Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -1/2

Set during the Napoleonic Wars in 1805, this adventure drama is a refreshing and historic look at war on the high seas. It was inspired by a series of novels by Patrick OBrien entitled Aubrey/Maturin. Lucky Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe) is regarded as the greatest fighting captain in the British navy, but hes up against a superior enemy France. The ships doctor, Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany), is his closest friend and confidant. Interesting to note are the young boys who develop into men of courage in this movie. Most notably Midshipman Calamy (Max Benitz) and Lord Blakeney (Max Pirkis) make tremendous contributions to this film. Lucky Jack is the master of the H.M.S. Surprise, which is an older yet resilient English warship, and he is the commander of the men who bravely endure life-threatening elements on the military expedition that takes them to the coast of Brazil, around Cape Horn and on to the far side of the world.

Master and Commander will feed a mans wild heart as well as his thirst for adventure. Conflict between man and nature produces heroism, and the attempt to outwit a military adversary results in experiential wisdom. Themes of duty, honor, commitment, loyalty, bravery and truth are intricately woven into the script of this epic film. A reference to the biblical account of Jonah results in an unfortunate incident with one character. While at the Galapagos Islands, the ships doctor and his young prodigy search for the truth about natural selection (evolution or creationism). The naval battle scenes are historically realistic as are the medical treatments of the wounded and the dead. For these occurrences of violence as well as brief use of bad language, this movie earns a slightly negative acceptability rating. Reverence is shown to God and for the Bible in this film, and the entire Lords Prayer is recited in a solemn and appropriate way.

Note: Due to Previews rating guidelines, Master and Commander gets a negative rating because of the occurrence of an f-word. However, Preview recommends this movie (for those who can tolerate an f-word and some moderate violence) in light of its positive themes and favorable treatment of God.

Preview Reviewer: Brian Hughes
20th Century Fox

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Crude Language: Several mild (hell 1, damn 6)

Obscene Language: Once strong (f-word 1)

Profanity: Few moderate (MG 2, G-sakes 1); strong (GD 1)

Violence: Many consistent with historical details of the early 1800s (cannon and musket fire and associated bloody injuries; hand-to-hand combat with sword, spears, guns and fists with injuries that are mildly graphic but realistic; amputation of a boys arm is not actually shown; wounds to mans head and to mans stomach result in surgery and are not directly shown)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Several mild (drinking of wine, rum and grog as a reward for hard work and heroic accomplishment)

Other: Evolutionary issues and the support of God as creator are discussed, reverence to God in prayer and to the Bible is expressed on several occasions in the movie

Running Time: 138 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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