Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)



Critic Consensus: Gone is Depp's unpredictability and much of the humor and originality of the first movie.

Movie Info

Captain Jack Sparrow is caught up in another tangled web of supernatural intrigue. Although the curse of the Black Pearl has been lifted, an even more terrifying threat looms over its captain and scurvy crew: it turns out that Jack owes a blood debt to the legendary Davy Jones, Ruler of the Ocean Depths, who captains the ghostly Flying Dutchman, which no other ship can match in speed and stealth. Unless the ever-crafty Jack figures a cunning way out of this Faustian pact, he will be cursed to an … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of adventure violence, including frightening images)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Huck Wirtz, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 5, 2006
Box Office: $423.0M
Buena Vista - Official Site


as Jack Sparrow

as Will Turner

as Elizabeth Swann

as Norrington

as Davy Jones

as Captain Barbossa

as Gov. Weatherby Swann

as Pintel

as Bootstrap Bill

as Cutler Beckett

as Mr. Mercer

as Captain Bellamy

as Scarlett

as Short Sailor

as Large Sailor

as Sunburned Sailor

as Tia Dalma

as Fisherman (Montage)

as Frightened Sailor

as Very Old Man

as Cannibal Warrior

as Irish Man

as Crippled Man

as Maccus/Dutchman

as Koleniko/Dutchman

as Cannibal Boy

as Burser/Edinburgh

as Quartermaster/Edinbu...

as Palifico/Dutchman

as Quartermaster/Edinbu...

as Clanker/Dutchman

as Ogilvey/Dutchman

as Shrimper's Brother

as Chaplain

as Giselle

as Edinburgh Cook

as Carruthers Guard

as Deckhand/Edinburgh

as Turkish Guard No. 2

as Turkish Guard No. 3

as Torch Native

as Scuttled Ship Helmsm...

as Native Bridge Guard

as Ho-Kwan

as Headless

as Black Pearl Pirate

as Cannibal Woman

as Turkish Prisoner

as Cannibal Woman

as Turkish Prison

as Turkis Prisoner

as Drunken Cantina Pira...

as Turkish Guard

as Greenbeard

as Pirate Musician

as Tortuga Pirate

as Skinny Man

as Ho-Kwan

as Crippled Man

as Sailor

as Parrot Voice

as Sailor/Edinburgh

as Jamaican Pirate

as Tearlach

as Shrimper (Montage)

as Jimmy Legs/Dutchman

as Quartetto
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Critic Reviews for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

All Critics (220) | Top Critics (46)

An action-packed but too-long flick for kids 12+.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

The kind of sensory bombardment that replicates less a Disney theme-park ride than an extended stay at a Guantánamo base cell

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

Feels like two movies: one good, one pretty pointless, neither of which is worth the hype.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Overblown to the point of monotony, the second installment in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise is a prime example of too much money and not enough story.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009

It's a pretty joyless ride, even with all the CGI wizardry a quarter of a billion bucks can buy.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

[This sequel] takes what worked the first time and redoes it only bigger and louder - in the process losing all the charm that made the first film so much fun.

Full Review… | July 7, 2008

Audience Reviews for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest


A fun ride like its predecessor setting up what should be a fun finale. Depp, Bloom, and Knightly shine. Good supporting cast as well.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

'Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!'

Who'd of thought a movie based on a theme park and pirates would be so successful that it would garner a sequel. A sequel that was so so so utterly huge in production values it makes perfect sense that it would fail to live up to its predecessor. The old lesson Hollywood never learns, making things bigger and flashier doesn't always mean it will be better.

The plot? oh geez where to begin. This is the main issue with this franchise which begun in this sequel, only to get worse in the third film. The story becomes so convoluted and twisty its hard to keep up, and this is a Disney film!. Put very simply...most of the characters are all after various bit n pieces including 'Davy Jones' heart, 'Sparrow's' compass and the Black Pearl. Each character has their own reason for needing each item and most of these reasons intertwine with each other at some point, oh and old characters come back into the fray.

The plot is the first film was pretty straight forward, I'm not saying simple is best but it was easy to swallow. This film kicks off relatively well with the characters we know in trouble for helping Sparrow, a deal is set, a plan underway and everybody knows who is doing what and why. The trouble is as the film progresses sub plots pop up, new characters enter with their own story arcs, old characters come back with more story arcs, plans change and double crossing ensues. I can't deny it becomes tricky but in the end it is decipherable and when you think about it its quite good.

So once you've got your head around the plot you do tend to notice how big everything has become. The prison Sparrow escapes from at the start looks very similar to some kind of fortress you'd expect to see in a Tolkien story. The entire early cannibal infested island part of the film really does show how the franchise took a swing for the worst. Sparrow, Norrington and Turner break out into a three way fight over Jones chest which lasts for at least 10-15 minutes, displays way way too much slapstick, completely unbelievable cartoon stunts that detach you from the film and the trio end up covering half the island whilst battling!. In short the whole sequence wasn't needed, it was completely overblown and merely flashy filler, it bared no importance to the plot whatsoever...and this is what you will come to expect from the franchise thereafter.

Now of course we know this franchise is a comedy of sorts, a period set comedy action thriller for everyone to enjoy. The first film had a nice balance of that plus some supernatural fantasy that really worked well. This sequel added that horrendous cartoonish hijinx that totally tore you away from any suspension of disbelief because it went beyond that into a pure hokey farce.

On top of the ludicrous tomfoolery now on show this film has easily had much more creative influence from the classic videogame The Secret of Monkey Island. If you know the game its quite plain to see really, the cannibal island at the start, the murky, misty, swampy location where the team meet voodoo priestess 'Tia Dalma' and of course that character in her entirety, plus the similarity Jones has to 'LeChuck' in terms of evil behaviour, the supernatural and looks.

It is a shame because the film is a good fantasy with some gorgeous visuals both CGI and real time. Davy Jones and his crew are incredible, a real sight to behold, especially Jones squid-like face of course. Its amazing to actually see CGI that looks so good you think its a real makeup job. The other crew members are also so vividly imaginative and well crafted, every scene with these fishy dogs was really great fun, I was always looking out for different types of mutants in the background. I really liked their vessel the Dutchman and the war torn barnacle covered ghost ship appearance it was given (much like the Pearl and its ghostly shrouds of mist n fog), and of course the Kraken was a fun nautical myth to include if somewhat unoriginal and not too good on the CGI front.

Its still a fun film which is saved by the British actors and their astoundingly fun well spoken pomposity, that and the excellent effects on Jones and his (undead?) crew. The finale for Sparrow is an exciting cliffhanger even though you know he will be back, its interesting to see a group of heroes bickering and double crossing each other instead of simply fighting together as one unbeatable team and that supernatural spice is just right. The plot difficulties do mire proceedings but Verbinski just about pulls it off and manages to provide decent escapism.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Gore Verbinski takes his adventurous swashbuckler into darker tides with Dead Man's Chest. The film is visually captivating but does falter on its loosely-incoherent storyline. Johnny Depp doesn't fail as usual with his rendition of Captain Jack. The second film of the Pirates' saga is dark, long and out of control. 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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