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1.9
74 Ratings

Serenity

Directed by Steven Knight
United States, 2019
Thriller, Mystery

Synopsis

The mysterious past of a fishing boat captain living in the Caribbean comes back to haunt him, ensnaring his life in a new reality that may not be what it all seems.

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Serenity Directed by Steven Knight
It is particularly fascinating to see what and who is emphasized: Edison and many other early inventors and alternative cinema machines (the Kinetoscope!), many stars and most unknown by me, Caligari as the example of “film art,” Griffith as one of the few filmmakers named (Méliès another), many different kinds of early color processes (Prizma!).
January 31, 2019
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The screening room claque’s cackling didn’t show their sophistication but proved that they were unprepared for Knight’s sincere, sometimes banal emotion. They ignored the significance of Baker upbraiding Hounsou for his attempt to “save me from temptation”; and the detail that the elusive fish that broke Baker’s heart is named “Justice.”
January 30, 2019
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For the most part, it’s a bland reprocessing of neo-noir tropes, vaguely borrowing its tone and theme from “Body Heat” and other films that are themselves reprocessings of earlier Hollywood motifs. But the clichés of “Serenity” are jolted by a big and strange twist that attempts to impose purpose and logic on those recyclings.
January 28, 2019
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