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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Year: 2006
Production Co: Bruckheimer
Studio: Disney
Director: Gore Verbinski
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, Bill Nighy, Naomie Harris
While so many films are released with mid-level expectations and others with a massive flourish that tries to drive money back to ht studio by use of force through saturation marketing, the original Pirates blew all the competition out of the water unexpectedly in 2003.

A sequel was both inevitable in coming and almost certain to disappoint. Like The Matrix sequels, the franchise had lost the art of surprise, and after such a massive first hit, there was little the sequel could do to better it.

It tries hard enough - using the premise of a long-forgotten deal between Captain Jack (Depp) and Davy Jones (an unrecognisable Nighy), the custodian of the deep who granted Sparrow The Black Pearl in return for his soul.

Being the rogue he is, Sparrow will do anything to avoid paying his debt, and the race is on to find the chest that contains Davy Jones' heart - the only thing that can stop him.

The entire cast is back to buckle more swashes and together with supernatural themes and plenty of laughs, it's mostly more of the same. The notable difference is that after performance put in by Johnny Depp last time, he's most of the reason you go to see the film, and it suffers whenever he's off screen. As before, Knightley, Bloom etc take it altogether too seriously. Only Depp - playing the perpetually pissed Sparrow - has the room to enjoy himself.

Technically astounding with the Kraken and squid-faced Davy Jones and his cohorts, but with a premise that's a little too familiar.

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