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Serenity (2005)

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



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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. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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They're armed. She's dangerous. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action, and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Firefly  »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,086,680, 2 October 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The opening credits appear 10 minutes into the film. They are shown in a 4 minute, unbroken take through different decks of Serenity. This is called a 'one shot' of unbroken edits as the camera just keeps rolling instead of having a 'cut' to break up the shot. See more »


When Mal and Zoe talk about the man left behind during the bank job, an orange flashing light reflects off Mal's face, but not off Zoe's, even though they're standing opposite each other. This light is fire from the bridge windows as Serenity leaves the planet. This is explained in the commentary. See more »


[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. 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...
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Crazy Credits

The film content begins seamlessly from the Universal logo. After the 'Universal' title appears over the earth icon, the earth image becomes more realistic, and then the word 'Universal' is moved away to reveal the earth devastated from overpopulation, with spacecraft departing, as the first 'regular' shot of the film. See more »


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Watch "Firefly" first to really appreciate it!
21 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

My husband and I first saw this movie after just reading these excellent reviews and not knowing anything else about the movie or characters. We are both sci-fi fans.

I must say, we were a little puzzled about the great reviews. We thought the one-liners were kind of cheesy, the acting a bit poor, and we weren't at all impressed (except for maybe the fight scenes with River). The cowboy theme music didn't sit well with us either.

However, I have heard only excellent things about the series Firefly and the following movie Serenity. Were we missing something? We even watched Serenity again giving it a second chance. It still didn't click with us. I was very confused.

We were going to give up when a friend loaned us the Firefly DVDs. OK, I'll give it another shot since clearly we *must* be missing something! And that did it.

After just a couple episodes I was really enjoying myself. When I re-watched Serenity again after seeing the TV series, I thought it was excellent. I really appreciated it. The characters were more 3D, the one-liners were amusing, the music didn't bother me a bit (I was starting to like it), and I really liked all the nuances from the actors (I changed my mind - not bad acting). I felt like I knew the characters and story so much better and I really loved how they tied some loose ends together. It was also nice to see the characters again after the series ended (even on DVD).

So bottom line - if you didn't watch Firefly, you probably won't get it, may not like it very much, and you might be confused why there are such great reviews. If you did watch Firefly first (and liked it), you'll love Serenity and you'll have a great ride!

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