The story is set in 1805, and Napoleon and his French empire have Europe in their grasp, and bloody and deadly battles occur between the British Royal Navy and Napoleon's warships. Russel Crowe is captain of a British frigate, and the plot revolves in his determination to pursue and destroy one of France's most powerful warship, which has faster speed and greater firepower than his ship. He chases the ship from the carrbean all the way south along South America, around the tip of Chile, and all the way back up to the Galapagos islands. The movie recreates the perils and dangers and thrill as well as sheer boredom of being out on a ship for months at a time, and the strategy and determination the captain shows in hunting down his French nemesis.
And Jason, 1 out of 10? Thats a bit harsh. True, the plot is fairly involved, but this isnt a hollywood-style action film with fly-over scenes, camera following cannonball all the way, and showing explosions galore. It shows instead the true side of naval warfare, and I think the director captured the uncertainty and suspense quite nicely.
I recommend this film for history buffs, as well as people that enjoy stories with a lot of depth.