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Serenity (2005) on IMDb

Plot Overview

rotating earth‘Earth that was’ could no longer sustain our numbers, we were so many. We found a new solar system, dozens of planets and hundreds of moons. Each one terra­formed, a process taking decades, to support human life, to be new Earths. The Central Planets formed the Alliance. Ruled by an inter­planet­ary parlia­ment, the Alliance was a beacon of civili­zation. The savage outer planets were not so enlightened and refused Alliance control. The war was devastating, but the Alliance's victory over the Independents ensured a safer universe. And now every­one can enjoy the comfort and enlightenment of our civilization.

Kaboom!Dr. Simon Tam (Sean Maher) effects a daring rescue of his psychic teenage sister River (Summer Glau) from a secure Alliance facility, obtaining passage for them on a smug­gler's “Firefly” space­craft. Being incon­ven­ienced by the new pass­engers Captain Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) allows them to make it up to him by his taking River—“She's a reader”—on their next raid to warn them of unseen dangers. She her­self being unstable is her own kind of danger, besides which she is being seriously hunted by the Alliance for her incriminating inside know­ledge buried in her sub­con­scious. Out of civic duty Capt. Mal investigates a ghost planet—a “black rock”—that plagues the mind of River. They find a holographic ostracon that gives them the goods on The Alliance, which they've got to publicly dis­semin­ate before the Alliance swats that firefly.


River pursuing a righteous course found it life giving who had been doped up on drugs. The doctor doing the evil experiment(s) on her found it led to his death. (Prov. 11:19) “As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.”

(Prov. 11:20) “They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.” The degenerate Reavers (humans who have turned into crazed cannibals) are abominable. The villagers they prey upon are but whole­some settlers.

(Prov. 11:21) “Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.” The Alliance is going to get theirs, while the good doctor's sister looks to escape.

(Prov. 11:22) “As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is with­out discretion.” Engineer Kay­win­net Lee “KayLee” Frye (Jewel Staite) is one good looking chick to have on board, but her brazen innuendo pegs her as piggish in her sexual interests.

(Prov. 11:23) “The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.” Captain Mal has only the best interests at heart, of those under his responsibility, though many of his practical decisions conflict with the sentiments of those affected. The top Alliance operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor) will carry out orders with­out question, but his war crimes are worthy of wrath.

Production Values

” (2005) was a spin-off from the short-lived Sci-Fi series “Firefly”. It was written and directed by Josh Whedon. It stars Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. It boasts a great lead actor in Fillion.

MPAA rated it PG–13 for sequences of intense violence and action, and some sexual references. The bad language seems to have been relegated to 26th century euphemism, although the Outtakes are pretty raunchy. Music is by David Newman and cinema­tog­raphy by Jack N. Green. There's lots of CGI shown in it. The theme song of the original TV show, “Firefly,” plays at the end of the credits.

Review Conclusion w/ Christian Recommendation

“Serenity” (2005) is run of the mill Sci-Fi with a modicum of humour, good characters & decent action although a bit tepid. Someone thought enough of the concept to take it on after the TV series fizzled. If you like Sci-Fi, it's good enough though not the best.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Edge of your seat action. Suitability for Children: Suitable for children 13+ years with guidance. Special effects: Well done special effects. Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Three stars out of five.