Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (PG-13)

Action/Adventure 165 May 25, 2007
By Nathan Lee
At World's End is a lukewarm maelstrom of secret agendas, double crosses, tricky alliances, back stabbings, familial complications, romantic entanglements, political conspiracies, warring factions, hidden gods, cheeky monkeys, and excessive eyeliner. Some of it is linked to events from the previous installments, other parts are freshly pulled from the collective ass of director Gore Verbinski and writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and none of it is the least bit captivating or, by and large, comprehensible. The story, such as it is, involves the rescue of Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from the Locker of Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) and the attempts of Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and her super-pirate friends to fend off the snooty imperialists of the Dutch East India Company. But seriously, who cares? At World's End isn\x92t a movie as much as it is a delivery system for two kinds of special effects: those created by computers and those generated by Johnny Depp. Give 'em what they want has never been so literal, to such diminishing returns.
Gore Verbinski Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Stellan Skarsgard, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Vanessa Branch, Chow Yun-Fat, Reggie Lee, MacKenzie Crook Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio Jerry Bruckheimer Buena Vista