A passenger with a deadly secret. Six rebels on the run. An assassin in pursuit. When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an action-packed battle between the relen... more »tless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything - or anyone - to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. But, the greatest danger of all may be on their ship. From the mind of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) comes a new edge-of-your-seat adventure loaded with explosive battles, gripping special effects and fantastic new worlds.« less
Jes G. (jesgear) from DAVENPORT, IA Reviewed on 6/22/2013...
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Vernon P. (Merlin) Reviewed on 6/18/2013...
A VERY low-quality conclusion to the TV series Firefly. But, please don't blame Joss Whedon - the network canceled the series (incorrectly, IMHO) with no notice and left a LOT of plot lines dangling. This movie tries to wrap them all up in 2 hours. That it manages to do so at all is a testament to Joss Whedon's creativity, and also explains why so many other TV series of his have been commercial successes. But, as a fan of the show, this conclusion feels very jerky and forced. Like someone was just jumping from one wrap-up moment to the next.
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Christina D. from PUEBLO, CO Reviewed on 10/30/2009...
Sad to see the end but glad a movie was made to finish out the series. Very well done
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Duell R. from DAYTON, OH Reviewed on 10/19/2009...
I give this movie 5 stars. The acting was mostly very good, the technical stuff was done very well, the plot line made sense and added to the overall story, both in the movie itself and the TV series. I noticed that the list of actors' does not include "Summer Glau" which it should, her character is pivotal to the story. All in all this is a DVD that I intend to keep and watch over and over again, and when possible introduce to my friends who do not know it.
D. E. R.
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Alice H. (singlegalkansas) from TOPEKA, KS Reviewed on 9/1/2009...
Awesome movie, never saw the show until after this movie. The show and movie are awesome!
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Cynthia S. Reviewed on 3/4/2008...
This movie made me a fan of the Firefly series (which I'd never seen), and of creator Josh Whedon's amazing work. It's a Sci-Fi movie with a Western feel, ala Gunsmoke, with a nice mixture of humor and serious action. It takes you in to another time and to other worlds, some beautiful, some horribly devastated.
I felt drawn to the distinctive characters that inhabit the Serenity, and especially her captain, played by Nathan Fillion. His character is a classic, with both heroic and human qualities that make him a memorable leader and an empathy-provoking struggler. Josh Whedon has done a fantastic job with Serenity, creating a universe that is unexpected and satisfying.
After buying the movie, my husband and I received the entire Firefly series as a gift. We long for more from this group, and we'd love it if they made another movie. Meanwhile, Serenity is endlessly watchable, with many details and throwaway lines that you don't catch on the first viewing. Also, it's good to see the movie again, once you understand the characters more fully. You'll catch facets of them that you didn't before, which is a testament to J. Whedon's creativity and hard work on this story's more serious side.
I was inspired by the captain's perseverance and loyalty to his own principles, which stand in great contrast to the more "sophisticated" thinking of his enemies, and, particularly, his main nemesis.
I don't know anyone who has seen this movie that didn't love it; I think they appreciated seeing a movie with a simple, straightforward premise, of likeable people encountering opposition and challenge, who prevail and then, still, face a horrific reality. You'll want to see this movie.
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Shim F. Reviewed on 2/8/2008...
This is a awsome movie.
IT made my little sister jump on some parts.
It didn't have a strong plot, but it was good.
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Laurie F. (witchbrat) from TULLY, NY Reviewed on 11/18/2007...
This is one of the best movies I've ever seen. While it is richer when you have first watched the series "Firefly" it comes from, it can stand alone beautifully by itself. The characters are wonderful, Whedon's dialouge is always top notch- and I haven't even mentioned the great plot!
Watch this movie!
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Outstanding Space Opera
Mark R., Whittington | Houston, Texas USA | 10/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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.""
A criminally underrated conclusion to a criminally underrate
trashcanman | Hanford, CA United States | 06/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're already aquainted with the greatness of Joss Whedon's cult television series "Firefly" then this is a no-brainer. "Serenity" is the best science fiction film since "The Matrix" and for true fans of the series, it is a literal dream come true. Essentially, this film is not so much a stand-alone popcorn affair so much as it is the greatest series finale in history. It's emotional, funny, action-packed, full of quirky characters both familiar and new, and just plain cool to boot. There is also a deep philosophical argument explored as the costs of personal freedom and government control are contrasted in a brilliant manner. Would you choose to live the life of a criminal if it was the only way you could be free? Does a government have the right to take any step necesssary to keep it's citizens under control and happy?
"Half of writing history is covering up the truth" is just one of the memorable observations made by our heroes over the course of this journey. The plot centers around insane genius River and her older brother, Simon, who rescued her from a mysterious government facility where she was being experimented on. Part of the genius of the series (and this film) are the insane rantings of River, which begin to make sense if you pay attention. "Old men, covered in blood. It never touched them but they're drowning in it" may seem nonsensical to some, but it is a rather poetic yet eerily accurate representation of both the government officials in her universe, and in ours. The events taking place in this future are vaguely familair as plot devices, but what makes them brilliant is the way they relate to what's happening in our society. Anyhow, back to the plot: River and Simon joined the crew of Serenity, the ship captained by Malcolm Reynolds, a true hero who isn't afraid to break the rules if it means doing the right thing. Serenity's crew includes an endearing assortment of contrasting characters that all get their moments to shine in the film: Jayne the hardcore mercenary, Kailee the loveable mechanic, Mal's old war buddy Zoe, and her pilot/comedian husband Wash are all well represented. Having left Serenity since the original series, Book the minister and Inara -Malcolm's love interest who happens to be a well-respected prostitute (not to mention unbelievably gorgeous)- turn up along the way as well.
The style of the universe that our heroes inhabit is still a mix of all of the cultures of "Earth-that-was", primarily american and asian, with cursing in chinese being an amusing device for letting characters express their disapproval realistically and emphatically without getting an "R" rating in the process. If you've never seen "Firefly", do not hesitate; go buy it this very moment and see what you've been missing out on, then I can guarantee that this film will blow you away.
If you are just looking for a spectacle like "Star Wars", legendary action sequences like "The Matrix", or just some light sci-fi fare, you will be disappointed. This movie is both epic and personal, hilarious and heart-breaking, deeply thoughtful yet fun. It represents the fulfillment of a promise from it's creator and is a miracle unto itself that came about simply because the fans refused to let his brilliant creation die just because of a bad decision by a biased television executive. The story behind the film is almost as uplifting as the film itself and serves to justify those of us who support the things we love, even years after they've "died".
Not fitting into any particular established pop culture mold -not unlike the characters themselves-, "Firefly" and "Serenity" may have flown in under the public's radar, but for those of us who know what great entertainment is capable of, this is the stuff we live for seeing and we're happy to keep it our little secret."
You Can't Stop the Signal
T. Stewart | Santa Cruz | 11/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It wasn't suppose to happen like this...
Back in the summer of 2001, Fox announced that "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" mastermind Joss Whedon would be creating a new television show that was a cross between Science Fiction and the Western Genres... For months Fox spent millions of dollars promoting the one "sure fire series of the season" but then the problems started... the pilot was too slow, Executive Heads Clashed, and Baseball season all got mixed into the mixing pot... and in the end fans where left with an out of order, mixed up, tale of identitify (which is ironic if you think about it).
But the fans of Joss Whedon and of the character he creates would not let this be the end of the "firefly" universe, and after much fanfare, petitions, and literal Bitching; Universal Pictures did something rather uprecidented: they green lite a "big-screen' movie which Joss Whedon describes as "a thank you to the fans."
And that is exactly what the film version of "Serenity" is. On the exterior it is a fast-past, character driven, science fiction blast for everyone to enjoy, and the people that did see it did enjoy it alot. It has survived over a month on IMDB's Top 250 Movies of All Tilme List, and has recieved glowing reviews from THE NEW YORK TIMES, EBERT & ROBERT, THE SAN FRANSISCO CHRONICLE, and more... I distinctly remember a quote from the New york Times saying "George Lucas eat your heart out."
But on the interior the movie was about the salvation of people, and it was a political commentary on big brotherism, and how if things in our society today keep going down the same road are future generations won't be much different from mal and zoe.
If your a fan of science-fiction or just good storytelling this is a movie for you."
It's about the people...
Donald M. Boettger | Millbury, MA USA | 11/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'll admit it right up front: I'm a Firefly/Serenity geek. I've seen the movie nine times in the theater (by far the most for me, any film, any genre). I've never developed such a deep connection with any other entertainment franchise with the possible exceptions of "The Lord Of the Rings" -- the books, mainly, though the movies were great too -- the "Narnia" series, and "Watership Down".
So what is it about this fictional world that draws me in so? Has senility kicked in and I'm experiencing my second childhood? Maybe, but I think I still have a bit of critical judgement left.
I think the real reason is that this is science fiction done right. It's not about bumpy-headed alien monsters or supernatural forces. It's about people, ordinary people like you and me who find themselves caught up in events outside their control. It's about holding things together when every force in the 'verse is trying to rip them apart.
Technically, this film is beautiful, with just enough SFX to tell the story without having the effects become the story. The one really heavy CGI sequence is a head-spinning thrill ride, but it's not what the movie is about.
"Serenity" is far more fast-paced than the Firefly series was, and that's a mixed blessing. The serial television format allows for more deliberate pacing and character development, which is compressed in the movie. One side effect is that "Serenity" holds up well to multiple viewings, as you catch the nuances that might have flown past too quickly on the first pass. On the upside, the fast pacing means this film is action packed. There are more twists and turns in its first nine minutes than most movies give you in their entire running length.
Even so, "Serenity" takes enough time to show you the lighter side of these characters. There are a lot of laughs here, including a few really big ones. Some of them come just when the tension seems to be nearly unbearable. That's a sign of gifted writing.
Though it's never rubbed in your face, the movie also carries a timely political message, demonstrating how evil may result from the best of intentions.
It's no surprise that Firefly has more female fans than many other SF tales. If I may be permitted a gross generalization, women tend to be more empathetic and relationship oriented than men. "Serenity" has what women, and men who are in touch with that attribute, are looking for: people you care about, trying to hang on to their humanity at the raggedy edge. "