Set during the Napoleonic Wars, Master and Commander brings to life many of the most exciting elements of historical naval battles. You have peril, internal ship intrigue, betrayal, heroics and sacrifice in large amounts. Indeed, if you like the adventures of characters such as Horatio Hornblower, then Patrick O’Brian’s character Captain Jack Aubrey (portrayed very well by Russell Crowe) will definitely entertain you.
This movie is an underrated gem and is worth a second look – and you probably won’t find it streaming on your favorite online video service. If you enjoy this film, be sure to check out the books of Patrick O’Brian and C. S. Forester – also at the Faulkner County Library.