Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Movie Review Summary

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During the Napoleonic War a British frigate, the Surprise, battles with a French warship, the Acheron. The Acheron is faster, more powerful and much stronger, but the Captain of the Surprise, Jack, refuses to let her go. The two ships stalk each other around South America.
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After one particular battle the Surprise is damaged and the Acheron gets away. The crewmen repair the Surprise's damage and she keeps after the Acheron.
When the ship's doctor, Stephen, is accidentally shot, Jack docks the ship in the Galoppogos Islands to tend to the doc.
After healing from his wound, the doctor is exploring the island and stumbles across the Acheron docked on the other sideof the island.
The Surprise's crew disguises it as a whaling ship and allows the Acheron to come along side.
When the Acheron was along side, the Surprise opened fire and the crew borded it. They wiped out most of the Acheron's crew, captured the rest and commandeered the ship.
Jack discovered that the Acheron's Captain was dead. He ordered his Lt. to take the Acheron back to Brittain.
However, after the Acheron sailed away, Jack learns that it's Captain was still alive and posing as it's doctor. Jack immediately resumes chasing the Acheron once again.
The review of this Movie prepared by Brandon Swenson

Obsessive British Naval Captain Jack Aubrey of the H.M.S. Surprise, seeking revenge for a surprise attack, hounds a superior French warship through the Southern Atlantic, around the Horn of South America and into the Pacific, risking the lives of all his men, finally destroying the French vessel through a brilliant plan of disguising the Surprise as a wounded whaler and taking the ship unawares.
The review of this Movie prepared by Peter Waldman

The year is 1805, and Napoleon has conquered just about all of Europe except England. HMS Surprise, commanded by Captain Jack Aubrey (Crowe), has orders to pursue the French ship Acheron down the South Atlantic and prevent her from carrying the war into the Pacific. But the Acheron is bigger, faster, and more well armed; twice she surprises and batters Surprise before escaping through Cape Horn into the bigger ocean. Exceeding his orders and against the advice of his officers and especially his best friend, the ship's physician Stephen Maturin (Bettany, Aubrey gives chase. This film is based on Patrick O'Brian's beloved series of 20 novels about the two men -- a blustery, charismatic man of action and a mysterious, cerebral scientist and spy, and their careers at sea. Taking the first half of its title and an incident or two from the first book, and most of the rest from the tenth (although it changes the quarry from an American to a French vessel!), this 2003 film directed by Peter Weir is perhaps almost too true to the spirit of the books to appeal to the wider moviegoing audience, but is a remarkable achievement in writing, acting, and visual/sound effects. It gives the viewer an unparalleled sense of life and war at sea (with a stopover in the Galapagos).
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Capt. Jack Aubrey of the HMS Surprise is on a mission to intercept a French ship off the coast of South America during the war between the English and the French. The French ship, however, is stronger and more faster than the English's. Jack and his crew then realize that they have to use all of their resources to destroy this ship.

The review of this Movie prepared by Jack Bauer

Script Analysis of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 22.5%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 27.5%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Navy

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier    -   senior military Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   South Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   warship

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns    -   swords    -   ocean ship battles Unusual forms of death    -   drowned    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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