Rated PG-13 119 minutes 2005

A funny, relatively sick-in-the-head sci-fi adventure based on Joss Whedon’s failed television series Firefly. A band of rebels rescue a young woman named River (Summer Glau) with psychic powers, spiriting her across the galaxy while trying to evade dark forces. Sound familiar? While the movie does touch upon Star Wars territory, it still manages to be quite unique, with a strange Western flavor, an offbeat sense of humor and a surprising amount of violence. When River kicks martial arts ass, it is a marvel to behold. Whedon, making his feature-film directing debut, doesn’t use fancy-pants editing tricks to get those punches and kicks across. His action scenes are very easy to follow, and quite rousing. Nathan Fillion (who reminds a bit of Bill Pullman in Spaceballs) makes for a decent hero figure, and Adam Baldwin (the My Bodyguard guy) makes for a great comedic presence. I hope this one does well, because I want more. With Star Wars wrapped and Star Trek on hiatus, this would make for a great franchise.

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Director: Joss Whedon

Writer: Joss Whedon

Producer: Barry Mendel, Chris Buchanan and Alisa Tager

Cast: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Ron Glass, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Krumholtz, Michael Hitchcock, Sarah Paulson and Peter James Smith


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