The 40 Year Old Virgin

Starring Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres and Alan Tudyk. Directed by Joss Whedon.
Running Time: 119 mins.
Rated: Rated M.
Though very popular, Star Trek is still an acquired taste. The short-running series on US television, Firefly, was also an acquired taste, too late to save it but strong enough to get the green light for a big movie.

Serenity is a space ship in a universe where human behaviour, despite the technology, is not too much different from our own, five centuries hence, used for raids but embroiled in a parliamentary attack in the galaxies. There are the overtones of Star Trek with an MTV style which should prove engaging for younger fans. However, the complicated plotline is not served so well by the television visual style nor the granite-jawed (on wooden performers!) deadpan TV soap opera acting-style. British Chiwetel Ejiofor stands out, acting-wise, as the villain.

Loud and brash, violent and flashy - reassuring many of us that it is probably better living now than in this future.

Fr Peter Malone MSC is the International President of SIGNIS: the World Association for Catholic Communications and an Associate of the Australian Catholic Film Office.

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