Top 25 Countdown — No. 18

Today the countdown continues with a film that has to be considered a cult classic.

No. 18 — Serenity (2005)
Starring: Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Gina Torres, Adam Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Ron Glass, and Chiwetel Ejiofor
Director: Joss Whedon
Quote: The Operative: It's not my place to ask. I believe in something greater than myself. A better world. A world without sin.
Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: So me and mine gotta lay down and die... so you can live in your better world?
The Operative: I'm not going to live there. There's no place for me there... any more than there is for you. Malcolm... I'm a monster.What I do is evil. I have no illusions about it, but it must be done.
About: In the fall of 2002, FOX aired a show from Joss Whedon called "Firefly." Whedon — who created "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" — had created a new show that can only be described as an incredibly space western. The ratings weren't incredible, though, and it was canceled after 13 episodes. Most would probably think that was the end. But "Firefly" had an incredible cult following, and that led to FOX letting Whedon give it a proper send off in 2005 as the feature film "Serenity." I was completely unfamiliar with the series or the world when I stumbled upon "Serenity" after it made its way to DVD. From the moment it kicked on, I was hooked. I've since watched the whole series — more than once — and the film "Serenity" continues to be among my favorite films. I love the story and the performances. Ejiofor — who wasn't on the series and only in the film — is great, and his exchanges with Capt. Reynolds (Fillion) are among my favorite moments in the film. There is something beautiful about the way Whedon tells this story and about his dialogue and characters that is great. "Firefly" was unlike anything else on TV, and this film is unlike any other film I've seen. I also love some of the bigger ideas in the story, too. This is a fitting cap on the series, and it also works as a great stand alone film. That's a rare achievement.
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action, and some sexual references.


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