Master and Commander

2006-03-30 12:11

HMS Surprise,

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,

"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

This high-seas adventure is an astounding, finely crafted epic that manages to balance swashbuckling action with superb character performances.

Kevin Dunning 2003/11/27 7:45 AM
Trailers I love watching all these trailers...i really do...but is there some way of trying to get better quality trailers....?
Editor 2003/12/02 3:51 PM
Trailers upgrade Thanks for the suggestion Kevin - we are currently upgrading our trailers. We will soon offer a choice of small, medium and large trailers for those users with faster connections. Master and Commander - its excellent
mary kirby 2003/12/09 7:23 PM
master and commander it was a action filled, very believable with the detail involved, GREAT movie. Of course, having Russel Crowe as the central character made the movie even better than one could have hoped for. The atmosphere of that time era on a vessel of the British fleet was as mving in the movie as it was in the book. A1 excellent. yes
irene 2004/02/15 2:40 PM
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