Serenity (2019) - One of the most creative thrillers in recent memory - 9/10 (20/02/10)
Serenity is one of the most underrated thrillers in recent memory that doesn't deserve the unfairly harsh critics and reviews it has received. The film tells the story of a fishing boat captain and war veteran who lives on a Carribean island. Even though he has left his bleak past behind him, he battles serious alcohol problems, has financial issues and has become quite grumpy. One day, his past comes back haunting him when his former wife finds him and tells him that her new husband abuses her physically and mentally which has a negative impact on their son. She asks her former husband to kill her new husband to save their son and stage it as an accident. The femme fatale is also willing to offer a hefty sum that would seemingly solve the captain's problems all at once. He needs to figure out whether he should reconnect with his past and become a murderer to save his son or ignore the offer and live with a heavy burden on his conscience.
This movie convinces on numerous levels. The plot certainly needs to be pointed out since it comes around with an unpredictable and creative twist halfway through the movie that changes your perception of everything that has happened up to that point and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the memorable bittersweet ending. The acting performances are great and especially Matthew McConaughey convinces as tough war veteran longing for peace of mind. The locations of the film are phantastic as they portray both the stunning landscapes of an isolated Carribean island but also show the negative impacts such a small community can have on its different members.
Many critics were disappointed by the twist which prompted them to give the film exaggeratedly low ratings. It is certainly a very unusual twist that might be perceived controversially. However, it's a turn that is very unique and makes this movie stand out among similar crime flicks. It gives the film an unforgettable imaginative dimension that already makes it an early cinematic highlight of the year.
If you are someone who likes to think outside the box and longing for some risky storytelling, this movie certainly is for you. If you simply want to be entertained and like things by the numbers, you shouldn't watch Serenity. Personally, this film has been a very positive surprise, I will certainly purchase it legally in the future and make my family members and friends discover it as well.« Manbiki kazoku / Shoplifters (2018) - The perfect balance between emotionalism and intellectualism - 8/10 (16/02/19)Aquaman (2018) - Predictable fun - 7/10 (10/01/19) »