Your Quick & Simple Review: “Serenity”

Fishing boat captain, Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey), is leading a peaceful life on Plymouth Island.  That peaceful life changes when his ex-wife, Karen (Anne Hathaway), unexpectedly shows up. In need of help, Karen begs Baker to save her, and their son, from her husband, Frank (Jason Clarke).  Her plan, to have Baker take Frank out on a fishing outing, where Baker feeds him to the sharks.  However, there is a bigger surprise Baker discovers.

Usually, when you have a cast of this caliber, you get something unbelievably amazing.  On a rare occasion, you get something totally disastrous.  In Serenity, we got disastrous.  I think this is one of the few times I actually thought, when it was over, WTF was that???

As the movie begins, with Matthew out of his boat, I got a kinda Moby Dick/Old Man And The Sea vibe.  Except his character was infatuated with a giant tuna that has apparently eluded him for some time.  As the story goes on, you realize things that are being said and done will all have some sort of meaning down the road.  So they were immediately trying to set up the twist at the end.  But when Anne’s character shows up, then with her husband soon after, it takes a huge nosedive from there.

The story, even though they tried, never really felt thrilling or mysterious.  I was curious to see how it was all gonna end, but not because it excited me… mostly cause I just wanted it to be over.  When the twist was finally revealed, I couldn’t help to think back at to some things we saw earlier in the film and think… well that’s gross.  LoL

I think this might have been a better book than a movie and not one that I would recommend seeing anytime soon.