Pitch-black thriller Serenity is about to tie your brain up in knots…
So, you’ve worked your way through every possible permutation of Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch special, and hankering for your next fix of dark, head-scratching drama.
Well, look no further than Serenity, the new movie starring Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey, available to watch in cinemas and on Sky Cinema from 1 March.
McConaughey plays the amazingly named Baker Dill, a fisherman living on a remote island, quietly obsessing over the legendary tuna he’s never quite been able to catch.
However, his life is turned upside down by the unexpected arrival of his ex-wife (Hathaway), who offers him $10 million to kill off her second husband.
At least, that’s what seems to be happening on the surface, because just like Black Mirror, there’s a lot more to Serenity than meets the eye.
Here’s how it’s going to have you well and truly hooked…
1. It’s riddled with mysteries
From the very first scene, Serenity bombards you with burning questions.
For example, where exactly is Plymouth Island? And what is McConaughey’s character doing there?
Why do all the locals seem to know more than they’re letting on?
What’s the deal with the strange man in the suit, and what is the message he seems so desperate to deliver?
And will our hero ever catch that fish?
If you like your dramas to keep you guessing, there’s more than enough to get your teeth into…
2. It’s pure escapism
If you’re a fan of stylised entertainment, you’re going to want to dive headfirst into Serenity’s dreamy seaside setting.
Shot in Mauritius, the movie’s mysterious island looks as though it’s been plucked from the pages of a ritzy holiday brochure.
With its rolling cliffs and emerald waters, you’ll find yourself wishing you could swap places with McConaughey and co., no matter how creepily the locals start behaving.
Of course, if something looks too good to be true it generally is, as McConaughey’s character starts to ask himself, how did he even get there in the first place?
3. It turns a classic genre on its head
Serenity looks and feels like an old-school dark thriller – a throwback to the days when Body Heat and Basic Instinct ruled the box office.
The minute Hathaway enters McConaughey’s favourite bar, going full femme fatale as she asks him to commit a murder for her, you just know things are going to get sensual.
However, using a traditional genre framework as a jumping off point for something else, Serenity soon heads off into deeply unexpected territory.
Don’t be distracted by a shirtless McConaughey – you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled to work out what’s really going on…
4. The twist will blow your mind
Obviously, we don’t want to say too much about this, but we can pretty much guarantee your jaw is going to hit the floor about two thirds of the way in.
While a lot of mainstream Hollywood movies tend to play it safe, Serenity isn’t afraid to venture out of the box with the way its story pans out.
It’s genuinely refreshing to see a drama full of A-listers trying something different, and however you feel about the twist, you almost certainly won’t see it coming.
If you love the way Black Mirror pulls the rug out from under you, chances are you’ll be on board with Serenity.
Serenity will be in cinemas and on Sky Cinema from 1 March