Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran on the losing side of a galactic civil war, now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family – squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal. When Mal takes on two new passengers – a young doctor and his unstable, telepathic sister – he gets much more than he bargained for. The pair are fugitives from the coalition dominating the universe, who will stop at nothing to reclaim the girl. The crew that was once used to skimming the outskirts of the galaxy unnoticed find themselves caught between the unstoppable military force of the Universal Alliance and the horrific, cannibalistic fury of the Reavers, savages who roam the very edge of space. Hunted by vastly different enemies, they begin to discover that the greatest danger to them may be on board Serenity herself. This is the feature film version of the late, lamented sci-fi cult TV series “Firefly.”
Never having seen Firefly on TV, I knew it might be somewhat difficult to follow who was who. The rest of the audience didn’t seem to have a problem and I figured they must be the cult following of the series. This sci-fi adventure had a good story line and many good effects. What I enjoyed most were the quick one liner’s that the crew made to one another throughout the film. Joss Whedon does a good job on the writing, but I felt the photography and film editing left something to be desired. It was very choppy and contained many scenes where the camera just kept spinning around a person or shot making me dizzy.
The violence was a bit too heavy as well, incorporating many graphic scenes of people getting killed and beat up. The cult followers can have Serenity. As for me, I’ll stick to Star Trek or Star Wars.