5/4 

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