Pi­rates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl

The Western Star - - LIFE -

Sun­day, 7mate, 6.30pm, PG (2003)

Johnny Depp (pic­tured) is un­miss­able as a half­drunk, half-mad pi­rate in this high-seas thriller. His boat has been seized by the evil Bar­bossa (Ge­of­frey Rush), whose crew have been turned into liv­ing skele­tons by a curse. Vol­un­teer­ing to help Depp get his ves­sel back is Or­lando Bloom, who is try­ing to res­cue the kid­napped Keira Knight­ley. With Depp and Rush hog­ging the lime­light, a bar­rage of vis­ual ef­fects, sweep­ing cin­e­matog­ra­phy and a deaf­en­ing sound­track, it’s no won­der that co-stars Bloom and Knight­ley are al­most lost in the mix. A ter­rific yarn, play­fully helmed by di­rec­tor Gore Verbin­ski (The Ring).

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