Director: Gore Verbinski
Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley,
Geoffrey Rush, Chow Yun-Fat, Stellan Skarsgård, Jack
Davenport, Kevin R. McNally, Lee Arenberg, Mackenzie Crook,
Andy Beckwith, Reggie Lee
RunTime: 2 hrs 48 mins
Released By: BVI
Day: 24 May 2007
In the follow-up to the record-breaking smash 2006
hit PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST, we find
our heroes Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira
Knightley) allied with Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) in
a desperate quest to free Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp)
from his mind-bending trap in Davy Jones’ locker –
while the terrifying ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman and Davy
Jones, under the control of the East India Trading Company,
wreaks havoc across the Seven Seas. Navigating through treachery,
betrayal and wild waters, they must forge their way to exotic
Singapore and confront the cunning Chinese Pirate Sao Feng
(Chow Yun-Fat). Now headed beyond the very ends of the earth,
each must ultimately choose a side in a final, titanic battle
– as not only their lives and fortunes, but the entire
future of the freedom-loving Pirate way, hangs in the balance.
The all-important question is: How does Singapore fare as
a location in this second sequel to the wildly successful
movie inspired by a Disneyland theme ride?
not-so-important answer is: Not very well. Viewers probably
won’t think much of our tiny island after seeing how
it is portrayed as a seedy little fishing village infested
by shady baddies in the 18th century.
see, Singapore is but a small element in this true-blue summer
blockbuster that scores high on entertainment value. And like
what we said in our review for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead
Man’s Chest last year, being able to entertain is a
must for a summer blockbuster like this.
anticipating Captain Jack Sparrow’s witty return for
almost a year, the wait is finally over. The stirring cliffhanger
in the 2006 sequel is adequately resolved in this third chapter
of the action fantasy extravaganza. The entire motley crew
is back – Johnny Depp’s winning Captain Jack,
Orlando Bloom’s charming Will Turner, Keira Knightley’s
adventurous Elizabeth Swann, Geoffrey Rush’s beardy
Captain Barbossa and Bill Nighy’s creepy Davy Jones.
how can we forget Chow Yun-Fat’s Sao Feng, the supposedly
infamous pirate lord from Singapore who sends chills down
it is due to the fact that we can’t take our eyes off
the criss-cross scars on his bald head. Maybe it is due to
the fact that we can’t take our eyes off his finely
weaved moustache. Or maybe it is just because we can’t
stop giggling at Chow reciting a poetic verse in Cantonese.
any case, credit goes to the production team who has evidently
taken effort to make this one of the finest movie franchise
else can you see sets so well designed, it makes you feel
like a child in an amusement park all over again? Where else
can you laugh at perfectly-timed jokes which actually reflect
some good writing? And where else can you ogle at stars which
look so good despite having dirt and mud splattered on their
faces throughout the movie?
course, it helps that the well-loved Depp carries the show
with his unique persona. Although he has less screen time
this time round, it is clear that he appears in the most interesting
scenes, and the best one-liners for that matter.
yes, Keith Richards (the British songwriter and guitarist
inspired Depp’s Oscar-nominated performance) does make
to the last year’s sequel, what we also have less this
time round is the fun factor. The 168-minute movie only picks
up speed and energy somewhere during its halfway mark because
it attempts to establish relationships and storylines between
its various characters.
we are not complaining, because what is in store is a breathtaking
swashbuckling finale, which is literally the best thing we
have seen on the big screen in recent years.
true to the franchise’s spirit, take time to stay back
after the end credits for a fitting last scene which wraps
up the awesome trilogy nicely.
cruising on the Black Pearl and braving the dangers of the
Dead Man’s Chest, we would like to thank director Gore
Verbinski for this awesome ride to World’s End.
(It has been one hell of a ride with Captain Jack Sparrow
and his motley crew, and this third movie ends it with a spectacular
by John Li