Scott's first feature is a spectacularly beautiful period piece set in Napoleonic times. Not only is it pretty to look at, it also demonstrates one of Scott's trademark qualities; the ability to create a believable, richly textured universe. Everything here FEELS just right. The acting as well is top of the line and the story itself is a solid adaptation of Joseph Conrad's excellent short story. It's not as groundbreaking as 'Blade Runner', as appealing as 'Thelma & Louise' or as kinetically exciting as 'Gladiator' or 'Black Hawk Down' but it's pretty darn good in its own way.