This is the honest review of Serenity 2005. Directed by Joss Whedon and starring Nathan Fillon. The film is interesting because it serves as nothing more than fan fiction. Joss Whedon created the series Firefly. The series was then canceled. Serenity then emerged as a standalone film named after the ship from the series. Dir: Joss Whedon; Starring: Nathan Fillon, Gina Torres, Summer Glau, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Morena Baccarin. 12 cert, 119 mins.
Serenity stars Nathan Fillon as Malcolm Reynolds, a veteran from a past war with the evil Alliance. In addition to him, a variety of characters who run the ship. Zoe played by Gina Torres); her husband and pilot, Wash played by Alan Tudyk. In addition, Kaylee an engineer Jayne the muscle part of the crew. They fly around the planet involving themselves in bank jobs and general thievery. The theme of this movie is heavily rooted in the western genre. Just replace horses with spaceships and your there.
The movie begins with the unveiling of River Tam played by Summer Glau. The mysteriously gifted 17-year-old the evil Alliance doctors are studying and experimenting on. She is rescued from this fate by her brother Simon played by Sean Maher. It is at this point we are introduced to the silent softly spoken operative played by Chiwetel Ejiofor. His mission is to return this weapon to the Alliance and destroy all those with knowledge.
The first part of this movie is laden with action sequences. In particular, we are then introduced to the other protagonists the Reavers. These semi-human cannibals dependent on rape, murder, and sewing their victims’ skins into clothes. From there on the film drops into a road movie part western part sci-fi horror. All the time keeping a light and fun atmosphere and because the good humor keeps the mood in the right place for most of the film.
The ensemble cast help create a great atmosphere. The spirit and heart of the film is obvious. The comradeship is easy to see, and the film is better for it. The special effects have their limitations. The budget was reasonably small. But that can be forgiven. In addition, they mix well with the mood and the cinematography is perfect for the light material on offer. Fun and adventure in the new old west with a great baddie played by Chiwetel Ejiofo. Furthermore, it is he who really steals the show. His quiet menace adds real tension to the proceeding. His performance helps convince the audience of the real threat apparent.
There are lots of little romantic interludes along the way to keep us entertained. The relationship of Mal and Morena Baccarin character Inara is perfectly handled. In particular, the rekindling of a lost love helps sell the movie. While this could be seen as somewhat annoying, it gives the film a little impetus and fun.
This film is worth a viewing. The two hour run time should not put you off. However, you never feel bored or hoping for the end credits. There are some fun action sequences. Subsequently, the old-style western adventure setting add to its uniqueness. Joss Whedon is a director who knows how to deliver a tight action-packed film. He sets the pace exactly where it needs to be. The special effects are ideal for a film of this budget. The cast deliver an enjoyable fun performance. In conclusion, I think that this is a great fun two hours with lots of humor and a hint of old-fashioned film making.