Director: Steven Knight
Release Date: January 24th 2019
When you have a cast of Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway what’s the worst that could happen? You have two A-list actors starring in an action filled thriller. Surely it can’t be that bad. Unfortunately, Serenity is THAT bad. Steven Knight’s thriller is a sloppy, unorganized mess.
Serenity takes place on a beautiful remote island called Plymouth. Baker Dill (McConaughey) is a self-employed tourist guide, taking locals or tourists into the ocean on his boat. Dill lives a simple life of doing this day in and day out. Then out of nowhere his ex-wife Karen (Anne Hathaway) shows up. She is suffering from an abusive husband, so she gets the brilliant idea that Baker should take her husband out on his boat, get him liquored up, then throw him overboard to the sharks. Baker is intrigued. After all, Karen says she will pay her ex-husband $10,000.
Serenity has been getting awful reviews. Laughable almost. All of those terrible things said about it are true. That was evident nearly three-fourths into the movie, and then the awful twist makes this one of the worst movies in years. Steven Knight isn’t a household name. It is fascinating how he managed to get Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway to be a part of his film. I can’t imagine either of them reading the script and thinking “Yep, this is it!” For Mathew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway this will without a doubt be the worst movie of their careers.
Hopefully for Knight he is able to recover from such a swing and miss. Next time maybe he’ll take it down a notch. Maybe not rely so heavily on some twist that really didn’t need to be there. If you find yourself watching Serenity and get a little lost, don’t worry. It’s not you. It’s the lackluster story telling and rushed plot. Hopefully you never find yourself watching Serenity.