Whatever goodwill one harbored toward the first Pirates film is quickly dashed by its successor, a two-and-a-half-hour trailer for the final installment in this accidental trilogy. The entire crew from the 2003 hit returns, both in front of the camera and behind; the sole new face of any consequence is Bill Nighy as Davy Jones, the mythic, squid-faced beastie of seafaring legend who's said to collect and control those damned to the depths of the deepest blue. Turns out Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp, still offering his impression of Tattoo You-era Keith Richards) needs to square his debt to Davy and can do so only by fetching his still-beating heart locked away in a chest on some remote island. All the old pals are back -- among them Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and fiancee Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) -- but the story's so convoluted as to render it all but incomprehensible. Dead Man's Chest makes no sense if you haven't seen the first movie and is utterly pointless without the third installment that ostensibly wraps up this mess.
Director: Gore Verbinski
Writer: Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer, Eric McLeod, Chad Oman and Mike Stenson
Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Geoffrey Rush, Stellan Skarsgard, Buddy Dolan, Jack Davenport, Naomie Harris, Kevin McNally, Jonathan Pryce, Mackenzie Crook, Tom Hollander, Lee Arenberg, Clive Ashborn, David Bailie, Vanessa Branch, Winston Ellis and Josef Klus