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Charming rogue pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is back for a grand, swashbuckling, nonstop joyride filled with devilish pirate humor, monstrous sea creatures, and breathtaking black magic. Now, Jack's got a blood debt to pay -- he owes his soul to the legendary Davy Jones, ghostly Ruler of the Ocean Depths...but ever-crafty Jack isn't about to go down without a fight. Along the way, dashing Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and the beautiful Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) get caught up in the thrilling whirlpool of misadventures stirred up in Jack's quest to avoid eternal damnation by seizing the fabled Dead Man's Chest!
Christopher Boyes, George Watters, II, Nominee, Best Achievement in Sound Editing,John Knoll, et. al., Winner, Best Achievement in Visual Effects,John Knoll, et. al., Winner, Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects,Paul Massey, et. al., Nominee, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing,Rick Heinrichs, Cheryl Carasik, Nominee, Best Achievement in Art Direction
Golden Globe (2007)
Johnny Depp, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
People's Choice (2007)
Keira Knightley, Johnny Depp, Winner, Favorite On-Screen Match-Up,Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Winner, Favorite Movie
Depp is in peak form again, burying himself in the part and making the Captain the most dashing rogue this side of Han Solo...In essence, Dead Man's Chest gives us an opportunity to join old friends on a new adventure that isn't substantially different from the old one. Many of the same elements are here - ghost ships, the walking dead, hidden treasure - and that's all right because it's part of what we might now refer to as the "Pirates of the Caribbean formula." The slow, uneven beginning is more than compensated for by the rousing climax, and the last scene promises more of the same the next time around, with possibly greater things to come.
As brisk, busy and inconsequential as you would expect from a film based on a Disneyland ride -- and a sequel at that -- "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" is pure cinematic junk food...Mounted with all the color of a costume ball and directed like a "Raiders of the Lost Ark"-styled swashbuckler free-for-all, it follows a video-game logic to reunite all the cast members and send them bouncing around the Caribbean in another scavenger hunt, escaping one scrape after another by the skin of their scurvy teeth...Verbinski, Depp and company just want to make it the best ride you've had all summer.
Claudia Puig, USA Today
...a cornucopia of action and dazzling effects...
David Edelstein, New York Magazine
A collection of swashbuckling set pieces with the hustle of a vaudeville show.
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
...the purest popcorn entertainment of the summer.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
Depp is the comic gel that holds the whole enterprise together. The performance is a total delight...