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The Admiral: Roaring Currents to Greyhound, movies like Mohanlal’s Marakkar that revolve around naval warfare

Just like Kunjali Marakkar IV, these movies too have astute captains commandeering their ships to unimaginable victories when the odds were stacked against them

  • Sanjith Sidhardhan

  • OTTplay

Last Updated: 07.50 AM, Dec 01, 2021


Mohanlal’s Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham features extensive sequences about naval warfare, as the Zamorin naval chieftain leads his forces in his galleys to take on the invading Portuguese troops in the period film set in the 16th century. Apart from its battle sequences, the movie also depicts the acumen of the pirate-turned-general who keeps the invading forces at bay with his crew. 

While the film’s director Priyadarshan has said that many drew parallels with Ben Hur and The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise after watching the film’s trailers, he denied that the movie had any similarity to these. However, over the years, there have been several movies about naval warfare featuring captains and commanders based on real-life heroes much like Kunjali Marakkar IV as well as fictional protagonists that took on not just rival nations but also aliens. 

Here's a list of films like Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham that revolve around naval warfare and tactics:

The Admiral: Roaring Currents
The South Korean film, which has Choi Min-sik playing the legendary Admiral Yi Sun-sin, revolves around the famous Battle of Myeongnyang, which happened around the time Kunjali Marakkar IV was believed to have been at his prime. The film focuses on the famous battle in which Sun-sin led 12 ships against the Japanese fleet of over 300 vessels to emerge victorious. Filled with tense moments, shock-and-awe strategies and a brilliant performance by Min-sik, the movie is a must-watch for fans of war movies.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Set during the Napoleonic Wards in the early 19th century, the movie follows the mission of Captain Jack Aubrey (Russel Crowe) who is tasked with intercepting a French private vessel. However, the latter frigate ambushes Jack’s ship HMS Surprise, causing heavy damage. The film then follows the crew of Surprise as they chase the rival frigate. Apart from the different strategies employed to capture the ship, the Academy Award-winning movie also explores the minds of the captains at sea, where they have to endure days of doubt and deception.
In this Aaron Schneider film, Tom Hanks stars as Commander Ernest Krause, who in his very first assignment is tasked with captaining the destroyer ship USS Keeling as part of the escort of a convoy during the Battle of the Atlantic. Hanks’ vessel soon comes under attack by German U-boats and what follows is a series of tactics employed by the captain in his first-time war command to not only escape the U-boats but also sink some in the process, in this nail-biting film that was also scripted by Hanks.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End
The first trilogy of the money-spinning franchise, which has Jack Sparrow as the swashbuckling Captain Jack Sparrow, concluded with At World’s End in which the British forces are ordered to execute all pirates. With Davy Jones under their control, pirates across the world unite to make their last stand against the British ship Endeavour. The denouement sees Endeavour go against the Black Pearl and The Flying Dutchman in some of the best captured sequences at sea, something that has also inspired the makers of Marakkar.
Based on the board game Battleship, the multi-starrer that has Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson and Rihanna, combines sci-fi with the war film genre as a small fleet of US warships battle against the naval might of an invading alien force. The movie didn’t do well in the box-office wise, but it has action and entertainment in a Michael Bay-esque manner with multiple characters including a rebel naval officer, a scientist and a physical therapist come together to save the world and the day.

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