Nearly every element of the previous two movies resurfaces in this third adventure, which ends up overloaded with characters and subplots. Returning villains Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy, and Tom Hollander team with Chow Yun-fat and a half-dozen pirate lords to bedevil fey buccaneer Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and star-crossed lovers Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. Depp plays multiple versions of Sparrow, who now suffers from a split personality; his shtick is funny, but the players are all upstaged by the astonishing special effects, superior to those of earlier installments in creating a wondrous and menacing world. Gore Verbinski directed; with Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgard, and Keith Richards.
Director: Gore Verbinski
Writer: Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer, Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Bruce Hendricks and Eric McLeod
Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Chow Yun-Fat, Bill Nighy, Jonathan Pryce, Tom Hollander, Stellan Skarsgård, Kevin McNally, Mackenzie Crook, Lee Arenberg, Jack Davenport, Naomie Harris and Keith Richards