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Serenity (2019)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Baker Dill
Anne Hathaway ... Karen Zariakas
Diane Lane ... Constance
Jason Clarke ... Frank Zariakas
Djimon Hounsou ... Duke
Jeremy Strong ... Reid Miller
Charlotte Butler Charlotte Butler ... Lois
David Butler David Butler ... Jack
Rafael Sayegh ... Patrick
Michael Richard Michael Richard ... Ron
Robert Hobbs ... Ape
Kenneth Fok ... Lionel
Garion Dowds ... Samson
John Whiteley John Whiteley ... Old Wes (as Johnny Whiteley)
Edeen Bhugeloo ... Mike
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Storyline

Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) is a fishing boat captain leading tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. His quiet life is shattered, however, when his ex-wife Karen (Anne Hathaway) tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. She begs Dill to save her - and their young son - from her new, violent husband (Jason Clarke) by taking him out to sea on a fishing excursion, only to throw him to the sharks and leave him for dead. Karen's appearance thrusts Dill back into a life he'd tried to forget, and as he struggles between right and wrong, his world is plunged into a new reality that may not be all that it seems.

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There is a place you can escape your past, as long as you follow every rule. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, and some bloody images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Filmnegah [Iran]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Serenity See more »

Filming Locations:

Mauritius

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,415,403, 27 January 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,547,045, 7 March 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,547,045, 7 March 2019
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This is also the second collaboration between Matthew McConaughey and Djimon Hounsou. They previously collaborated in Amistad (1997). See more »

Goofs

News anchor reported Baker Dill was awarded a Purple Heart for "gallantry"; a Purple Heart is awarded to those wounded or killed in action. See more »

Quotes

Constance: Okay, Dill. Say fate gave you the choice: you can get the lady, or you could catch that tuna that's in your head. Which one would you choose?
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Connections

Referenced in 1st Viewing: The Country Bears (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Petite Fille de la Campagne
Performed by Dewey Balfa, Marc Savoy & D.L. Menard
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkway Recordings
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Good Lord, I Loved This Film
30 January 2019 | by cgrady-2See all my reviews

Why do people enjoy films with an abstracted hyper style, like 'Shutter Island,' or Zulawski's 'Possession' but dismiss it here?

Perhaps people are just primed to like (or pretend to like) a film directed by someone they think is important.

Another thought: Imagine something like this film made during the German Expressionist period of cinema. Silent cinema. Subtitles. Foreign. The techniques employed become acceptable.

I loved the sheer ballsiness of everyone's commitment to this movie. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jason Clarke give it everything. And that only comes about by having confidence in the film.

The plot twists aren't there to surprise the audience in the manner of something like 'The Usual Suspects', they exist to create the feeling of a troubled conscience. Perhaps, that's what everyone is snickering at? When one of the most popular pass times is shaming people on social media to whom we feel superior, the idea of self doubt and uncertain morality are things we need to ridicule?

I dunno. I'll say this: I was never bored watching this film, which is more than I can for most films these days. Some day it'll find a proper following. It deserves it.


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