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Director: Joss Whedon

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


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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…  See more details below


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.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Science fiction fans will recognize in this pleasantly old-fashioned space opera the basic plotline and characters of Firefly, the short-lived 2002 television series by Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel). It takes place in a faraway solar system dominated by an overbearing Alliance that's being challenged by rebel upstarts with varying agendas. Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), captain of the spaceship Serenity and its ragtag, smuggling crew, takes aboard a psychic named River Tam (Summer Glau) and her brother Simon (Sean Maher), fugitives from Alliance mind-washers. Reynolds may come to regret the decision, as his passengers are being pursued by the most tenacious and deadly of Alliance agents, a man known only as the Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor). There's nothing terribly innovative about the plot; Whedon's Alliance is another of those bureaucratic, Big Brotherish entities that offers freedom from discontent while subverting civil liberties and stifling dissent. The Serenity's motley crew typifies the rugged, rough-edged, anti-establishment individualists that naturally reject societal structure. You can guess who comes out on top. But writer-director Whedon isn't interested in breaking new ground, and his half-hearted attempt to tinge Serenity with political satire falls flat. Whedon's strength is character delineation and interplay, and the movie is most enjoyable when its principal characters are jousting verbally. Mal's crew -- Zoe (Gina Torres), Wash (Alan Tudyk), Jayne (Adam Baldwin), Inara (Morena Baccarin), and Kaylee (Jewel Staite) -- banter with aplomb, speaking in a peculiar combination of futuristic jargon and pseudo-hip Chinese slang. Some of Whedon's dialogue is a little too cutesy for our taste, but it's generally snappy and well delivered by a relaxed cast that's obviously having fun with the material. The surfeit of talk, however, doesn't mean that Serenity stints on action -- far from it. There are lots of energetic confrontations, both in space and on the ship, and if you blink at the wrong time you're liable to miss plenty.
All Movie Guide
Joss Whedon's feature-film adaptation of his much-loved television program Firefly marks his big-screen directorial debut. The movie may enchant some newcomers, but it was obviously constructed primarily for the enjoyment of the series' hardcore fan base. This can create a very sharp divide among viewers, as pre-existing fans will most likely remain enthusiastically approving of the film, while outsiders will probably find it less compelling, despite some backstory offered in the narrative to let its story potentially stand alone. This may be a simple matter of target audience, however, as Serenity unabashedly offers itself directly to its cult followers -- though it gracefully avoids indulging in the in-jokes that rendered the Star Trek: The Next Generation movie franchise too embarrassing for general consumption. Nathan Fillion, the only member of this ensemble cast that could arguably be described as a protagonist, delivers a likable and nuanced performance as Mal, the ragged captain of the freighter ship for which the movie is named. Mal's resilience is tempered with a wry cynicism as well as with a humanity that only selectively becomes more than a subtle internalization. The surrounding cast members offer nothing less than their absolute best performances as well, though fans may be disappointed that the time limits don't allow all characters extensive screen time. The fight, flight, and general action sequences in Serenity are beyond engaging, and the resolution of each would cause any enthusiastic audience to erupt in applause. The plot itself is smartly written, exploring and explaining cliff-hanging elements of the series that would no doubt have been fleshed-out had the show not been canceled. It brings each of the characters -- all of whom are portrayed with elegance and affection -- to a completely new place both personally and logistically. This is what makes Serenity so much more than an elongated episode of Firefly: the landscape in which the story takes place has been reformed, creating in many ways a completely different world for these people to explore. In the end, Joss Whedon triumphantly breaks new ground in the genre of science fiction, defying all odds to tell his story. It's very possible that even some sci-fi fans who've never seen Firefly could enjoy coming along for the ride. It's refreshing to see a universe that is neither utopian nor dystopian, characters who are both flawed and forgivable, and a sense that none of us are safe, but none of us will survive without hope that we will be.

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Universal Studios
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Alliance Database; ; Feature Commentaries with Director Joss Whedon and Cast Members; ; ; Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Joss Whedon; ; Outtakes; ; Future History - The Story of Earth That Was; ; What's In a Firefly; Re-Lighthing the Firefly; ; Joss Whedon Introduction; ; Extended Scenes; Talk A Walk on Serenity; A Filmmaker's Journey; ; The Green Clan; ; Session 416

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

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Serenity 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 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
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)
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best movie ever!! I would love if they brought firefly back
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was really fun. i really liked the firefly series and this movie was a good continuation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best scifi movie I've ever seen. I've been a "Browncoat" since Firefly premiered on Fox in 2002, but I've been a Star Wars fan since I was a kid, and the show didn't really change that. This movie did, though. Joss Whedon has created some great characters and a great universe for them to inhabit. Everything from the acting to the action to the humor is top-notch. It definately didn't get the attention or box office it deserved. This is a must have for any scifi or general movie fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderous vision of the future started in the all too short run of the TV series Firefly continues in the big screen version of it, Serenity. The TV show and movie is about the crew of a star ship that is as much unlike the USS Enterprise as it can get. It's a ranshackle freighter skippered by Mal Reynolds, a man part Han Solo, part Jesse James. He was on the losing side of an intersteller civil war against the Alliance, a buraucratic, oppressive government that seems to consists of people who believe quite fervently they know better than other people how they should live their lives. Captain Reynolds and his motley crew, including his former second in command from the war, her husband the pilot, an engineer who is as cute as she is sharp with the hyper drive, a muscle bound mercenary in a constant state of mutiny, a preacher, a courtesan, and a doctor and his troubled (to say the least!) sister eck out a thin living doing odd jobs out on the frontier, some of them not exactly legal. They bicker and at times almost come to blows. Especialy due to the fact that the doctor's sister is wanted by the Alliance government for having been "enhanced" and damaged by a top secret government labortory. Oddly enough, this crew might well save the human race among the stars. The story is a paean about how the unlikeliest people can become heroes and how the right of individuals to live free if an absolute. I hope there will be many more films in this "verse."