Movie Review – Serenity (2019)

Serenity, 2019.

Directed by Steven Knight.

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane, Jason Clarke, and Djimon Hounsou.


A fishing boat captain juggles facing his mysterious past and finding himself ensnared in a reality where nothing is what it seems.

Quietly dumped in a smattering of cinemas and on VOD in the UK this week following its disastrous late-January U.S. release, Serenity is destined to be remembered for several things, but none of them good. In addition to being thoroughly panned by critics stateside, stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway reportedly made every effort possible to distance themselves from the impending dud.

Despite his general inconsistency as a screenwriter, writer-director Steven Knight has truly outdone himself with this fascinatingly off-key misfire, which begins as a seemingly self-consciously trashy thriller before transitioning into ill-advised territory with a mind-boggling plot twist that, in a better movie, might be called “ambitious.”

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