Serenity

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The crew of the ship Serenity (first introduced to fans in the beloved television series 'Firefly') tries to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their members who is telepathic.
Directors
Joss Whedon
Starring
Sean MaherChiwetel OjioforNathan Fillion
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Science FictionSuspenseAdventureAction
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Gina TorresAlan TudykMorena BaccarinAdam BaldwinJewel StaiteSean MaherSummer GlauRon GlassChiwetel EjioforDavid KrumholtzMichael HitchcockSarah PaulsonPeter James Smith
Producers
Barry Mendel
Studio
UNIVERSAL PAY TELEVISION
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Violencesmokingsexual contentfoul languagealcohol use
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4.8 out of 5 stars

15526 global ratings

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Movie NerdReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
4k review with spoilers
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If you are interested in the 4k version of this film more than likely you know the story so my review is based on new video and audio formats.
I have purchased the DVD then Blu-ray and finally the 4k version.
This release is by far the best this film has ever looked. I thought the Blu-ray had a good picture and the audio was decent. The 4k is so much better than I thought possible.
The Video
The 4k remaster is fantastic. The HDR is very evident in the way colors pop. With the 4k you get the usual upgrades and clarity of facial pores and facial hair sharpness. Clothing has texture and color that are vast improvements over the standard Blu-ray. In the opening sequence there is a vast improvement that gives the film a new depth of field that gives it almost a 3D quality. In the darker scenes there is a good improvement in fine detail. For example at 1:19:52 and again at 1:20:38 when the crew is watching the video on Miranda, River has a very small braid in her hair on the right side of her face that I could not see in the Blu-ray version. You can pick up objects in shadows that were lost in past versions.
Because the movie has has lots of scenes in both sunlight and the darkness of space it is a great movie to show off your equipment.
Audio
We get a new DTS-X soundtrack that makes great use of the overhead and surround speakers. Dialog is very clear even in scenes with lots of action. For me at the 1:26 mark when the reavers are chasing Mel you get the best DTS-X has to offer. If I want to show off my system this is the scene I use to show people how great your home theater can be. While all speakers get a great workout it doesn't feel forced and of the sound effects feel like they belong
While 4k is still relatively new, I own about 15 4k movies this movie is the best upgrade from standard Blu-ray that I've seen so far. It's the 1st movie I would give a 5 star rating based solely on audio and video.
While I love this movie I can't imagine it looking any better than this release. Until we can watch movies in a format similar to what the operative was reviewing at the escape sequence at the beginning of the movie I can't imagine needing to buy any other version.
Watched on a Samsung 75mu9000 tv with Samsung UBD M9500 4k player and Denon 1295w 7.2 avr.
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T. MartinReviewed in the United States on November 30, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Buy the Blu-Ray, but avoid the 4K release.
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Five stars for the story, & the movie on Blu-ray, I don't know how many times I've watched the Blu-ray, but it's a lot. I've found the video & sound to be near perfect.
The 4K release, on the other hand, is below average. I was disappointed that it didn't get the loving care it deserved.
Yes there's more detail, but there are more problems as well.
The sound bounces around from well balanced to speaker-blowing loud, depending on the action.
Until they release a corrected 4K, I'd recommend the regular Blu-ray. The slight drop in video resolution isn't too noticeable (with the overall elimination of flaws), and I love the immersive sound, where I don't need to keep the remote at the ready.
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♥ Books & GadgetsReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Are. You. Freaking. Kidding. Me.
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This is what will fall out of your mouth after watching this film. I promise. That said, if you have not seen Firefly the series, STOP NOW. One should absolutely NOT watch this without watching Firefly first. Seriously--don't do it. If you do, you're gonna have bad time. I promise. Not only because you won't have a clue what's going on, but well, it may render the series somewhat bittersweet for you--just a little. Don't ask why. I won't tell you. Please trust me here. ONLY watch this after you have watched the series.

The label "Serenity" appears twice in the episode timeline of Firefly. It is the name of both the first and last episodes of the series. Confused? You don't say? Here's the thing: the first episode of the show, the pilot, is called "Serenity", and that is NOT this film. This film, obviously also titled "Serenity", is essentially the final episode of the series, and was made several years after the series went off the air, following what is without a doubt the most massive bungle in the history of broadcasting. Fox (being, well, Fox) aired the episodes out of order, in a truly terrible timeslot, and actually pre-empted it for other programming at least once, possibly twice, before canceling it after only one season. This infuriated the fans, and as time passed, this outrage spawned a movement to crowdfund the making of a movie. This movie, Serenity.

The second "Serenity" was made to provide closure for the fans. Without the fans, it would not ever have been made at all. But that's another story; there is actually a documentary about it, "Done The Impossible", which you could/absolutely should watch after watching the series and the movie. If you are unaware, Firefly is widely considered the very best sci-fi television series ever made among sci-fi fan circles. If you trash-talk Firefly to its serious fans ("Browncoats"), they *will* end your friendship (and quite possibly you). Incidentally, I am one of these people. You have been fairly warned. Firefly's premature death was the greatest tragedy in the history of television, imho. Worse than the ending of Dexter. Yes, really.

Firefly is without a doubt, the pièce de résistance of Joss Whedon's career, eclipsing everything he made both before and after, as the pinnacle of his (apparently somewhat elusive) brilliant achievements. Again, in case it is not abundantly clear, watch this AFTER you watch the series. Go buy Firefly (it's $9.99 on Amazon Prime Video--less than $1/episode), and watch that first. Then, and only then, watch this. You can thank me later.

No more info for you. No spoilers. Just watch the show and then watch this. Every moment of it is brilliant. And then you shall be forever cursed to suffer the fate of all Firefly fans: you will spend the rest of your days wanting more of it, hoping desperately for it, but at the same time, terrified of a reboot that would just defame the original. You have been fairly warned. Now, go search for Firefly and misbehave a bit.
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Gregory TomlinsonReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Was the climax all it could have been?
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Five star reviews are pretty rare for me. In the case of Serenity, I believe a rating this high is warranted. Serenity was the highly anticipated conclusion of that compelling and woefully short lived Space Western series known as Firefly, and this review assumes the reader has seen that glorious single season.
I had heard that serenity "resolves" the plot of Firefly. While I'd say that is essentially true: yes, this film generally does that, but also raises the ante by introducing a new concept. In fact, Serenity goes further than just about any other sci-fi series conclusion I am aware of. It seeks to challenge and penetrate the vapid conception forwarded by almost all science fiction: "Hey kids, there is a utopia out there, and all we need now is just the correct formulation of fascistic progressive statism to finally realize it."
Firefly had its plot issues, and I could tear it apart as well as the pickiest reviewer. Regardless, I'd give that series a 4.6 of 5 stars. Why? Because this series challenged any number classical limits imposed by the genre. How fast does the ship travel? Never addressed. Where is Earth? Blissfully ignored. But beyond the standard fare, perhaps the strongest virtue Firefly had was the fact that the viewer's intelligence was never insulted. It was bold and direct and a little dry in disregard of the conventional sci-fi viewer contract. Serenity takes that concept of trust in the consumer and multiplies an already sharp point.
Core Plot Concerns:
Who are the Reavers? Solved.
What chance do rebellious privateers possibly have against an ever encroaching federal state? Solved.
More info about the formation of the Alliance? Partially Solved.
Will the young doctor (Simon) and his hot little engineer crush (Kaylee) figure it out? Solved.
Can Mal and Inara ever increase the level of passive aggressive flirtation to something even halfway worthy of either character? Solved.
What would it take to finally quiet River's fragmented and severed mind? Solved in a "TV" form of believable.
Will Jayne ever become a "real boy" and someone we find tolerable? Solved.
What happens with Wash and Zoe? Solved in a haunting way.
Shepherd Book, what's his story? Solved enough. (Whatever his former life entailed, in the end, the writers trusted the viewer to realize that it changed him into a far more powerful kind of person.)
And one new concept:
What happens when the most perfectly written, delightfully sinister "federal" enforcer (arguably, of all time) bumps into this ugly thing called personal freedom and independence? Solved.
Battle strategy:
Twists worthy of a micro version of BSG and the TNG movies.
Hand to Hand combat:
Riveting in the typical way required these days to close out any screenplay.
In summary, the movie Serenity does the task justice of wrapping up almost every conceivable loose end left by the short-lived Firefly series. It is a must-see for any fan or even semi-fan. The only drawback is that it doesn't quite do justice to the colorful universe created by Joss Whedon and Co. in the series... but how could any two-hour movie ever hope to do so? This show was cancelled far too soon - so say we all. It will be missed sorely and us browncoats will be eternally dreaming of a reboot.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 30, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love the movie
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Movie's good. Ignore the 1 star review guy. He has literally no idea what he's on about when saying The Alliance is turned into an evil government out of no where. There is literally an episode of Firefly where the very painfully kill an entire security department for simple having spoken to River and Simon. Same episode you find out what they'd been doing to River's brain. They have ALWAYS been the big bad. Every episode starts with someone explaining how they forced everyone to do what they wanted. There has never been any attempt to hide them being evil. They were never in any way a neutral party. The main crew are thieves, but they have morals and rules. They don't kill if they don't need to and they even at one point return medicine they stole because they found out a town needed it. If you actually watched the show you'd know these things. If you don't want to watch the show the movie works fine on it's own.

It's just your standard syfy action movie. Evil government trying to hide their dirty secrets. It's a very good closure to a show that (IMO) ended to early.
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C. ChiampaReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Extraordinary Disappointment
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So after years of friends needling me, I finally got around to watching all of "Firefly". I'll admit off the bat that, averaged out, my take on the show was lukewarm at best. So maybe you want to keep that in the back of your mind, but maybe not. Because my main issue with this absolute disaster of a film is that it feels barely connected to that show. If you had told me Fox had made this on their own without input from any of the original creative team I'd have believed you, that is how alien it feels from the product it allegedly sprung from. One of the things I enjoyed about "Firefly" was that there were no real good or bad guys. Our protagonists were mostly outlaws and the Alliance's main crime seemed to be being too big and bureaucratic for its own good. Yes, there were those blue glove people and The Academy but they seemed to potentially be a rogue unit?
Now, tho, our heroes are still kind of outlaws and the Alliance is just a generic, evil government with nameless assassins and multiple, government-sanctioned evil experiments. This loss of moral ambiguity eschewed one of the more interesting aspects of the show, and brought down the quality of this product a GREAT deal.
Betrayal of worldbuilding aside, it's also just a rather mediocre film. the pacing is a bit janky, and not unlike some of the "Star Trek" movies the transition from ensemble show to ensemble movie kind of forgot to give all of the ensemble anything significant to do. It's mostly the Nathan Fillion show here, which wouldn't be bad except it seems a lot of Mal's more pleasant qualities were dropped, leaving him spending most of the film brooding, short-tempered, and lacking anything to make the viewer want to relate to him. The big secret that drives the film and its reveal, again, it less a startling revelation and more "what a lazy solution to one of the show's ideas".
Overall, I went in with tepid expectations, and even THOSE weren't met by this absolute waste of time. Seriously, if you like "Firefly" but somehow haven't seen this yet, do NOT bother.
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mocoffeeplzReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This
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If I had to choose only one sci-fi series for the rest of my life this would be it! Great writing, casting, and character development! I could not imagine a different actor playing any of the roles other than those cast. Always wanted to see more of whoever didn't happen to be in the scene at the time. I absolutely am bonkers over the mix of the western feel and tech advanced society so masterfully portrayed in this series. Very Well Done! And I could listen to the theme music all day! Everything is perfect.....except.....one season only. Oh...this is about the movie. Same goes for it. Watch the full season and finish off with the gourmet dessert of the movie. You will not be disappointed.
By the way this isn't actually a five star movie. It's definitely a 10. Come on Amazon.
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VT Book LoverReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film, but not the Amazon streamed version
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This is one of my favorite films. We all have a film that defines our quirky nature, and this is mine. I know it so well I can almost repeat lines along with the actors.

So when I say I noticed something off in my recent Amazon streaming, I speak with authority.

They did something to the coloration that totally took away from the film noir feel of the piece. Newer is not alway better. It would be like colorizing the Maltese Falcon. Whatever you did, Amazon, undo it, it's not good.

They also appear to have truncated certain scenes, probably in an effort to shorten the film. It's a long film. That's one of the beauties of this baby. By the time it's over you're dripping in sweat and ready to hit the bottle. (Or kombucha, your preference.)

By shortening and eliminating scenes, they took away from character development, and damaged the pacing of the film. There are a couple of sweet moments that were just lost, and the sense and feel of the film were affected.

In my opinion, it's a sin to monkey with classic pieces of filmography. Lovers of Rocky Horror can probably relate. Would any of those scenes have benefited from being shortened by even one microsecond. It's easy to imagine a whole theater of partially clothed revelers draped in toilet paper shouting, no!!

Think what you like of him, Joss Whedon is a genius, and this film is one of the greatest expressions of his talent. I really wish Amazon had just streamed it in one piece.
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