Release Date: September 30th, 2005 by Universal Pictures
The Cast: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, David Krumholtz.
Directed by Joss Whedon.
BASIC PREMISE: Malcolm (Fillion) leads the crew of the spaceship Serenity to defeat the Alliance along with the help of River (Glau), a psychic passenger. Based on the show Firefly.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The special effects are the best part of this ultimately boring film. There are many exciting action scenes that nice to look at, but nothing more. The adrenaline rush of energy is not enough to offset the dull, one-dimensional characters and the horrible acting skills of Fillion as the lead character. The plot is not very fresh nor is it surprising. Unfortunately, for those who are unfamiliar with the show Firefly, it very hard to follow what exactly is going on. There is also excessive violence for a PG-13 movie. The closest this film gets to humor is the bad casting of David Krumholtz as Mr.Universe. He is the only recognizable and relatively established actor throughout the entire movie. The script is very dry and stilted. Nonetheless, the stunts are well choreographed, the cinematography is very flashy and slick, and the pace moves along quickly. If only the screenwriters did not forget about audience members who haven’t watched or even heard of Firefly, this would be much easier to enjoy without being confusing. Even after watching this film, it still wouldn’t give them any reason to go back to watch Firefly for the first time. Amazing visual effects are simply not enough to sustain their attention for its nearly 2-hour running time.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is expected or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: A hard-to-follow plot and one-dimension characters.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 4
THE BOTTOM LINE: An action-packed film with plenty of visual effects, but its confusing plot alienates those unfamiliar with Firefly and the acting ranges from horrible to mediocre at best.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: True fans of Firefly- Movie Theater (1st Run)
Everyone else- TV
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