I have read a lot of books where a man kills a woman’s husband for her, and let me tell you: It never works out well for the man doing the murdering (or the man being murdered). Ever. That’s doubly so when the woman asking the man to do the murdering speaks breathily, like a 1940’s pulp-novel character.
That appears to be the premise to Serenity, written and directed by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Taboo). Matthew McConaughey plays a simple fisherman trying to outrun his past when an ex-girlfriend (Hathaway) approaches him to ask if he’d be up to the task of killing her abusive husband (Jason Clarke, who seems to be typecast as abusive and/or racist). Things probably aren’t what they appear to be, because I have read this book before (so many times!) and you know that Anne Hathaway is pulling the strings. Dollars to donuts says that someone has a life insurance policy, too. And a wig.
I love a good murder movie, and this seems to fit the bill, and has me eager for fall movies already. It’s also good to see a lot more of Hathaway (also in Ocean’s 8 tomorrow) and McConaughey (who will star in White Boy Rick this fall).
Serenity opens on October 19th.