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Take the first Pirates of the Caribbean film, add a dash of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and a lot more rum. Shake well and you'll have something resembling Dead Man's Chest, a bombastic sequel that's enjoyable as long as you don't think too hard about it. The film opens with the interrupted wedding of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), both of whom are arrested for aiding in the escape of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in the first film. Their freedom can only be obtained by getting Captain Jack's compass, which is linked to a key that's linked to a chest belonging to Davy Jones, an undead pirate with a tentacle face and in possession of a lot of people's souls. If you're already confused, don't worry--plot is definitely not the strong suit of the franchise, as the film excels during its stunt pieces, which are impressively extravagant (in particular a three-way swordfight atop a mill wheel). It may help to know that Dead Man's Chest was filmed simultaneously with some of Pirates 3, so don't expect a complete resolution (think more The Empire Strikes Back) or the movie will feel a lot longer than it really is.

Bloom shows a tad bit more brawn this time around, but he's still every bit as pretty as the tomboyish Knightley. (Seriously, sometimes you think they could swap roles.) Bill Nighy (Love, Actually) weighs in as Davy Jones and Stellan Skarsgård appears as Will's undead father. But the film still belongs wholly to Depp, who in a reprise of his Oscar-nominated role gets all the belly laughs with a single widened eyeliner-ed gaze. He still runs like a cartoon hen and slurs like Keith Richards--and he's still one of the most fascinating movie characters in recent history. --Ellen A. Kim

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CastOrlando Bloom, Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Stellan SkarsgÄrd, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander
DirectorGore Verbinski
Genre:  Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date:  July 7, 2006
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
Screen WriterTerry Rossio, Ted Elliott
DVD Release Date:  December 5, 2006
Runtime:  151 minutes
Studio:  Walt Disney Pictures
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Quick Tip by . August 19, 2010
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Jack Sparrow is undoubtedly Depp's most memorable character. It's gonna be hard to beat the swashbuckling captain, even with his unbelievably colorful & diverse array of past film leads.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
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tons of action, the beginning of the problems with the east india trading company. and of course lots and lots of jack sparrow! all the characters grow and change in this one.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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This film did a great job keeping the momentum of the first.
Quick Tip by . December 30, 2009
Even better than the original. More Jack Sparrow, more action, more innuendo with Keira Knightley. Pretty much superior on all levels!!!
review by . July 08, 2009
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The first Pirates movie was a surprise success.  Grossing more than 300 million at the Box Office and becoming a huge culturual phenomenon.  Hollywood often has a moment where when a movie comes around they need to find a way to capitalize off of it.  The best way to do that is with a sequel.  But Pirates was too big for just one sequel.  So they made two and started filming at the same time.  This usually means that the second film is often nothing more than a bridge …
review by . November 01, 2008
Jack Sparrow and the Dead Man's Chest   Yo ho ho and a barrel of rum   As sequels go this is one of the best   Yo ho ho and a barrel of rum   It starts with vows that will have to wait   As Beckett scotches a wedding date   And Will entrusts his life to fate   To get an item for the man   Who wants Jack's compass if Will can   Audaciously work out a plan   Yo ho ho and a barrel of rum     Jack …
review by . January 05, 2007
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When I saw the first film in this series, I had fairly low expectations and mainly went to see Johnny Depp. The film exceeded my expectations in a number of ways, and was quite fun to watch. While this film is obviously more expensive, and has many more expensive "set pieces" it is much more like what I had expected from the first film: basically a roller coaster ride with a few amusing things to look at and a couple of semi-predictable moments where you get submerged in darkness and are whooshed …
review by . December 07, 2006
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'Pirates Of The Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest' is but the second installment (the third has already been shot) in the series of movies based on a Disneyland ride: strange nidus for a story idea and one that takes a bit of patience to sit through, but a fun evening nevertheless. Though the first installment took the audience by surprise with the character of Jack Sparrow so inimitably portrayed by the gifted Johnny Depp and therefore served as a tastier treat, this second installment substitutes sea-dead …
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