Russell Crowe asks Master and Commander fans to let 20th Century Fox know they want a sequel. The reason he disguised himself is that he intends to take back the ship. Up: harder, harder. The commander isn’t an authoritarian or an egotist, neither a brute nor a pushover. … Stephen does not stop in the Galapagos: his request to cross an island while the Surprise sails around it is denied. It went on and on and on. Though culled from three Aubrey-Maturin novels by Weir and co-screenwriter John Collee, Master and Commander is admirably stripped-to-the-bone, with zero interest in looking beyond the range of a telescope. What if we were still watching sequels based on Patrick O’Brian’s novels about “Lucky Jack” Aubrey, Dr. Maturin and their crew sailing through the Napoleonic Wars and beyond? On yet another hand, they sail under false colours all the time in order to catch the enemy by surprise, so it’s not like anyone is playing fair.). © Copyright 2020 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. We’re calling the series “Revisiting Hours” — consider this Rolling Stone’s unofficial film club. … Various material from earlier books was added, e.g. By pretending to be the surgeon, he could wander around on the Acheron and since the crew would continue to remain his (they wouldn’t just get a new English crew on the spot), he’d bide his time. But I think as far as the movie goes the implication was that the french captain would have freed his crew and retaken the ship. Stephen was going ashore to meet with the Revolutionaries, when Jack captured a French ship that unbeknownst to him had a French counter-agent.

The rest of Acheron’s men would have been needed to sail the ship safely; it takes many hands to make the ship go. Scott Tobias on Peter Weir’s remarkable lesson-in-leadership seafaring epic — and the antidote to bloated blockbusters, Paul Bettany, Robert Pugh, James D'Arcy and Russell Crowe in 'Master and Commander. Meanwhile, Master and Commander got the consolation prize of simply being one of the great studio-produced epics of the 21st century. Master and Commander 2 never happened, and there are a few reasons why the franchise Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World was intended to launch didn’t materialize. At the end of Master and Commander, Aubrey finds the Acheron's captain had disguised himself as a surgeon during the capture, and is presently on board the captured ship, which is heading to the nearest friendly port; Aubrey therefore decides to turn around and give chase. Keep it so. He emphasizes the penned-up livestock on board to keep them fed, the immensity of the ropes and the boom and the mainsail, the scurrying of lookouts up and down the mast on a pre-dawn shift change. That’s not the world we live in, of course. Seen today, the film feels particularly resonant as a study in leadership. There was a huge cast of characters, thrown in more or less at the beginning of the book. The HMS Surprise, that modest corvette that our man Aubrey (Russell Crowe) leads into David-and-Goliath struggle against a French privateer twice its size, could probably smash the Black Pearl into digital splinters as surely as a cannonball through a hull. Despite mostly solid reviews, a pair of Oscars and a worldwide box-office gross of $212 million, the sequel I wanted to see didn’t come to be.