the most realistic and exciting sea saga to date. If you get a
chance to see this film at the movies, it is better to choose a state
of the art theater. You'll know why five minutes in. I was lucky
enough to see this great film in Portsmouth after a day clambering
over HMS Victory
and HMS Warrior.
Hence, I had just become accustomed to the conditions onboard a real
ship of the line, real cannons, etc.
The filming was technically perfect. The direction fantastic.
Russell Crowe has been one of my favourite actors since Gladiator.
He simply needed to be himself to breath life into this part and I
think he got it right. It's stirring stuff, uncluttered by love,
or indeed almost anything else, except the diverse onboard botanist's
forays, which, being a scientist myself, I could forgive. This
must have been what it was like in the Royal Navy in 1805. One ship, 197
men, 4500 miles from home. Chasing a French ship twice her size. No
Crowe - Magnificent
Outline: 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
User Comments: The Most Realistic and Exciting Sea
Saga to date.
Stephen Maturin, Surgeon
Lt. Tom Pullings
Lt. William Mowett
Howard, Royal Marines
Higgins, Surgeon's Mate
Killick, Captain's Steward
Known As: Far
Side of the World, The (2002) (Australia) (working title) (USA)
PG-13 for intense battle sequences, related images, and brief
Runtime: 138 min
Sound Mix: Dolby
Digital / DTS
(bw) / Hong
Kong:IIA / Norway:11
of the Caribbean was also a great film but for different reasons.
However, Master and Commander takes the biscuit for beleivability.
Real ships, real crews, real cannon, convincing characters and
Director/ Peter Weir (Witness) has returned big time and, with this
one film, revived classic Australian realism. This is not a fantasy
film, but history - painstakingly recreated. Rousing history it is,
with plenty of action. The adaptation by Weir and John Colley is right
on target, brimming with great characters and scenes. A real
What of Russell Crowe? Gladiator
converted me, where Connery, Clint, Willis, Niro and Cage were and are
characters you could identify with. Russell just gets better.
As to Beautiful Mind - this film demonstrates his flexibility.
is one of our great directors. Now he's been given all the toys
Peter Jackson enjoys, and he uses them to great effect - recreating a
nautical reality that lacks nothing except the need to wipe your face
every ten seconds. The cutting of Russel Boyd's fabulous photography
is perfect. You get to know every inch of the ship, topside and down
below. You also get a strong sense of the social dynamics on board -
how men got along with each other for so many months. I felt swept
along in a perfect mix of virile action and characters I could get to
know and care for. One thing I loved was the constant caring between
many of the men along the rank and file. There's a strong sense of
honor and decency in the film. Yet enough grog flows to keep things
Congratulations to everyone involved. Apart from the immense
entertainment, I hope to see another film ASAP and would urge the film
company to capitalise on a winning formula.
everything you'd expect from a high-seas adventure movie -- thrilling
battles, threatening weather conditions, bravery, treachery and a
wonderfully realized atmosphere where you can practically taste and
smell the saltwater."
ANGELES DAILY NEWS
fine, handsomely crafted adventure film, but not much more."
HERALD (CRYSTAL LAKE, IL)
finest film since the brilliant The Mosquito Coast. Bettany is
quite easy to just sit back and enjoy Master and Commander as
the refined spectacle it clearly is."
arguments between Bettany and Crowe don't seem like typical
leader-and-subordinate confrontations, but have real philosophical
edge, and are beautifully played."
tornar o espectador íntimo da tripulação do H.M.S. Surprise,
Peter Weir confere uma dimensão adicional ao conflito."
not a must see, this is a well made and entertaining film."
is an epic film that takes the relations of these men (not a single
woman aboard!) in a ‘floating wooden prison’ as a base for an
impressive film well worth seeing."
Van Hoeij, BIBLOI.COM
is the right director, Crowe is the right star. I can't think of
another actor who could give Aubrey the physical authority, the
credibility and the charm that he needs."
exceptionally intelligent and robust old-fashioned maritime yarn that
has the snap of fresh sea air...impeccably realized by a director of
uncommonly good taste and style."
the work and expense clearly shows in every frame, it winds up being
in the service of a film not quite worthy of it."
is a film that is literally all about the journey, not the
destination. It is, though, a rather entertaining journey at times,
and never a dull one."
D. Snider, ERICDSNIDER.COM
to be clear, "Master and Commander" is not a homosexual love
story, or at least it's not intended to be..."
The Perfect Storm with a far more rousing story, or U-571
with hugely better dialogue. I can’t help but love this one."
by pulsing, vigorous battle sequences, which, in wood-shattering
detail, rival those of Saving Private Ryan."
a lot of ways, this film has what many of us wanted out of the third Matrix
movie but didn't get: action, but with brains and actual
characterization and without the ponderous, pseudo-spiritual
NEWS, SALT LAKE CITY
films need not cater to the lowest denominator, and 'action-packed'
doesn't have to mean 'devoid of thought.'"
filmmakers rock us with each volley of cannon fire, storm-driven wave
and grisly moment of hand-to-hand combat. They've made a thrilling
traditional nautical picture from untraditional books."
seafaring adventure Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
has few 30-foot waves going for it, and very little else that would
excite anyone but geeky 12-year-old boys who like to make sailing
ships out of matchsticks."
rip-roaring adventure combining edge-of-your-seat battle scenes with
vivid historical details and more fascinating characters than most
action movies dream of."
Crowe works his magic in front of the camera, a meticulous production
is at work beneath the surface."
and absorbing, "Master and Commander" will move deservedly
into port this February, where it will wage its next battle at the
Academy Awards. "
DAILY NEWS (MAINE)
not often we get a movie so masterfully commanded by its
director...and so thoroughly inhabited by its star."
and Commander (Aubrey-Maturin (Paperback)) by
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