Serenity (2019)

With two hot stars like Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway how can you go wrong with a suspense thriller like Serenity? The film was a box office flop and has crappy scores on Rotten Tomatoes. Even Christy Lemire of RogerEbert.com gave the film one star. I think I might give it a little higher than that though.

Steven Knight, writer of the 2016 Brad Pitt film Allied, directs the couple in a film about a fisherman (McConaughey) who is living on an island taking tourist out to fish. He is confronted by his ex-wife, who offers him $10M to take her new husband out on the boat, get his drunk, and toss him overboard in chummed shark waters. She tells a sobbed story about her new abused life and uses their son to entice him to perform the act.

The plot is perfect. How in the hell can you not love this film. The acting is great. You have wonderful back story to connect with the characters. The movie is on its way to being a awesomely wonderful suspense thriller…until.

There’s the twist. And I can’t tell you about the twist, other than there is one. And with this twist, you turn off the damn movie and say what the hell was that about. Without the twist, this movie would have been perfect. With the twist, critics agree this film was such a let down in the end. I had such high hopes for this.

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