master and commander: the far side of the world
rating: *** out of 5
quick shot: men at sea battling a faceless (for most of the movie) enemy, and amongst themselves. you can feel the isolation at sea, and the camaraderie the crew feels. russell crowe leads by example and charisma.
what i liked about the movie: the chemistry between crowe, bettany (who plays the ship’s doctor) and crew was very good. the chase and battle scenes were excellent.
what i didn’t like: the movie felt a little lengthy. i think it could have lost about 15 to 20 minutes and still been effective.