Synopsis: In the future, a spaceship called Serenity is harboring a passenger with a deadly secret. Six rebels on the run. An assassin in pursuit. When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an awesome action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything - or anyone - to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. But, the greatest danger of all may be on their ship.
Director(s): Joss Whedon
Production: Universal Pictures
  9 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min


...could no longer sustain

our numbers, we were so many.

We found a new solar system.

Dozens of planets

and hundreds of moons.

Each one terraformed,

a process taking decades... support human life.

To be new Earths.

The central planets

formed the Alliance.

Ruled by an interplanetary


...the Alliance was

a beacon of civilization.

The savage outer planets

were not so enlightened...

...and refused Alliance control.

The war was devastating.

But the Alliance's victory

over the Independents...

...ensured a safer universe.

And now, everyone

can enjoy the comfort...

...and enlightenment

of true civilization.

Why were the Independents

even fighting us?

Why wouldn't they look

to be more civilized?

- hear they're cannibals.

- That's only Reavers.

- Reavers aren't real.

- Full well they are.

I heard they attack settlers

from space...

...and kill them,

and wear their skins...

...and rape them

for hours and hours...

It's true that there are

dangers on the outer planets.

So with so many social

and medical advancements...

...we can bring

to the Independents...

...why would they fight

so hard against us?

We meddle.


People don't like

to be meddled with.

We tell them what to do,

what to think.

Don't run, don't walk.

We're in their homes and in their heads

and we haven't the right.

We're meddlesome.

River, we're not telling

people what to think...

...we're just trying

to show them how.

She's dreaming. Got that?

Off the charts.

Scary monsters.

Let's amp it up.

Delcium, eight drop.

See, most of our best work

is done when they're asleep.

We can monitor and direct

their subconscious...

...implant suggestions.

It's a little startling to see at first,

but results are spectacular.

Especially in this case.

River Tam is our star pupil.

I've heard that.

She'll be ideal

for defense deployment...

...even with the side effects.

Tell me about them.

Well, obviously, she's unstable.

The neural stripping

does tend to fragment...

...their own reality matrix.

- t manifests as borderline...

- What use do we have...

...for a psychic if she's insane?

She's not just a psychic.

Given the right trigger,

this girl is a living weapon.

She has her lucid periods. We're hoping

to improve upon the...

I'm sorry, sir, but I have to ask.

Is there a reason

for this inspection?

Am I making you nervous?

Key members of Parliament have

personally observed this subject.

I was told that the Alliance's support...

...for the project was unanimous.

- The demonstration of her power...

- How is she physically?

Like nothing we've seen.

All our subjects are conditioned for combat,

but River...

...she's a creature

of extraordinary grace.


She always

did love to dance.

River, it's Simon.

Please, it's Simon.

It's your brother.


They know you've come.

We can't make it

to the surface from inside.

Find out.

A subject is loose,

security breach. Shaft 7.


Backtrack. Stop.

Excuse me... one is allowed

in the records room...

...without my express permission.

Forgive me, but I prefer to

see the event alone, without...


- I need to see your clearance.

- And you are right to insist.

Parliamentary override.

Full access.


An operative of

the Parliament...

...will, of course,

have full cooperation.

I'm not sure what...

- I see no listing of rank or name.

- I have neither.

Like this facility,

I don't exist.

Let's talk about the Tams.

I assume you've

scanned the status logs...

River was your greatest

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Joss Whedon

Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon (born June 23, 1964) is an American screenwriter, film and television director, film and television producer, comic book author, and composer. He is the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures, and is best known as the creator of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), Angel (1999–2004), Firefly (2002), Dollhouse (2009–10) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–present). more…

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