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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

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. Johnny Depp returns in his Keith Richards-inspired role as the totally gnarly pirate Jack Sparrow. Jack’s deal with the devil (or in this case Davy Jones – played by Bill Nighy) means that Jack is doomed to spend the afterlife in eternal damnation unless he can deliver a hundred souls to Davy Jones within three days or unearth Davy Jones’ famous chest with his still-beating heart. Keira Knightly returns as the glamorous tomboy Elizabeth Swan who is desperately in love with the ever-effete pirate wannabe Will Turner (Orlando Bloom). Pirate zombies and a giant octopus attend the 2.5-hour story that could easily have been told in 100 minutes. Special features include English, French and Spanish subtitles, audio commentary from screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, a bloopers reel, six making-of featurettes and a featurette about each article of Jack’s wardrobe. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1, with sound processed in Dolby Digital 5.1. (Movie – Two Stars, DVD features – Two Stars) Rated PG-13, 145 mins. (Buena Vista Home Video)

December 14, 2006 in Action/Adventure | Permalink