Serenity

Serenity

Director: Joss Whedon Cast: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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Overview

A band of renegades on the run in outer space get in more hot water than they anticipated in this sci-fi action-adventure adapted from the television series Firefly. In the 26th century, the galaxy has been colonized by a military force known as the Alliance, but its leadership has not gone unquestioned. The Alliance was once challenged by a league of rebels known as the Independents, but the Alliance emerged victorious after a brutal civil war, with the surviving Independents scattering around the galaxy. Also wandering the edges of the galaxy are the Reavers, who have won few allies due to their violent behavior and habit of ripping apart their enemies and eating them before they're dead. Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), who fought as an Independent in the galactic war, is the head of Serenity, a rogue frieghter ship whose crew includes Mal's first mate, Zoe (Gina Torres), who fought alongside him in the war, her husband, hotshot pilot Wash (Alan Tudyk), sunny but dependable mechanic Kaylee (Jewel Staite), and hard-nosed gunman Jayne (Adam Baldwin). The crew of Serenity wander the galaxy, taking on whatever work they can get, from criminal activities like smuggling and stealing to legitimately offering transport to travelers. Passengers aboard Serenity include professional "companion" Inara (Morena Baccarin) and holy man Shepherd Book (Ron Glass), but the real trouble aboard the ship comes with the arrival of Simon (Sean Maher) and his teenage sister, River Tam (Summer Glau). In time, the crew discovers that River has remarkable psychic powers and was being held captive by Alliance forces until Simon came to her rescue. Now the Alliance is hot on the heels of Serenity and its passengers, with The Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a sinister Alliance tracker, leading the chase. Serenity was written and directed by Joss Whedon (in his directorial debut), creator of Firefly, which only lasted 11 weeks on the air but gained a powerful cult following who rallied to get the show released on DVD after its cancellation, leading to impressive home-video sales and and an eventual motion picture deal. A couple of months prior to Serenity's theatrical release, reruns of Firefly were picked up by the Sci-Fi channel, adding even more fans to its cult following.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/20/2005
UPC: 0025192632723
Original Release: 2005
Rating: PG-13
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:59:00
Sales rank: 2,547

Special Features

Over 20 minutes of deleted scenes and outtakes; Joss Whedon introduction; Re-lighting 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!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nathan Fillion Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds
Gina Torres Zoe
Alan Tudyk Wash
Morena Baccarin Inara
Adam Baldwin Jayne
Jewel Staite Kaylee Frye
Summer Glau River Tam
Sean Maher Dr. Simon Tam
Chiwetel Ejiofor The Operative
Ron Glass Shepherd Book
David Krumholtz Mr. Universe
Michael Hitchcock Actor
Sarah Paulson Actor

Technical Credits
Joss Whedon Director,Screenwriter
Christopher Buchanan Executive Producer
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Barry Chusid Production Designer
Jack N. Green Cinematographer
Lisa Lassek Editor
David Lester Executive Producer
David Lester Executive Producer
Barry Mendel Producer
David Newman Score Composer
Arthur Rochester Sound/Sound Designer
Rich Sickler Asst. Director
Alisa Tager Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Serenity
1. Living Weapon [5:00]
2. A Better World [4:29]
3. Aboard Serenity (Main Titles) [5:17]
4. Going for a Ride [5:00]
5. Reavers [9:22]
6. Triggered [7:04]
7. Mr. Universe [7:50]
8. Safe Haven [5:45]
9. Civilized Resolution [5:49]
10. Posing a Threat [3:44]
11. Miranda [5:16]
12. "Just Believe" [4:28]
13. Suicide Mission [4:19]
14. Learning the Secret [4:49]
15. Caught in the Middle [4:14]
16. Can't Stop the Signal [7:39]
17. Fighting for a Belief [6:38]
18. Do We Have an Order? [8:58]
19. It's Not Over [1:40]
20. End Titles [5:44]

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Serenity 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film will keep you on the edge of you seat! It is action packed and laugh out loud funny. Joss Whedon has a gift for making amazing characters and great storylines. Serenity is the name of a Firefly class transport ship 500 years in the future. Earth has been used up, and Serenity's crew travels around the raggedy edge of space taking any job that pays. The crew is made up of Capt. Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) who fought on the losing side of a civil war, Zoe (Gina Torres) the first mate who served with Mal in the war, Wash (Alan Tudyk) the pilot who married Zoe, Kaylee (Jewel Staite) the chipper mechanic, and Jayne (Adam Baldwin) a mercenary. They have picked up a young doctor Simon Tam (Sean Maher)and his sister River (Summer Glau). Simon and River are fugitives from the Alliance, the totalitarian government that has performed heinous experiments on her. They send a man known only as The Operative to find and kill River. Mal and his crew try to avoid The Alliance, and figure out the secret that is driving River increasingly more insane. Toss in the cannibalistic Reavers who roam the edge and by the end of the film its anyone's guess who will be victorious. If you are a Star Wars fan, check this out! And if the new Star Wars was a disappointment to you, DEFINATLY check this out!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many moons ago, Capt. James T. Kirk uttered the words "Space, the final frontier". I was young at the time but it conjured for me, images of Cowboys and Indians in rocket ships. Being a fan of Joss Whedons other work (Buffy,Angel) well let's just say when Firefly premiered and it was a new show by Joss and it was about Cowboys in space, I was hooked. It saddens me that FOX has cancelled so many good, cutting edge shows in their infancy, but it makes sense. It's an all around money maker for FOX to buy a "Pilot" and a few episodes of a fledgling show, cheaply. Advertise them as the "Newest,Hottest Show". Run them helter skelter to fill open slots on their network while they rake in advertisement dollars. Then when the initial run is over tout the newest show and move on ad nauseum. The Basic Rule: If a show is successful, It's expensive. This works well for me because now I don't even have to watch FOX network. I just wait until they cancel a show I was interested in and then offer the DVDs... Then I go out and RENT them and watch them commercial and FOX free. Serenity picks up after Firefly and answers some but not all of the questions posed during the series short run. The genius that is Joss Whedon, created a thouroghly enjoyable movie that is watchable whether you are familiar with the show that spawned it or not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's unfortunate that both the TV series "Firefly", and the movie version of that series "Serenity" didn't gain wide spread attention, because both are excellent and creative sci-fi flicks. It's the wild wild west, meets "Star Wars". It's brash, funny, and stylish. On top of all that, "Serentiy" is just plain old fun. These types of films go directly to cult classic statues, which is not a bad place to be, however it just means that the film doesn't get as much exposure it needs forehand. Even most critics were surprised by "Serenity", but the main thing is audiences just have to check it out for themselves. And as for those who know the TV series, they will not be disappointed. (Because there are no half star ratings,I'm going to give this film a 4 1/2 stars)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best movie ever!! I would love if they brought firefly back
Samdu More than 1 year ago
Serenity, like love and peace, is often sought but seldom found. And so Josh Whedon plays with this paradox in the film that is the culmination of his television series Firefly. In both the film and the series, the title focuses on the space ship which does have a personality not unlike its Captain Mal. Both seem on the verge of falling apart and seem to be held together by little more than will and what Mal calls "love." The very moral and straight shooting Mal steals and hides and tries to make a living in the freedom of the remote fringes of what counts as civilization. Of course, what passes as civilization is all about manipulation and control that is so extreme it will have serenity at any and all costs and that is no serenity at all -- at least for the non-believers.

The other characters are all paradoxes as well. Jayne seems the big and brawny man of war but he approaches life almost as a child. And the child of the crew, 16 year old River, seems innocent and vulnerable but she can take down Jayne and a host of Reevers with little more than a bit of sweat. The rest of the cast of characters continue with the paradox of appearance and realty. Shepherd Book is clearly at war with the peace he promotes, Kaylee is an ace mechanic and not a piece of female puff. And other paradoxes are embodied in Zoe, Wash, Simon, and Inara. All try to live by a code of their own choosing and which aims at a balance that hopes for "serenity" yet all find reality intrudes and brings them to conflict not just with events and one another but also with themselves.

The play of the story and the characters is simply fun and hits all the right buttons on our own desires for what, maybe, we too have lost or may be still fighting for -- individual freedom in a technological world that has become more of a trap of powerfully imposed dogma of obedience by a largely anonymous government and social and religious institutions that seek conformity and serenity by allowing only one way of thinking, acting, and being -- theirs. Our only hope as in Whedon's world may also be in those who decide to "misbehave" as only free people can. Maybe serenity can only be had by being true to one's self and to what is just and right by the measure of that guide.

Of course, Serenity can also be viewed for just the funny and adventurous and creative story that it is. Maybe that is the best way. May Serenity continue on The Wave.
slimikin More than 1 year ago
In and of itself, Serenity is a terrific movie: smart, fast-paced, with great actors, great special effects, lots of action and snappy dialogue. But as closure for the Firefly series, Serenity both does and doesn't do the job. Certainly it addresses many of the plot points raised in the series: what are the Reavers? Why is River the way she is? Why is she important? Will the Serenity crew ever come to terms with the Alliance? But as far as a satisfactory end to a beloved story, it doesn't quite get there. At the end of the film, I found myself thinking of all that I still wanted to see the characters do. That's not necessarily a bad thing---I'm inclined to think of it as a testament to how compelling Whedon's characters are, actually---but anyone hoping to watch Serenity and feel they've reached the end of the adventure is sure to be disappointed. It feels, instead, like yet another beginning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was really fun. i really liked the firefly series and this movie was a good continuation.
Henzaru More than 1 year ago
A great conclusion for the series Firefly. Too bad the series was so short. This movie does a great job of ultimately telling the story of River Tam and at least some of what happened to her. Just wish there was more like this out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not really writing a review. Too time-consuming. Rather, just know that Joss Whedon is the god of live-action telemedia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While Serenity is a good stand alone sci-fi movie, it really means the most to those viewers who were cheated out of an ending of the amazing TV show that it is based on, Firefly. Serenity gives viewers a little bit of closer that we didn't get when the show was abrubtly cancelled. With that said, the movie was very well done. The story was well written and kept humor and the characters true to the series. Having a major motion picture budget to use on the special effects was put to good use. Purchasing Serenity in Blu-ray only enhanced this. I'd recommend this movie to any sci-fi fan, whether you're a fan of the original show or not.
PitaPat More than 1 year ago
This movie oh this movie! It will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way through! The characters are amazing and so is the storyline. Serenity is spawned oiff the short lived series Firefly! Do yourself a favor if you love this movie and I know you will get the DVD Firefly! It is amazing and has all 11 episodes! There is action, there is romance, there is humor and strong characters, all believable! I fell in love with series and then the movie but it would have happened even if it was the movie I saw first and then the series! I was really, really, really mad at Fox when they took it off the air. The one thing I don't think they counted on was the following that developed. It became a classic in its own right with a cult following. FOX really got slammed!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an action movie with depth and humor. It's rare to find that mixture, but Serenity is not only complex and amusing, it's got excellently developed characters, a fast-paced plot and real imagination. I really enjoyed seeing something completely original, and unlike some recent science fiction movies, Serenity doesn't depend only on great special effects for drama. This one's got more than just good looks, and it's well worth it to look beneath the surface.