Sunday, October 02, 2005

Movie Review: Serenity

Serenity is based on the Sci Fi Channel series (imported from Fox) Firefly. I've only seen one episode of the show (which I really liked) so I'm not going to offer up a 'compare and contrast' to you.

The movie opens almost immediately with an anti-government sentiment. There are several children sitting at small desks in a peaceful outdoor classroom listening to their teacher praise the Alliance for beating down the rebels who would not submit to Alliance rule. One child asks why they would not submit since the Alliance simply wants peace and prosperity. In the the back of the class there was a little girl by the name of River. Without looking up she says, "Meddling, people just want to be left alone."

To have a movie open up with a line that is the epitome of what all freedom loving people want was really a treat. I knew I was going to like the movie before I saw it, but from that scene I was hooked.

I'm not going to get in to the plot of the movie, just go watch the trailer. I will tell you however that the chemistry between characters was awesome. The dialog had a backwater, hick edge too it that they pulled off very well. The special effects were not over done. The movie was funny and tense and highly entertaining.

I can't think of a better movie with an anti-government message that I've ever seen. Up to this point, the best movie of the year has been Batman, but now it's bumped down a notch. You have to go see this movie. I know Bane has been waiting for it.