Good flick. Came to me thru Netflix. The Brits started a series of TV movies about Hornblower, starring Ioan Gruffyd, nice young guy, who looks the part and acts the part well. This one is maybe #5 or #6 in the modern series.
Horatio Hornblower is a Royal Navy officer, serving during the Napoleonic wars, invented by author C.S. Forester back in the early 1940's. Forester wrote half a dozen Hornblower tales over the years and they are still in print. The TV movies are all good. Costumes are really good. The naval officers, the petty officers, the seaman, the marines all wear different uniforms, nicely made. I'm not a real expert on period costumes, but they all look right to my eye. Most of the action is filmed at sea, on board ship. The ship[s] are convincing. Makes you think they took the trouble to find or build real sailing warships. Either that or the CGI folks are getting really good. The ships in this modern series are much more convincing that the ship[s] in the old 1950's Hornblower movie with Gregory Peck and Virginia Mayo.
Anyway, it's a good watchable flick, good camera work, good soundtrack. Lots of action, great scenery, excellent plot. The other Hornblower flicks are just as good. And the books are all good reads.