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Serenity (2019)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Baker Dill
Anne Hathaway ... Karen Zariakas
Diane Lane ... Constance
Jason Clarke ... Frank Zariakas
Djimon Hounsou ... Duke
Jeremy Strong ... Reid Miller
Charlotte Butler Charlotte Butler ... Lois
David Butler David Butler ... Jack
Rafael Sayegh ... Patrick
Michael Richard Michael Richard ... Ron
Robert Hobbs ... Ape
Kenneth Fok ... Lionel
Garion Dowds Garion Dowds ... Samson
John Whiteley John Whiteley ... Old Wes
Edeen Bhugeloo Edeen Bhugeloo ... Mike
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Storyline

Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) is a fishing boat captain leading tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. His quiet life is shattered, however, when his ex-wife Karen (Anne Hathaway) tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. She begs Dill to save her - and their young son - from her new, violent husband (Jason Clarke) by taking him out to sea on a fishing excursion, only to throw him to the sharks and leave him for dead. Karen's appearance thrusts Dill back into a life he'd tried to forget, and as he struggles between right and wrong, his world is plunged into a new reality that may not be all that it seems.

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There is a place you can escape your past, as long as you follow every rule. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, and some bloody images | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Serenity See more »

Filming Locations:

Mauritius

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,415,403, 27 January 2019

Gross USA:

$8,547,045

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,547,045
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film strongly references some famous literary works, including Moby-Dick (the protagonist's Captain Ahab-like obsession), The Old Man and the Sea (the character's obsession to catch the one fish that got away), The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (the same symbolic bird always following the boat), and Shakespeare's The Tempest (the "we are such stuff as dreams are made on" quote). See more »

Goofs

The picture of Baker in a Marine Corps uniform shows him with his awards/ribbons on the incorrect side of his chest. Ribbons are worn on the left. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Duke: [on a quiet still ocean] Do you see that, captain?
Baker Dill: Yeah. I see him. Alright, what do you think man? Do you think the beast is close? What do you say, Duke?
Duke: He's down there somewhere. Making up his damn mind.
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Worst Movies of 2019 (So Far) (2019) See more »

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Accordion Boogie
Written by Clifton Chenier
Published by BMG Bumblebee (BMI) on behalf of Tradition Music Co. (BMI)
All rights administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkway Recordings
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Better Before The Twist
6 May 2019 | by Skinner24See all my reviews

Just finished watching this with my wife. I'd seen the trailer and it looked good... and it was, until about halfway through the movie where, in my opinion, it went off the rails with a stupid plot twist. I understood the twist and everything that transpired after, but felt it unnecessary and worse, that the movie would have been better without it, sticking to it's original setup. The whole landscape of the film changes after that twist and not for the better - it feels like it exists just so it can exist, and not for the betterment of the story.


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