Serenity – Movie Review

25 10 2010

Serenity is written and directed by Joss Whedon, the creator of TV’s Buffy, Angel, and of course, Firefly (the series that Serenity is based on). This film is basically a Star Wars plus Star Trek deal with zombies thrown into the mix. Yes, you heard right, zombies. A virus that turns people into mindless beings is on the loose and it’s up to a team of space bandits to save the universe and themselves.

There is a character played by Summer Glau call River, and she is by far the most interesting aspect of the film. River was part of a failed experiment and now she has certain top-secret information stuck in her brain. She is also a lethal killing machine that can be ‘activated’ and ‘deactivated’ with a spoken password. I like how the character fits into the main storyline and  Summer Glau is perfect for the role.

The crew of “Serenity” is brilliantly thought up and cast. Joss Whedon puts together a team of diverse personalities and motives, and different audiences will like the various protagonists for different reasons. Although you get the stereotypical hunk, the nerd, the rash leader etc, the crew of Serenity is easy to latch on to and you care about what they are up to next.

The CGI here is not the best, and the climax of the film may be too confusing. However, with an engaging story and likable characters, Serenity will have you at the edge of your seat. It is nicely paced, action packed, and you do not need to have any prior knowledge of the franchise to enjoy this film.


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