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.
Baker Dill's converted shipping container home features the Maersk company emblem (a seven pointed star). The founder of the shipping company was deeply religious and first used the sign on his steamship during a time when he was praying for his sick wife, and asking for a sign. If a star appeared in the sky, it would mean "the Lord answers prayers." See more »
The story is set on Plymouth Island, Florida except there are cliffs shown and you repeatedly see mountains in the background (which do not exist in Florida). Also, the vehicles have steering wheels on the right side and they are seen driving on the opposite side of the road. See more »
[on a quiet still ocean]
Do you see that, captain?
Yeah. I see him. Alright, what do you think man? Do you think the beast is close? What do you say, Duke?
He's down there somewhere. Making up his damn mind.
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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 See more »
For entertainment value alone
Before you get mad about the score I'm giving this beautiful mess of a film, please keep in mind that I rate things on a scale of how entertained they kept me as opposed to how "good" they actually were.
That being said, this movie is not anywhere close to good. In fact, it may even be outright bad. But I'll be damned if there was a single moment in the film where I was less than entertained. I laughed more during the course of Serenity's runtime than I did at a good majority of last year's intentional comedies.
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. From Matthew McConaughey drinking during nearly every frame of the movie to Anne Hathaway saying "daddy" every other line, I won't forget their acting any time soon.
The plot is a convoluted mess and some of the turns it took won't be well-received but who cares? By the time the "twists" twisted, I was already so engrossed by this deranged piece of filmmaking that I didn't mind one bit.
Go with incredibly low expectations, try to lose yourself in the strange spell Serenity weaves, and you might just have as good a time as we did.
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