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A high-concept mystery with a twist, Serenity isn't what it appears to be at first -- unfortunately, it's also not anywhere near as clever or entertaining as it thinks. Read critic reviews

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Baker Dill is a fishing boat captain who leads tours off of the tranquil enclave of Plymouth Island. His peaceful life is soon shattered when his ex-wife Karen tracks him down. Desperate for help, Karen begs Baker to save her -- and their young son -- from her abusive husband. She wants him to take the brute out for a fishing excursion -- then throw him overboard to the sharks. Thrust back into a life that he wanted to forget, Baker now finds himself struggling to choose between right and wrong.

Cast & Crew

Anne Hathaway
Karen Zariakas
Jason Clarke
Frank Zariakas
Diane Lane
Constance
Jeremy Strong
Reid Miller
Robert Hobbs
Ape
Steven Knight
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Stuart Ford
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Deborah Zipser
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Karine Martin
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David Lipman
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Jeffrey Stentz
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Critic Reviews for Serenity

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  • Feb 18, 2021
    Sci fi and noir clashing down in a laughable, incoherent and discombobulated mess of a plot. A list actors teamed up with an A list writer/director and they all seemed to have sent reason and subtlety into oblivion. A great unintentional comedy nonetheless.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2019
    Full of mystery and intrigue, Serenity is a dark and provocative film. The story follows a fisherman on the verge of bankruptcy who's approached by a former girlfriend to help kill her abusive husband. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Djimon Hounsou, and Jason Clarke, the film has a pretty strong cast; but none of the characters are all that likable. However, the plot takes a really interesting, surreal turn and tackles some controversial issues. Also, the writers do a good job at building suspense and tension. It's kind of a mess at times, and there are some tonal problems, but Serenity is a unique and daring film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2019
    One of the weirder films I've seen recently. And I like weird, I just don't like... This. Credit where credit's due though, both Anne Hathaway and Jason Clarke are one hundred percent believable in their roles, which is impressive given the setting, and... Terrifying, given their relationship dynamic.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2019
    Yeah the twist is awful, but so is the rest of movie. The dialogue sounds like it was written by a Noir algorithm.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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