September 30th, 2005

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Still of Nathan Fillion, Jewel Staite, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk and Morena Baccarin in SerenityStill of Sean Maher and Summer Glau in SerenityStill of Summer Glau in SerenityStill of Chiwetel Ejiofor in SerenityStill of Adam Baldwin and Nathan Fillion in SerenityStill of Joss Whedon in Serenity

The crew of the ship Serenity tries to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their number who is telepathic.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 7.9/10 (134,771 voted)

Critic's Score: 74/100

Director: Joss Whedon

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Chiwetel Ejiofor

In the future, a spaceship called Serenity is harboring 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 awesome action-packed battle between the relentless 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.

Nathan Fillion - Mal
Gina Torres - Zoë
Alan Tudyk - Wash
Morena Baccarin - Inara
Adam Baldwin - Jayne
Jewel Staite - Kaylee
Sean Maher - Simon
Summer Glau - River
Ron Glass - Shepherd Derrial Book
Chiwetel Ejiofor - The Operative
David Krumholtz - Mr. Universe
Michael Hitchcock - Dr. Mathias
Sarah Paulson - Dr. Caron
Yan Feldman - Mingo
Rafael Feldman - Fanty

Taglines: This is one 'River' you do not want to cross.


Official Website: Official site [uk] | UIP [Spain] |

Release Date: 30 September 2005

Filming Locations: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - 200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,086,680 (USA) (2 October 2005) (2188 Screens)

Gross: $38,849,097 (Worldwide) (11 April 2006)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The cannon the crew mounts to Serenity is a WW2 German 20mm Flak 38.

Revealing mistakes: When River somersaults through the hatch, just after Simon is wounded, she is wearing a brace on her right knee. The brace disappears in the next shot.

[first lines]
Teacher: 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...

User Review


Rating: 10/10

The others do a good job gushing about the movie. Sure we're fans and bound to like the movie more than the usual fare, but those looking for an original and thrilling movie experience, this will shock and amaze. The Firefly world introduced a fantasy home for many of us, with characters we truly cared about and dilemmas we could get behind. The best way to describe it is to take the best aspects of the Han Solo elements of the original Star Wars, and build a world around that. There's no grand theme or clear cut good and evil. There's just a band of fugitives trying to make their way in a dangerous sky. It's something folks can relate to, although most of us won't be in a space battle or fighting psychotic creatures anytime soon. The point of the name Serenity is the name of the ship, though in a deeper sense that's what our characters are in search of. Finding freedom and a home, and that's what the ship represents to them, and to the fans. So you understand why so many are so excited about this dinky little scifi flick.

The movie captures that beautiful feeling but takes us on a ride that there's no turning back from. In my opinion, the one thing that makes for a truly GREAT movie is if you walk out of the theater a different person than when you walked in. This movie takes you on such a journey I didn't know if I would leave the theater at all. Sure the visual effects are stunning, but even the unfinished effects I saw meant nothing to me because it was the characters I cared about (and note that the digitally created ship itself is one of them, and I cared just as much for that than any of them). The humor is probably better than anything in the theaters this year, and the action is even greater. My screening actually came a week after Episode 3 was released, and I immediately washed my hands of Mr Lucas, and months later when I saw Fantastic 4... well let's not even talk about that one.

This movie really does have something for everyone, and even in the core of the geek fandom, the range of people is total - men and women split it at least 50/50, uber-geeks and "cool" types, and a surprising amount of attractive people of all ages. Seriously though, don't trust the rants of the fans. Check out the movie for yourself. Give it an honest chance and I promise you will be taken on a journey that will turn you into a fan as well.

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