Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ★★½ 2006 (PG-13)

The second installment of Disney's amusement-park-ride-turned-flick finds Capt. Jack Sparrow (Depp) swishing and swashbuckling in and out of one perilous predicament after another. This time he must contend with a ghost ship full of half-men/half-sea creatures in an attempt to repay a debt. This absurdly long chapter serves up plenty of Depp hamming up one scene more than the next, with little substance nor a meaningful story, and seems to aspire merely to showing off the tens of millions likely spent on CGI and special effects. Somewhat effective follow-up doesn't have the charm of the first. This and the third installment were shot back-to-back. 150m/C DVD, Blu-ray Disc . US Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Stellan Skarsgard, Bill Nighy, Naomie Harris, Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce, Kevin McNally, Tom Hollander, Mackenzie Crook, Lee Arenberg, Alex Norton, David Bailie, Martin Klebba, David Schofield; D: Gore Verbinski; W: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio; C: Darius Wolski; M: Hans Zimmer. Oscars '06: Visual FX; British Acad. '06: Visual FX.