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The HMS Surprise is attached by a superior enemy, badly damaged and much of his crew injured. The captain is torn between duty and friendship as he pursues a high-stakes chase across two oceans, to intercept and capture his foe. It's a mission that can make his reputation - or destroy Lucky Jack and his crew.
Adventure - This adventure/drama is targeted toward adult moviegoers,
particularly males. However, the film is mostly slanted toward
drama than action, and those watching for the latter may be
disappointed. Violent content makes the film inappropriate for
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 1 GD, very few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Shootings and stabbings; some bloodshed. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use. ACTION: Swordfights and shootouts; combat scenes. COMEDY: Some clean wisecracks.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good For those with any interest in 18th and 19th century seafaring or naval warfare, this is a must-see motion picture. For others, it's an enlightening and entertaining experience, but there's the issue of the slow middle act to overcome. The problem exists, but it isn't insurmountable, and that's the reason I'm recommending the film.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent Peter Weir's "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" is an exuberant sea adventure told with uncommon intelligence; we're reminded of well-crafted classics before the soulless age of computerized action. Based on the beloved novels of Patrick O'Brian, it re-creates the world of the British navy circa 1805 with such detail and intensity that the sea battles become stages for personality and character.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good Crowe delivers the star turn an epic with no romantic angle needs, and it's his second consecutive performance (after A Beautiful Mind) to better his Oscar-winning role in Gladiator. You keep expecting this captain to show a dark side, but he's just a plain old good guy.
And novel insights notwithstanding, this is a plain old good movie, too. For an ambitious undertaking that could provide a marketing challenge, it ought to find fans among the young and the old and both genders.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Not the greatest opinions for such an epic adventure starring Russell Crowe. About one-half to two-thirds of moviegoers enjoyed it very much. Of the remaining opinions, about half thought it was "Good" but quite a few rated it "Fair" to "Terrible." And these low opinions are from every age and gender group.
From the Detailed Opinions it's clear that some moviegoers were expecting more of an action movie. Most of the negative comments were that it was slow and boring. So, if you demand lots of action this movie's likely not for you. But, if you enjoy historical dramas about the characters as much as the events then I recommend Master and Commander.
Set during the Napoleonic Wars, Crowe is Patrick O'Brian's Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, renowned as a fighting captain in the British Navy, and Paul Bettany is ship's doctor Stephen Maturin. Their ship, the Surprise, is suddenly attacked by a superior enemy. With the HMS Surprise badly damaged and much of his crew injured, Aubrey is torn between duty and friendship as he pursues a high-stakes chase across two oceans, to intercept and capture his foe. It's a mission that can make his reputation - or destroy Lucky Jack and his crew.