The fate of an empire rests on the shoulders of one man. Academy Award® Winner Russell Crowe* commands the screen in this spectacular, high-seas adventure directed by Peter Weir. After a sneak attack by a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his vessel, Captain “Lucky” Jack Aubrey (Crowe) is torn between duty and friendship as he embarks on a thrilling, high-stakes chase across two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy at any cost.
*Actor, Gladiator, 2000.
Cast & Crew
Thanks in no small measure to Perfect Storm designer William Sandell, this handsomely mounted actioner exudes the authentic tang of salt, sweat and gunpowder.
It never achieves the visual elegance or majesty that a David Lean might have provided. The story line isn't the freshest. And yet the film is satisfying all the same.
If this is the stuff that rings the bell on your macho meter, go with my blessing.
A gentleman's action movie.
A plain old good movie.
Considering how cinema-unfriendly O'Brian was - the author rarely went to the movies, and had to be persuaded to release the film rights -- Master & Commander manages to loosen the shackles of its dry pages.
Russell Crowe swaggers marvelously in the seafaring adventure Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.