A British navy captain pushes his men and his ship to the limit to pursue a formidable French war ship. Russell Crowe is at his swashbuckling best as part Sharpe, part Ace Rimmer captain Jack Aubrey. Paul Bettany is always watchable and provides fine support as the ships doctor and close friend to the captain. The end battle sequence is worth the wait and for a film that takes place entirely at sea it never drags. After watching this, Cinderella Man and Romper Stomper in recent weeks my opinion on Russell Crowe has vastly improved.