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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
May 31, 2012  | By David Bianculli

Cinemax, 7:30 p.m. ET

 
If you've ever wondered what it was like to be on deck on a 19th century war ship with cannon balls tearing through everything in their paths, here's your chance. It might be a slow night for new shows, but a great one to catch up on some masterworks of film, and Master and Commander fits that bill. In one of Russell Crows many great performances, he plays the English Captain "Lucky Jack" Aubrey of the H.M.S. Surprise, on a chase across the high seas to hunt down and capture his French countepart. The 2003 project, directed by Peter Weir (Witness, Mosquito Coast) is spectacular for it's depiction of on-board claustrophobia and the simultaneous exhilarating expanse of horizon all around.
 
 
 
 
 
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