ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nominations – P – Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2004) Movie Review

This is under P because of director Peter Weir.

Director: Peter Weir

Writer: Peter Weir, John Collee (Screenplay) Patrick O’Brian (Novel)

Starring: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, James D’Arcy, Edward Woodall, Chris Larkin

Plot: During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.

Runtime: 2 Hours 18 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World starts as a British Captain Jack Aubrey (Crowe) find his crew getting caught up in the middle of a mid-ocean battle with a formidable French vessel, one which will see him often coming up short against this enemy.

Jack refusing to let the ship escape, he looks to follow the vessel across the ocean in a desperate attempt to capture them for King and Country.

Thoughts on Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

ThoughtsMaster and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a maritime thriller showing one captain getting caught up in chasing down an enemy ship that is alluding him, while also posing a major threat to them in combat. The film will see the head strong captain clash with his best friend and ship’s surgeon over what is best for the men, whether they should continue the chase or discover more of a world. The pacing for this film is wonderful, showing the slow discoveries along the way, which will help inspire more of the battle, while showing the battles the sailors will find themselves going through. Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany are brilliant in the leading roles and the film looks amazing thanks to the cinematography.

Final Thoughts Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a masterpiece of cinema, filled with tension throughout.

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