Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 war film review

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 war film review

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003, United States)

Categories: naval battle moviesnavy movies

Running time: 135 minutes

Language: English / French / Portuguese

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 war film review

British frigate patrols the South America coast during the Napoleonic wars when suddenly they are attacked by French frigate. Captain Jack Aubrey of HMS Surprise has to use all his skills and cunning to avoid the enemy. He knows that it was Acheron, the frigate he is ordered to find and sink, but this first encounter shows him how hard his mission will be. During the engagement he notices that their cannonballs could not break through the sides of Acheron, but even though they are inferior to enemy Lucky Jack, as the crew calls him, decides to pursue frigate and find the way to destroy it. But the Frenchmen seem to be heading towards Pacific and the only way to reach it is through Cape Horn. Aubrey is a veteran, who served under the command of Admiral Nelson himself, and as his crew believes he is blessed with incredible luck, so they believe that he can get them safely through. His friend and companion, Dr. Stephen Maturin, who is a ship’s surgeon, sees that voyage as a chance to pursuit his personal passion for fauna and flora of the Galapagos Islands, where they are expecting to find Acheron.

It is the American war film directed by Peter Weir, based on the historical novels by Patrick O’Brian, in particular on the events described in the books Master and Commander and The Far Side of the World. A beautiful film that shows the spirit of the age and the heroism of the film’s protagonists. Very good war film, full of spectacular scenes, great music and atmosphere.


Our rating: 8.8 / 10

Film value: 9 / 10

Realism factor: 5 / 5

Adventure factor: 5 / 5

Historical accuracy factor: 3 / 5

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 war film review

Wars and battles depicted in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Napoleonic Wars

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