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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

2003 motion picture starring Russell Crowe

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Lost Potential

  • Apr 28, 2004
The best that can be said of this movie is that the special effects, realistic sea battles, and cinematography are fantastic. They really make the movie. Unfortunately, the story itself is rather plodding and does /not/ do Patrick O'Brain's novel justice. The plot is essentially a cat and mouse game between Captain Aubrey (British) and a French ship in 1805. There are subplots-such as leadership, bonding of the crew, superstition, and the brilliant seamanship of the Captain. The ship's doctor is a very interesting character-both caring, scientific minded, but aboard a warship. Unfortunately, none of these aspects are ever explored in enough depth to give take the movie to the next level. There was a lot of potential for storytelling squandered.

Overall, I would rate the movie a 6 out of 10.

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November 19, 2010
I thought it was pretty good
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review by . February 07, 2010
Russell Crowe is brilliant in the role of Captain
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review by . September 21, 2010
There are not many movies that actually enhance the reading of a good book, much less books, but Master and Commander does exactly that.     Patrick O'Brian's Aubery-Maturin series is the kind of literature that sucks you in and won't let go. While telling the story of a charismatic British Naval sea captain and his ships surgeon, O'Brian recreated the whole world of the 19th century British seaman. But as wonderful as those books are with thier nautical language and exciting …
review by . May 25, 2004
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review by . March 01, 2004
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review by . June 06, 2004
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review by . November 17, 2003
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Pros: Crowe, Weir, and the great Visuals.     Cons: None     The Bottom Line: Master and Commander The Far Side of the World is one of the best films of the year and a likely Oscar contender not to be missed.      In 1805, control of the seas was key to the wealth and power of a nation. With rich trade routes and colonies at stake, France and England found themselves locked in a bloody war for control of Europe and the high seas. On board …
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir, starring Russell Crowe as Jack Aubrey, with Paul Bettany as Stephen Maturin and released by 20th Century Fox, Miramax Films and Universal Studios. It is adapted from three novels in the Aubrey–Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Academy Award for Best Picture, and won in two categories, Best Cinematography and Sound Effects Editing. The movie is also notable for being on the list of most expensive films of all time, adjusted for inflation.
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Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: November 14, 2003
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 2hrs 19min
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