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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Russell Crowe
Paul Bettany
Billy Boyd
James D'Arcy
Directors
Peter Weir
Screenwriters
Peter Weir
John Collee
Running Time
138 minutes

Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World
Buccaneering adventures with Russell Crowe in Napoleonic times.


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Plot
1805, and the HMS Surprise, a British frigate captained by Jack Aubrey, is charged with making sure that the Napoleonic Wars do not spread into exotic waters.


Verdict
Oak solid and unsinkable, Master And Commander is old-fashioned entertainment crafted with considerable care; but compared to Pirates Of The Caribbean's pleasure cruise, this voyage is choppy and difficult without ever troubling deeper waters.


Reviewed by Colin Kennedy

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