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Serenity

30sere Picking up where his cult show "Firefly" left off, writer-director Joss Whedon's tale of galactic unrest follows Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), captain of the transport ship Serenity, and his scrappy but loyal crew. When the ship picks up two fugitives from the powerful coalition ruling the universe, "Mal" and his mates find themselves at the center of a cosmic conflict, pursued by military forces and space-roaming savages.
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Scene for scene, Joss Whedon's unassuming science-fiction adventure is more engaging and certainly better written and acted than any of George Lucas's recent screen entertainments. Read the review
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Joss Whedon makes a rousing feature-directing debut, exploiting the cult status of his short-lived series Firefly to continue it on the big screen.
Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader  full review
 
It has a great sense of humor about it, an attractive cast and it's just a lot of fun.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper  full review
 
Serenity isn't about effects. It's about narrative and characters, and it does a solid job in both areas.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
 
Half a millennium after Neil Armstrong's one small step for mankind and we're back in the saddle again.
Desson Thomson, Washington Post  full review
 
Fans get priority seating on the ride, but there's plenty of room for rookies to clamber aboard.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star  full review
 
This genre picture is still a thrillingly original science fiction creation.
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
It would make a cute TV show.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel  full review
 
Serenity is so like TV that it ought to come with a clicker so we can switch over to the next movie at the multiplex.
Kyle Smith, New York Post
 
As always, Whedon's sci-fi fantasies smartly parallel the serious issues we're grappling with here on Earth, while his protagonists remain mordantly funny in the face of utter disaster.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News  full review
 
Whedon knows that he's blazing down a well-worn trail, but he addresses that by deftly adding elements of humor, action, romance and horror and continually confounding audience expectations.
Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
The best summer thrill ride since Batman Begins, Serenity roars in a late but mighty welcome considering this year's sub-fun slate.
Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle  full review
 
Part of the kick to Serenity is watching the filmmaker expertly play with moods as he hyphenates the western and sci-fi genres.
Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail  full review
 
If you want to take a trip to the stars, this is the rocket to ride.
Tom Long, Detroit News
 
I mean Serenity no disrespect when I say it's enjoyably junky.
 
Most of Serenity is talk, and thankfully, it is pretty great.
Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
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