Based on the classic William Golding trilogy of novels 'To The Ends Of The Earth' tells the story of a young Englishman and aristocrat Edmund Talbot (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his long, dazzling and hazardous sea journey in 1812 from England to Australia. Edmund's journey takes him on a rite of passage from youthful bravado and arrogance to maturity and humility.
1. Rites of Passage Young aristocrat, Edmund Talbot embarks on a long and hazardous sea journey from England to Australia on an ancient, decrepit 18th century wooden warship. The ship is crammed with a disparate assortment of officers, sailors, passengers and poor emigrants. The voyage is rough, shattering, relentless and tedious out of which grows a need for dis-1 traction and mischief. Edmund is drawn to one of the few available women, the flirtatious Zenobia. In a bid to impress, he arrogantly champions the case of a ridiculed fellow passenger, little knowing the dire consequences which will result when shame is a force deadlier than the sea itself. 2. Close Quarters The monotony is shattered when a French warship is seen on the horizon. The ships are cloaked in dense fog as they anxiously await their fate and Edmund is forced to confront the possibility of combat and death. But what emerges is not what is expected. Half mad with fear, with drink, with love and opium, everyone on this leaky unsound hulk is falling apart as the ship itself begins to come apart at the seams. 3. Fire Down Below As the decrepit warship sails on the last stretch of its voyage the passengers are suffering badly from the motion of the damaged ship which has been blown off course. Edmund is given the task of persuading the irascible Captain Anderson to find a smoother route. Unless their speed is increased, they may all starve before the ship reaches its destination. The injured Mr Prettiman gives a shocking mission to Edmund, who is torn by divided loyalties and whose every assumption is challenged in this final part of the trilogy.
- To the Ends of the Earth review by JL
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From what is a very good book to read, this film was a marked disappointment. Mr. Harris as Captain of this vessel was as jarring to watch as his name suggests, whilst several scenes were extended to such a degree that they became boring.
Both my wife and I have enjoyed much of the work of Mr. Cumberbatch but not this time.