Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Release Year: 2003
Director: Peter Weir
Writers: Peter Weir (screenplay), John Collee (screenplay), Patrick O’Brien (adapted from three novels from his Aubrey-Maturin series)
Starring: Russel Crowe, Paul Bettany, James D’Arcy, Edward Woodall, Chris Larkin, Max Pirkis, Jack Randall, Max Benitz, Lee Ingleby, Richard Pates, Robert Pugh, Richard McCabe, Ian Mercer, Tony Dolan, David Threlfall, Billy Boyd, Bryan Dick, Joseph Morgan
Rating: Won 2 Oscars: Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing. Nominated for 8 Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects. Nominated for 3 Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Actor – Drama (Russel Crowe).
During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain “Lucky Jack” Aubrey (Russel Crowe) is out-witted by a French captain and his formidable war vessel. Aubrey decides to pursue the ship around the Cape Horn pushing his ship and crew to their limits.
Peter Weir’s Master and Commander is both an authentic voyage aboard a Britsh war vessel during the Napoleonic wars and a cracking good seafaring adventure. Although it received much positive attention upon its release, it is little talked of today which is a shame. Crowe (Gladiator, 2000) stars as the gifted and determined captain of one of His majesty’s finest vessels, if you ask him, and receives wonderful counterbalance and support from a gentle Bettany (A Beautiful Mind, 2001) as the ship’s scienceminded doctor and the captain’s close friend. Their friendship is actually one of the most enjoyable aspects of the film. It is a stunning picture to look at, with captivating battle scenes and a cast of interesting character who range from old experienced seafarer to very young children trying to make a career for themselves in the royal navy. Possibly one of the best sailing films out there. Highly recommended.
Paul Bettany, who plays Dr. Maturin, was the only member of the cast not to get seasick during filming. This was due to the fact that he was a member of Sea Cadets as a child.
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