Serenity (2019) - Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Hohum Score

9

Engaging

A fishing boat captain juggles facing his mysterious past and finding himself ensnared in a reality where nothing is what it seems.

IMDB: 5.3
Director: Steven Knight
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway
Length: 106 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 84 out of 431 found boring (19.48%)

One-line Reviews (218)

The story is very predictable although I don't think is was meant to be predictable.

It remains though a funny mixture, with the opening hour in retrospect rather pointless given the direction it takes.

With acting to take the lead and a story to try and blow your mind, these are the qualities one needs to keep in mind when going to see this film, (use the mantra of There is a Twist, There is a Twist) Still by going on this twist, the usual components that people go to the movies for is loss to mundane tactics and odd approaches, alongside a repetitive collection of complaints and plot points that are difficult to swallow.

Carrying on in the same vein as Interstellar, ensuring nobody knows what's actually really going on (thanks Matt), the film is really captivating and intriguing.

Deffinetely worth watching.

The start was very slow and the speaking at times was inaudible.

Plus compelling acting -suspended my disbelief as the incongruities in the script began to unravel- I still didn't care!

Before I start, to use this as a prequel to the Firefly series is a total waste of time.

Mind boggling .

Not a perfect movie, but entertaining overall.

The plot certainly needs to be pointed out since it comes around with an unpredictable and creative twist halfway through the movie that changes your perception of everything that has happened up to that point and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the memorable bittersweet ending.

Interesting plot, good acting and unexpected end!

Now, now, before you deem my review outrageous due to the score, I have to say that it's enjoyable for the fact that everything is borderline hilarious.

It features compelling performances, intriguing sets.

Mind blowing and Complex film that beautiful done .

Predictable!

The script was tedious and not worthy of the actors in it.

Worth watching?

The worst movie I've seen all year.

The only problem with this is that I found the major twist incredibly predictable with the film basically giving it away far too early.

I liked it but I got a little bit bored in the middle.

Because of this slow approach - particularly on the lead-up to the 'big reveal' (and the ham-fisted clues along the way) the denouement clumsily presents itself long after you've pretty much come to your own (invariably correct) conclusion anyway - a bit like being slapped gently in the face with a soft toy fish, rather than being hit head-on by a speeding shark (if you'll excuse the topical analogy here).

I saw three films in one day, and this was a complete waste of time, poor story, poor acting, I mean really, takes place in the virtual world, don't waste your time and money

Waste of time .

Don't get me wrong, the story a tad bit farfetched but overall it made sense and was enjoyable to watch.

6/10 for the acting, the ambition and the technical work, also because I still recommend it as something quite unique and found it entertaining.

Worth watching over and over!

I was enjoying the first half of the movie, with an interesting noir build up and a compelling character played by Matthey McConaughey.

It starts off ok but once we had 'the twist' it just went nowhere and I was like "meh".

Confusing?

waste of time .

The scenery sets are breathtaking, great use of color for a small island.

It starts out with a cliché tsunami; not a regular tsunami, ergo the island we visit remains safe.

The first "GOOF" listed on this site describes Baker as swigging the last of his drink, then taking ANOTHER final swig of his drink, which should've been an empty glass.

It starts with a waste of certain characters, each intriguing in their initial introduction, but quickly dropped to mundane characters who appear at the oddest times.

It was predictable and struggled to make you care for the characters.

The only thing why I wouldn't give this more than a 7 is that the story's main twists were actually a bit too predictable - slightly less hints might have done wonders.

It was so boring.

Not a good film, but one that's worth watching .

Don't waste your time on 'Serenity' I'm sorry to say, there are bigger and better fish in the sea.

The twist was just bizarre and made the movie absolutely pointless.

This was and enjoyable movie.

Most of the story you're possibly getting from the trailer where Matthew plays a freshman that seriously intense at time, his ex-wife played by Anne Hathaway who turn up out of now with asking for him to kill her Abusive husband played by Jason Clarke.

Great references to classics like The Old Man and the Sea (1958) mixed with the future of technology and games, at the same time a tribute to gamers who are totally immersed in a game, I do not see how to have continuation, more if I had really would go to the movies.

Sadly, the film falls flat as a mystery thriller that tries play smart but gives you an empty satisfying result.

I was on the edge of my moral reasoning seat- is killing the man the right thing to do?

As a straight noir thriller it is dull and predictable.

When in fact it should have portrayed it as mysterious, confusing and dramatic.

It's a borefest and since you know where the story is going from the beginning you kinda want it to be over asap.

I expected to dislike the movie, not a big fan of drama, but I enjoyed it.

Entertaining and very stylized .

I guess my subconscious really enjoyed it

The worst movie by A list stars so far in 2019.

The direction is kind of dull.

But I found myself completely immersed in it right to the end, right from the beginning.

Then, a somewhat predictable plot twist changes pretty much everything since our perspective is entirely different now.

I was able to guess the ending half way through which was a little anti climatic for me but I still enjoyed it nonetheless because the two leads are phenomenal.

It certainly stands out as an unpredictable story.

I read one review saying, just about enjoying a film and I really enjoyed this film, always like something unexpected and this film gave it to me....

Enjoyable and different .

Really really enjoyable.

It's no award winner, I'll agree, but I found it fascinating at times.

This is a film that sets up a hugely predictable twist that is filled with flaws.

As for the story itself, well it's pretty bland.

Different from Shutter Island as many pull in as parallel, this movie is boring and predictable to a huge degree.

Seriously, don't waste your time.

This film was a fair attempt at offering film viewers unpredictable plot.

An utter waste of money, but more importantly, time because that's something your money just can't buy and you can never, ever get it back.

All in all, the incredible acting performances and breathtaking scenery makes this movie worth a trip to the theatre!

Really, really enjoyed it.

Waste of money and talent.

Don't waste your time .

It's really well done and entertaining as hell.

Stunning film .

This film could've easily been "Let's film Matthew McConaughey during a fishing trip" and would've been a much more compelling narrative.

Also evey scene was so engaging, never felt bored and with amazing performance by Mathew and Anne Hathaway including wide scenery and nice background score, it was fine movie packed with suspense, drama and crime.

What a waste of time , did someone actually read the script and said yeah this will make a good movie wtf it soooooo stupid

Please don't waste your time.

A pretentious mess .

I wanted to leave the cinema 10 minutes after the movie start.

So this movie that takes routes and goes places, has a slow pace and may feel weird at first.

Uninteresting .

Maybe I enjoyed it so much because I'm a computer programmer myself and know that we are not many years away from creating virtual simulations as portrayed in Serenity??

Very boring .

But if you like seeing authentically unusual movies, then ignore the haters: the story is a fusion of disparate genres, its sentimentality, and its weirdness, Serenity is actually worth watching.

Gross, boring, discombobulated and finally big disconnect on video games leading to alternate dimensions that are also magic.

In my opinion better than some Oscar nominated boring stuff.

The ludicrous twist that occurs completely derails the movie and makes everything that comes after it essentially pointless.

Boring!

Such a waste of time!

But you have to make it through a boring hour or so to find that out.

The story is pretty engaging, and the huge twist is just unexpected.

Love the mystery concept idea about the story but the direction is dull, script is flat with characters, and it is forgettable.

Well, it was different from most genres' crime/thriller, rom-com, sci-fi highly repetitive scripts/plots.

Night Shyamalam -- a convoluted, incoherent, pretentious mess that's part Double Indemnity, part Jacob's Ladder, part Sunday School film.

But a large part of it was predictable from the beginning.

As sad and boring as that would be, it would be infinitely more exciting that this heap of warm dung.

Matthew McConaughey is Baker who's an island fishing boat captain and a guy with a haunted past which involves his bleached blonde ex wife Karen(Anne Hathaway) and the past is slow to figure out only it involves their son and new husband.

Where Jeremy Strong's oddball suit and tie wearing Reid Miller, a teenage computer wizz, telepathy and video games comes into the equation is best left for viewers to discover, as this thriller's rough yet often enjoyable journey on the high-seas of high concept movie-making takes place.

Engaging.

I think Matthew McConaughey is good at making the mundane seem interesting, and they nominated Djimon Hounsou for an Oscar twice for being able to support these "movie stars" while doing...

Dull boat in the Ocean .

Just so bad, worst movie I've seen in awhile.

Serenity overcomes it's dull first half and some bad dialogue with a committed performance from Matthew McConaughey and much more interesting and unique second half with a great twist.

Pointless.

But it's definitely worth watching.

Incoherent, tedious ...

nice package but no script.

Intense and funny .

It's such a shame it's been so badly panned, as I enjoyed it for what it is; a sad and lonely boy trying to find his moral compass through his dead father, that he's created in a video game.

One of the most entertaining films in awhile .

When it comes down to the deed, an unexpected turn of events take place & we find Samsun awaiting orders from the bridge.

It is a story within a story, but the connection between the two stories seems a bit contrived and illogical.

Lines and scenes blend together as the stars get stuck expressing their disdain of their lives, which sometimes makes the scenes boring or repetitive.

This movie is a total sham beginning with the pretentious title itself.

Really enjoyed it on several levels.

Watchable because of great cast, but ultimately hollow and pointless .

Probably the script is not that bad but the direction makes this movie dull, uninteresting and childish.

Well worth watching.

We are left to wonder if the confusion of the story is intentional - and if it is, the message is a bit too jumbled to make sense - or is that the intention?

The story is about a happy go lucky always dull fisherman Dill who is obsessed about catching a particular fish.

But this movie was enjoyable.

Here it is: this movie is worth watching.

Serenity is slow, no doubt, drawn out in a drama like film that starts to get lost in the director's vision.

The story was stupid and again boring.

What a waste of time and money.

The last thing is that it's too predictable.

It's still (original but) dull.

So far, so predictable.

A strange, eerie story--like floating in a dream lulled by a warm sea breeze of hazy mystical uncertainties.

Don't waste your time you will not get it back.

It's literally a waste of time.

Waste Of Time .

She offers him a large sum of money if he will kill her husband (played by Jason Clarke) who has become unbearable to live with due to his consistent abuse.

Worth the watch.

However, I'm also the first to affirm that if a film fails to deliver a captivating story with compelling characters, there's no magnificent cinematography or mind-blowing special effects that can salvage it.

Not what I expected, but intriguing.

This way, the later portion of the movie is a tedious will he-won't he, followed by a utterly predictable conxlusion.

Clever movie and yeah it's slow but do all movies need to be fast paced.

One of the Worst Movies I've Ever Seen.

The film mostly feels bland, dark and gritty.

Save your money.

A complete waste of time, and shocking acting to boot.

By the time we get there, I'm far too bored to care.

However once it gets going it becomes very intriguing and had me fully engaged.

Delivered an interesting mind bending concept but an empty satisfaction of the results.

The whole suspenseful (albeit sometimes unclear) plot comes together at the surprise twist/climax, which for me I did not see coming.

This hurts the rest of the film, with the twist dragging and becoming dull (not to mention extremely hard to accept).

Well, the movie it's a little bit confusing due to it's mystery and the need to keep it slow to not share too much information too soon.

Overall though this film is a waste of time as star power couldn't save it.

DISLIKES:Waste of Characters Pace Editing Lack of Excitement Going Nowhere Too Bold On Twist?

This is one of the worst movies that I've seen in along time.

Felt like a waste of time.

A boring film with nothing to keep you invested in the characters, a huge waste of talent.

Trying to execute the original concept, led to lines and sends going very oddly, and by getting lost in the convoluted ideas, the other areas the movie wanted to go for fell short, sinking into the sea of the mundane.

The movie goes in a completely confusing, boring other direction.

Without any exaggeration, I think this is one of the worst movie twists I have ever seen.

The setups are paid off half way through the movie, and then your left with the paper thin characters trying to put the pieces together of a mystery the audience has already solved, and the way the characters go about is so mundane, and so stupid.

The performances were attempting to evoke a noir feel but came across more John Waters and the camp factor alone was a fascinating hybrid of cringy and hysterical.

The forced suspense & peculiar behavior from the characters is tedious and distracting; moreso when they start spoiling the twist themselves.

This movie had ups but mostly downs for the most part I kind of enjoyed it I thought Matthews and Ann's performances were pretty good.

Why give even more reasons for someone to leave the theater frustrated?

While these were probably intended to be clues to the twist that comes about an hour in, they don't feel like clues, instead developing confusion (and probably some laughs).

I was quite surprised with this one and really enjoyed it.

Waste of time and money.

But me and my dad were bored and it was the only movie showing so we went.

Its a complete waste of time.

The storyline was bad, and it was very boring.

There were occasional snappy lines of dialogue, such as one of Diane Lane's character Constance, who asks Baker, "Are you going to take him out," which may be read on two levels: (a) Are you going to take the evil stepfather Frank Zariakas out on a fishing expedition, or (b) Are you going to take out Frank, as in taking him out permanently by killing him and feeding him to the sharks?

Alful boring film.

It starts slow, then it has a mind-blowing twist and then it becomes too weird...

Enjoyed it.

Beautiful empty vessel .

Well I enjoyed it .

I like thinking through the show as it unfolds and I enjoyed it.

Far from perfect and has holes but for the most part its entertaining, intriguing and very well acted.

Overly dramatic and mostly unpredictable with sudden surges of seduction.

Very weak confusing story line- it's all about Matthews amazing body at times- it is over acted, doesn't make any sense until the last 2 minutes of the movie, what a 3 Star our iof 10 Star movie- very poor 😌

There are many times you will throw out your arms in confusion yelling, "what the f*ck!

The two are very similar, confusing at first, every character has a deeper meaning, and a jaw dropping twist.

Fascinating story that will leave you in wonderment.

This movie is very enjoyable to watch with more than one plot twist.

Pls don't waste your money and wait and see it in normal TV or online after couple of months.

This was soooo boring, It's as if the slowest, most boring person you know, took several Valium and attempted to put together a puzzle.

The film is engaging from its first moments.

might not be to everybody's taste, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Yes, it needed a rewrite but, I enjoyed it.

The acting was very good considering it was a boring storyline.

The story is quite simply boring.

Good pictuer but Waste of time.

The music in the film is absolutely stunning.

The performances were attempting to evoke a noir feel but came across more John Waters and the camp factor alone was a fascinating hybrid of cringy and hysterical.

Instead, it is a tedious thriller that is forgettable.

There's an intriguing and meaningful story to be told deep down in this messy screenplay.

The pace of this is pretty slow because a big part of the film is spent trying to drown you in emotion.

The film shifts into a sort of Body Heat type of thriller when his ex suddenly shows up, and it's all engrossing and mysterious.

As another reviewer commented - it's definitely an entertaining watch.

this is probably the worst movie i have ever seen.

Some parts are confusing.

We enjoyed it.

I can see why so many have taken to Knight's film as an early contender for the years worst, but despite all its flaws and strange choices, Serenity is always watchable and a sometimes wickedly enjoyable thriller with a difference and a heartfelt message, offering a lot more than many of its other by the numbers counterparts.

At times bordered on boring.

To summarise deftly before I go into any detail: this is a bad film, but a film I consider to be worth watching.

It was well done, the acting was great and, do consider, that if you thought it wasn't, maybe it was great in that the characters you were watching were actually supposed to act in a way that you would mistake for bad acting, or for cliche acting.

A great cast and story and definitely worth the watch.

Compounding the pain, my wife - who had wanted to see this - fell asleep an hour in and that meant that I had to soldier on alone.

Compelling performances by seasoned actors, contrast in a surreal surrounding, upstaged by a clever writer and director, Steven Knight.

Like I said, I can't really say whats so bad about this movie without spoiling the twist, so I'll just say the only reason you should waste your time with this movie is if you love bad movies and want to see one of the dumbest twists ever created.

Although it channels film noir classics, such as "Double Indemnity" (1944), "Body Heat" (1981) and "Out of Time" (2003) with its steamy sex and murderous agenda, "Serenity" emerges as a dreary morality tale about adultery and murder.

a total waste of time....

Plot is contrived and unbelievable.

But like a flick of the 90's, you see yourself going through the end of the movie because 1) it still enjoyable because of the scenery and cast 2) you force yourself to believe that it will have a "second part" like a wake-up from the production.

Otherwise hold out for something more exciting in the near future.

and a suspenseful plot.

This has to be the worst movie I've actually ever seen ever.

I very much enjoyed it!

It seems like it's aiming to be some sort of modern reality-interpreting experience that will get you thinking and pretty much comes off a bit forced and overall not interesting, even boring at times.

It has nice suspense, thrilling till the end and teasing the audience with little info to find finally build up the story.