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Review Written by: Estefan Ellison
Film: A-
What the MPAA Rating should be: PG (for violence)

Directed by: Joss Whedon
Written by: Joss Whedon
Produced by: Barry Mendel
Starring: Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Sean Maher, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk
Studio: Universal Pictures

Before the premature cancellations of Futurama and Arrested Development, Fox was responsible for ending another highly intelligent and well-written series known as Firefly. Due to the popularity of the DVDs, Universal Pictures gladly allowed Joss Whedon to continue his beloved vision in the form of a feature film (and there are talks of the first two shows mentioned in my review to do the same). The result is a splendid ride that blows recent future-set science fiction out of the water (and yes, that includes Revenge of the Sith). Unlike Star Wars (which most people will compare this to), Serenity features both great acting and a very well done screenplay, something usually missing in a sci-fi actioner. This is a world filled with interesting characters that he care and root for.

Earth has become over-populated and people have now moved to other planets, while also combining The United States and China (the two biggest superpowers) into one big culture. Serenity looks into a crew of Browncoats, captained by Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), who is still distraught over his loss in the war. His ship is holding captive a doctor and her sister River, who are fugitives from the dreaded Alliance. They are also being followed and it is up to the crew of Serenity to think of how to survive.

This is a very well done film and Joss Whedon really does have a great career ahead of him directing films. One of the main reason for Serenity's success is that both fans of the show and those unfamiliar with it will be able to enjoy, so nobody is left. Boys will be excited by the action scenes, while girls will like the romance and various tough female characters. Humour is also featured throughout the course, mostly coming out of the mouths of underated actors Alan Tudyk and Adam Baldwin. Those looking for a fun romp, an intelligent science fiction story and a cult favourite to latch on to will find it all in Serenity.

Nathan Fillion and Summer Glau in Joss Whedon's beloved Serenity.
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