In April 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars, H.M.S. Surprise, a British frigate, is under the command of Captain Jack Aubrey. Aubrey and the Surprise's current orders are to track and capture or destroy a French privateer named Acheron. The Acheron is currently in the Atlantic off South America headed toward the Pacific in order to extend Napoleon's reach of the wars. This task will be a difficult one as Aubrey quickly learns in an initial battle with the Acheron that it is a bigger and faster ship than the Surprise, which puts the Surprise at a disadvantage. Aubrey's single-mindedness in this seemingly impossible pursuit puts him at odds with the Surprise's doctor and naturalist, Stephen Maturin, who is also Aubrey's most trusted advisor on board and closest friend. Facing other internal obstacles which have resulted in what they consider a string of bad luck, Aubrey ultimately uses Maturin's scientific exploits to figure out a way to achieve his and the ship's seemingly impossible goal. Written by
Throughout the fighting, pistols are seen to function well. During this time period, flintlock pistols failed to discharge up to 50% of the time, and were considered a secondary weapon in close combat. See more »
And surprised I was. After hearing a friend rant endlessly about it,
and having nothing to do one Friday night, I rented Master and
Commander. The marketing staff should be cackling in glee, that a
female in her 20's, would love this movie. It's an amazing movie.
Russell Crowe is a force of nature, and all the other actors from Paul
Bettany to Billy Boyd give wonderful performances. I especially enjoyed
the details of life at sea, though most would call them boring. The day
after my 5-day rental, I had to run to the nearest shop and buy the
DVD, and have since re-watched it endlessly. I've never seen a more
beautifully adapted, filmed and acted movie. Five stars out of five.
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