Opening 24 May 2007
Writing credits: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
Principal actors: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy
The pirate world of the Caribbean is in danger of extinction and by decree from Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander); hundreds are put to the guillotine for their alliance to this world. Much to Beckett’s disadvantage, his order has set in motion the strength of the pirate coalition to unite. Those marching to their execution sing an ancient pirate ballad. It is the historic buccaneer battle cry for freedom documented in the pirata codex (the Book of the Pirate Code) which is held under lock and key, with the king of the pirates (Keith Richards). The verification of the code’s authenticity notes that when the ballad begins to be sung there is trouble at sea, but those who hold to the pirate code will soon realize their own destiny with treasure in hand. If any part of the code is in jeopardy, the pirata codex, requires a gathering of the legendary Nine Lords of the Brethren Court (the nine captains of infamous pirate ships world wide). Unfortunately, one of the Lords, Captain Jack Sparrow, (Johnny Depp) is trapped in Davy Jones’ locker since his plight with Kraken, the sea monster; therefore, he is preoccupied in a world of hallucination held at the earth’s end.
Lord Beckett (of the East India Company) has threatened the Brethren Court with the control of the pirate ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman. Along with its captain, Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) and his eerie crew, Beckett has been drawn into maritime crime with his ruthless business dealings cultivating his passion to pursue the world’s largest treasure, owned by the Pirates. Beckett’s fixation to acquire the pirate fortune and to rule the seven seas now has potential.
The alliance with Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elisabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) is created out of desperation to rescue Captain Jack to bring him to the Brethren Court hoping that he can assist them in defeating Beckett. The plot thickens when the rescue attempt has more at stake than Captain Jack’s life (surprise! surprise!). The Brethren Court members must decide on whom they will join for the big battle despite their experience of disloyalty. Their choice and fate will affect a world where the Caribbean Pirates once were free to roam the seven seas along with their love for the bottle of rum. (Karen Pecota)