28 guns, 197 souls,
Coast of Brazil, April 1805
Orders - "... Intercept French Privateer, Acheron ... you will sink, burn or take her a prize"
Based on a series of books by Patrick O'Brian, and directed by Peter Weir, Master and Commander plunges viewers deep into the story of a British Navy ship at sea during the Napoleonic war.
Russell Crowe stars as "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, the charismatic captain who wrestles with issues like honor, pride, duty, sacrifice and loyalty while using ingenious tactics to engage his prey--a much larger and better-equipped French Man o' War.
Paul Bettany plays his friend, the ship's doctor, who cautions Aubrey about letting revenge cloud his judgement after the French Man o' War almost sinks them in an early battle.
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.
What the critics are saying:
"...a gentleman's action movie, one in which the delicate psychology of human notions like bravery, honor and duty thrive amid, and not in spite of, the crashing boom of cannonballs..."- Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com"Probably the best movie of its kind ever made."- Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune"A rousing high-seas adventure that sweeps you into another world."- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
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