08 June 2008

Radar Blips - Serenity

The Year: 2005

The Players: The whole gang of Firefly (d'uh) and Joss Whedon as director.

The Take: $26 Million - sadly the modest $39 million budget was not recouped.

So whats the deal with this movie?: Firefly was a poorly manged TV series canceled by Fox after half a season. The DVDs sold so well that a movie was made. But the movie again faltered leading to extremely good DVD sales resulting in rumors that the series would somehow be revived again. Serenity is the name of the main space ship.

Why you should see it: This is grade A sci fi. To be honest, its actually a space western. And even people like me that dont like westerns can like this. You may not appreciate the characters as much if you havent seen Firefly, but the series isnt a prereq (This was my intro to the univesre or "verse" for short). The movie does not look like it only cost $39 mil. There are some great sequences involving space zombies, and an Alamoesque last stand, and a deadly programmed assassin girl. The real charm are the characters including the new to series sword wielding antagonist.

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