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A captivating 'Pirates' sequel

July 11, 2006|by CHRISTINE BRUGH

MOVIE REVIEW - "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" is captivating. The witty humor and dialogue used in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" is perfected here.

Captain Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp) is as witty as ever. When he finds that Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), a demon of the sea, wants his soul, Jack is prepared to sacrifice anything to escape his wrath.

Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) run into their own set of problems as Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) from the East India Trading Company has warrants. Because of their part in helping Jack escape, (at the end of the first movie) Will and Elizabeth face the gallows. Cutler gives Will a chance to save himself and Elizabeth. He need only find Jack and bring his compass back to Cutler. But deals are struck and Will finds himself in over his head.

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Good acting, a great plot and cool special effects make this movie quite enjoyable. The only thing that I don't really like is that much of the same music from the first movie is reused here. It's OK to have an occasional theme repeated, this bit is just too much for my liking.

To make up for that foible, the movie ends with a surprising twist.

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