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Serenity (2005)
IMDb Rating 8.1
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Chiwetel Ejiofor The Operative
Nathan Fillion Mal
Gina Torres Zoe
Alan Tudyk Wash
Morena Baccarin Inara
Adam Baldwin Jayne
Jewel Staite Kaylee
Sean Maher Simon
Summer Glau River
Ron Glass Shepherd Book
Raphael Feldman
Yan Feldman
Michael Hitchcock
Plot
Serenity offers perfect proof that Firefly deserved a better fate than premature TV cancellation. Joss Whedon's acclaimed sci-fi Western hybrid series was ideally suited (in Browncoats, of course) for a big-screen conversion, and this action-packed adventure allows Whedon to fill in the Firefly backstory, especially the history and mystery of the spaceship Serenity's volatile and traumatized stowaway, River Tam (Summer Glau). Her lethal skills as a programmed "weapon" makes her a coveted prize for the power-hungry planetary Alliance, represented here by an Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who'll stop at nothing to retrieve River from Serenity's protective crew. We still get all the quip-filled dialogue and ass-kicking action that we've come to expect from the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but Whedon goes a talented step further here, blessing his established ensemble cast with a more fully-developed dynamic of endearing relationships. Serenity's cast is led with well-balanced depth and humor by Nathan Fillion as Captain Mal Reynolds, whose maverick spirit is matched by his devotion to crewmates Wash (Alan Tudyk), Zoe (Gina Torres), fun-loving fighter Jayne (Adam Baldwin), engineer Kaylee (Jewel Staite), doctor Simon (Sean Maher), and Mal's former flame Inara (Morena Baccarin), who plays a pivotal role in Whedon's briskly-paced plot. As many critics agreed, Serenity offered all the fun and breezy excitement that was missing from George Lucas's latter-day Star Wars epics, and Whedon leaves an opening for a continuing franchise that never feels cheap or commercially opportunistic. With the mega-corporate mysteries of Blue Sun yet to be explored, it's a safe bet we haven't seen the last of the good ship Serenity. --Jeff Shannon
Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Sci-Fi; Thriller
Director Joss Whedon
Producer Barry Mendel
Writer Joss Whedon
Studio Universal Studios
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 119 mins
Movie Release Date 9/30/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 581
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 2/10/2006
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 025192632723
Release Date 12/20/2005
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Over 20 minutes of Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
Joss Whedon Introduction
Relighting The Firefly: The story of how a television show gained enough of a cult following to become a major feature film
Feature Commentary with writer/director Joss Whedon
And Much More!
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