The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
Cormac McCarthy’s bones and Ridley Scott's style do not make The Counselor something more than an interesting curiosity. A film that seems destined more to be remembered as that move where Cameron Diaz does that thing with the car than anything else.
Shiver me timbers if the whole crew aren't back for the wildly sprawling sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean. Depp reprises his role as Capt. Jack Sparrow and does battle with Davy Jones, played by Bill Nighy under a lot of CGI tentacles, in order to reclaim his heart.
Keith Richards was set to cameo as Jack's father, but had to pull out at the end. It's been said by Depp that Richards was his inspiration for the character (however, look for him in the third movie).
The second film in the Pirates series is set a year after The Curse Of The Black Pearl, and starts with the arrival of the East India Trading Company, represented by Lord Beckett. Beckett arrests our heroes, Will Turner (Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Knightley), just as they are about to be married and charges them with helping Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) escape. He threatens to have them executed for their crime but offers to reduce their sentence if Will finds Capt. Jack and retrieves the magical compass from the first film.
Meanwhile, Jack is informed that his "time's run out" and that Davy Jones is planning to set the Kraken, a massive, tentacled sea monster, upon him to reclaim his soul. Jack panics and orders the crew of the Black Pearl to find "land, any land," regardless of whether there is a port or not. The crew of the Black Pearl run the ship aground on an island full of cannibals, becoming captives, though Jack is mistaken as their new leader.
Will helps them escape from the island and finds out that Jack is running from Davy Jones, a cursed Captain who he sold his soul to thirteen years earlier, and who now wants to call in the debt. If Jack gets caught he'll have to serve on Davy Jones' ghost ship, the Flying Dutchman, for a hundred years. The only way to escape this fate is to find the key to Davy Jones' chest, which contains his still beating heart - he had his heart broken by a woman, became bitter and locked his heart in a box, the titular Dead Man's Chest.
Davy Jones, captain of The Flying Dutchman
Will agrees to help find the key in exchange for the compass, but is then captured by Davy Jones after Jack sells him out in exchange for his own liberty. Will is forced to serve aboard the Flying Dutchman for a time, meeting his father, "Bootstrap Bill" Turner, in the process. Bootstrap, who was presumed dead, made a deal with Jones to save his own life after being cast into the ocean with a cannon strapped to his legs. Due to his part in the original curse of the aztec gold in the first film, Bootstrap was immortal, but constantly felt the crushing weight of water against him. Jones "saved" him, but he was forced to crew the Dutchman as payment. Will swears to free his father from Jones' crew by finding the chest and stabbing killing Jones. After stealing the key to the chest, his father helps him escape the ship.
In the meantime Elizabeth has escaped from custody and hooks up with Commodore James Norrington (Davenport), who has been stripped of his rank and is wanted for his part in Jack's escape. They join Jack's crew and set off to find the chest as well, all for different reasons; Jack wants it as a bargaining chip to pay off his debt and free himself from pursuit of the Kraken, Elizabeth wants it to command Jones to free Will and Norrington wants the chest to buy back his old life from Beckett, who can pardon his piracy and reinstate him as a Commodore.
Former Commodore Norington and his one time fiance, Elizabeth Swann
Jack explains that his compass points to what you want most and gives it to Elizabeth so she can point towards the chest. They end up digging it up on an island and are joined by Will. Will starts to open the box to kill Jones, but both Jack and Norrington draw their swords to prevent each other from obtaining the heart. The three then engage in a sword fight with the key constantly changing posession. Jack manages to set Norrington and Will against each other and escapes the fray with the key in hand. Jack opens the chest, takes the heart within and leaves the chest behind, key still in the lock. Jack returns to the long boat just as Jones' crew arrives to stop them. Jack, Elizabeth, Will and Norrington all try to hold them off, but Norrington notices where Jack has hidden the heart, and he steals it for himself. He pretends to sacrifice himself, taking the empty chest with him and handing it over to Jones' crew. The rest put to sea, where they are chased by Jones who, unable to catch them in his ghost ship, sets his pet Kraken on them.
Elizabeth, who realises that the Kraken is only after Jack, handcuffs him to the mast as bait whilst the others escape. The Kraken swallows Jack whole and pulls the Black Pearl down with it. The others go to see Tia Dalma, the voodoo lady and they decide to rescue Jack and the Black Pearl from Davy Jones' Locker, a purgatory between life and death. To do so, however, Tia Dalma informs them they will need a captain who has been there. Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), killed at the close of the first movie, descends the stairs and asks what they've done with his ship.