Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

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



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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 afterlife of eternal servitude and damnation in the service of Jones. This startling development interrupts the wedding plans of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, who once again find themselves thrust into Jack's misadventures, leading to escalating confrontations with sea monsters, very unfriendly islanders, flamboyant soothsayer Tia Dalma and even the mysterious appearance of Will's long-lost father, Bootstrap Bill. Meanwhile, ruthless pirate hunter Lord Cutler Beckett of the East India Trading Company sets his sights on retrieving the fabled "Dead Man's Chest." According to legend, whoever possesses the Dead Man's Chest gains control of Davy Jones, and Beckett intends to use this awesome power to destroy every last Pirate of the Caribbean once and for all. For times are changing on the high seas, with businessmen and bureaucrats becoming the true pirates--and freewheeling, fun-loving buccaneers like Jack and his crew threatened with extinction.


Johnny Depp
as Jack Sparrow
Orlando Bloom
as Will Turner
Keira Knightley
as Elizabeth Swann
Jack Davenport
as Norrington
Bill Nighy
as Davy Jones
Geoffrey Rush
as Captain Barbossa
Jonathan Pryce
as Gov. Weatherby Swann
Stellan Skarsgard
as Bootstrap Bill
Tom Hollander
as Cutler Beckett
David Schofield
as Mr. Mercer
Alex Norton
as Captain Bellamy
Lauren Maher
as Scarlett
Nej Adamson
as Short Sailor
Jimmy Roussounis
as Large Sailor
Moray Treadwell
as Sunburned Sailor
Naomie Harris
as Tia Dalma
Jim Cody Williams
as Fisherman (Montage)
Luke de Woolfson
as Frightened Sailor
Derrick O'Connor
as Very Old Man
Michael Miranda
as Cannibal Warrior
Gerry O'Brien
as Irish Man
Dermot Keaney
as Maccus/Dutchman
Israel Adurama
as Crippled Man
Clive Ashborn
as Koleniko/Dutchman
Neil Panlasigui
as Cannibal Boy
Max Baker
as Burser/Edinburgh
Steven Spiers
as Quartermaster/Edinburgh
Winston Ellis
as Palifico/Dutchman
Steven Speirs
as Quartermaster/Edinburgh
Andy Beckwith
as Clanker/Dutchman
Jonathan Linsley
as Ogilvey/Dutchman
Brett Sylver
as Shrimper's Brother
Simon Meacock
as Chaplain
David Sterne
as Edinburgh Cook
Barry McEvoy
as Carruthers Guard
Michael Enright
as Deckhand/Edinburgh
David Zahedian
as Turkish Guard No. 2
Faouzi Brahimi
as Turkish Guard No. 3
Jonathan Limbo
as Torch Native
Alex Cong
as Native Bridge Guard
David Keyes
as Scuttled Ship Helmsman
Ho-Kwan Tse
as Ho-Kwan
Reggie Lee
as Headless
Stephen Ananicz
as Black Pearl Pirate
John Mackey
as Turkish Prisoner
Natsuko Ohama
as Cannibal Woman
Josie Dapar
as Cannibal Woman
Spider Madison
as Turkish Prison
Neil D'Monte
as Drunken Cantina Pirate
Bud Mathis
as Turkis Prisoner
Jason Kakebeen
as Greenbeard
Marco Kahn
as Turkish Guard
James S. Levine
as Pirate Musician
Cory Montgomery
as Tortuga Pirate
Georges Trillat
as Skinny Man
Ho-Kwan Nse
as Ho-Kwan
Israel Aduramo
as Crippled Man
Chris Reid
as Sailor
Christopher S. Capp
as Parrot Voice
Matthew Bowyer
as Sailor/Edinburgh
Tegan Summer
as Jamaican Pirate
Gerardo Reyes
as Tearlach
Robbie Gee
as Shrimper (Montage)
Christopher Adamson
as Jimmy Legs/Dutchman
Fred Toft
as Quartetto
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Audience Reviews for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

  • Jun 02, 2017
    The most common outlook on the Pirates series seems to be the belief that the first movie is the only good one, and that they deteriorate from there on. In my eyes, this couldn't be farther from the truth. Dead Man's Chest returns bigger, bolder and louder. Depp is at the top of his game; arguably even funnier than the first. Bill Nighy's Davy Jones is a menacing and worthy villain, partly in thanks to the unbelievably good special effects (effects that are even better than 2017's Dead Men Tell No Tales). The soundtrack, like the first, is booming and strong, punctuating the scary and elevating the intensity. Where Dead Man's Chest falters is the mildly over-bloated plot. So many things are happening at once, it's oftentimes hard to focus on them all. Another thing that may turn some off is the shift in tone about halfway through the movie, going from silly and over-the-top to more serious. I thought this was a great way of keeping things energized, considering the film clocks in at 140 minutes before credits. The central theme here is what it means to be a good person: and Captain Jack is put to the test. This leads to an emotionally resonating ending, something most blockbusters lack. Minor gripes aside, Dead Man's Chest is a worthy sequel, even over a decade later.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2017
    Sometimes it's really hard to see past a film's flaws. For whatever reason though, I really get a kick out of these Pirates adventures. Whether it be because I had fond memories of them when I was much younger, or because there just wasn't quite a spectacle like them in the mid-2000's, either way I still find Dead Man's Chest to be an admirable part of the franchise. I'm not sure there will ever be a Pirates film as good as the first one. There's nothing quite like that first adventure with Jack Sparrow, William Turner, and Elizabeth Swann. And Dead Man's Chest wastes no time trying to top the spectacle and scope of that film. However, when the story and characters are second fiddle to the set pieces and grand action sequences, that's where you have the problem. In many ways, this film only exists to set up the third film. Most of the story beats are drawn out in what could be only one film's worth of story, but we don't get the payoff for any of it until the 3rd adventure. That's not necessarily always a bad thing, but I would have preferred each film to stand on its own a little bit more. Although we don't get Geoffrey Rush's maniacal Captain Barbossa, we are treated with equally invested performances from Bill Nighy as Davy Jones and Stellan Skarsgard as Boostrap Bill. Jones', the main antagonist, is essentially a supernatural pirate with the ability to also control a large sea creature called, the Kraken. If you thought the original film takes advantage of the over-the-top side to the series, the second one doubles down. Luckily, Nighy is an absolute joy to watch on screen, thanks in large part due to the groundbreaking special effects of Jones & various other characters and creatures. Much like the first film, Dead Man's Chest is a bit overlong and has too many moving parts. It worked with the first film because the script, directing, and performances were all brilliant. I think some of the magic wore off here because you definitely feel the length. But there's no denying the entertainment value if you enjoyed the first outing. The ridiculousness continues to an island of indigenous people wanting Jack Sparrow and subsequently a dog to be their ruler, a wheel barrow sword fight that goes on for like 15 minutes, and one great cliffhanger. I know they're silly, but I always manage to have a blast re-watching them. +Doubles down on ridiculous action +Mind-blowing special effects +Cliffhanger -Lengthy & too goofy at times 7.6/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2016
    I don't know why so many people say that this oneis not good enough like the first movie. This has some better made actions than the first and very good job by thedirector who makes many great scenes whichmake more ..... the movie.
    Valeri I Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2016
    I liked this movie far better than the original because of it's interesting plot with lots of surprises and amazing action scenes. Wished the other films had the same quality.
    Tyler H Super Reviewer

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