Film / Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

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" Do you fear death?"
Davy Jones

Dead Man's Chest (2006) is the second movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

The movie begins with the arrival of Lord Cutler Beckett, the head of the East India Trading Company, who blackmails Will Turner into hunting Captain Jack Sparrow and his magic compass to spare Elizabeth Swann's life for treason (since they helped Jack escape). Beckett's ultimate target is the chest containing the heart of Davy Jones, captain of the Flying Dutchman and immortal lord of the oceans, who controls the dreaded monstrous Kraken. Holding the heart will allow Beckett to control Davy Jones, and hence all the seas of the world.

Jack has history with Davy Jones himself—thirteen years ago he made a deal to raise the sunken Black Pearl in exchange for his service aboard the Flying Dutchman after a period of time. Now his debt is coming due, and Jack is desperately searching for the heart of Davy Jones to use as leverage to renegotiate the terms of his deal.


Dead Man's Chest provides examples of:

  • 0% Approval Rating: As the film begins, the entire Black Pearl crew, Mr. Gibbs and Mr. Cotton's parrot included, are growing increasingly discontented with Jack's leadership method.
  • Artificial Limbs: Davy Jones has two legs as a human, but his mutated form turns one of them into a lobster/crab leg that evokes the image of the stereotypical pirate peg leg. While we're at it, his lobster claw hand evokes the image of the stereotypical pirate hook hand.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: Having escaped from the Peligostos, the crew is ready to leave, but Will exhorts them to go back for Jack—until he sees the Captain himself running down the beach with the whole tribe at his heels.
    Will: We can't leave without him! [sees Jack being chased by natives] Time to go!
  • Attack of the Monster Appendage: The Kraken is the "whole body seen later" example, as you don't see its giant maw until the end.
  • Bad Boss: Davy Jones is not implied to be a benevolent captain to his crew.
    Maccus: You'll trust us to act in your stead?
    Jones: I trust you to know what awaits you should you fail!
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The movie ends with Jack dead and Beckett in possession of Davy Jones's heart.
  • Bathroom Stall of Overheard Insults: Well, it's a boat, and there's a kiss, but the gist of it is, Will sees Elizabeth kiss Jack and proceeds to act like a jealous child afterwards.
  • Big "NO!": Bootstrap yells this before the Kraken is summoned to destroy the ship on which Will has escaped.
  • Black Spot: Takes the form of a ugly patch of blackened skin on Jack's palm, marking him for death via Kraken. Bootstrap Bill delivers it at the beginning of the film, warning him that the hunt begins immediately.
  • Brick Joke:
    • While talking to the Pelogostos, Jack looks at Will's groin and declares him "eunuch-y", followed by scissoring motions.
    • When Jack tells Davy Jones about Will, he mentions he's a "terrific soprano".
  • Call Back:
    • When the Kraken grabs the Black Pearl, Gibbs assumes they've run aground on a reef. Will knows better, having been aboard a ship the Kraken was holding afloat earlier in the film and having made the same assumption.
    • When Will shows up at Isle Cruces, he claims he got there via "sea turtles".
  • Camera Abuse: A subtle example. As Jack is sailing away from the Island of the Peligostos and is giving his standard farewell speech, the wave that smacks Jack in the face and cuts his sentence also manages to hit the camera as well.
    Jack: "Alas, my children, this is the day you shall always remember as the day that you almost—" *SPLOOSH!* "...Cap'n Jack Sparrow."
  • Charge-into-Combat Cut: When Jack Sparrow charges the Kraken with sabre in hand.
  • Chased by Angry Natives: Jack's famous scene where he runs from hundreds of angry Peligostos cannibals.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Elisabeth's wedding dress. Will notices on the ship he's picked up by.
  • Chess with Death: Will's game of Liar's Dice against Davy Jones, pitting his soul against the key to the Dead Man's Chest. In the spirit of the game itself, the trope is subverted—all Will really wants is the key's location, so he can steal it later. Interestingly enough, he technically loses, but just as Jones is starting to gloat—"Welcome to the crew, boy..."—Will's father ups the bet so as to save Will.
  • Cranium Chase: One of Davy Jones' henchmen loses his head. The body then stumbles about trying to find the head, while the head tries in vain to give it directions.
  • Creepy Crows: Jack is introduced at a large, foreboding prison, with crows picking at rotting corpses in cages and one of them landing on a coffin that's been thrown to sea, then getting blown away by Jack, who'd been hiding inside.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Played for Laughs when Gibbs, Ragetti, and Pintel freak out at the sight of the Black Spot on Jack's hand. Jack responds with, "My eyesight's as good as ever", alluding to the belief that masturbation makes one blind.
  • Deal with the Devil: How Jack originally raised the Black Pearl (née Wicked Wench) from a watery grave. Thirteen years later, he reneges on his end of the bargain, then Rules Lawyers his way out of Davy Jones' clutches.
  • Doomed Appointment: Governor Swann's friend, with whom Swann had agreed to meet so they could smuggle Elizabeth out, is killed by Mercer just as they arrive.
  • Elite Mook: Agents of the East India Co. We only see one of them (Mercer) but Jack "vanished from under the eyes of seven agents of the East India Company" and this is listed as an impressive feat.
  • Enemy Rising Behind: As the handcuffed Jack struggles to get free, the Kraken emerges from the sea in all its glory for the first time. He only realizes something's up when its massive teeth are level with him.
  • Exact Words: Jack protests that he only got to be a pirate captain for two years, when it should have been thirteen. Davey Jones retorts that this makes him a poor captain, and by the way, his Catch Phrase is his Insistent Terminology that he's Captain Jack Sparrow.
  • Flaming Sword: Will sets his sword on fire with some oil from a lantern in an attempt to ward off the Dutchman's crew.
  • Foil: In a more tragic example, Davy Jones and Calypso whilst in Tia Dalma's body. Davy Jones is a Humanoid Abomination, abandons all emotions and develops a convincing range of reactions, both facial and verbal; and takes delight in putting the lost souls he captures through torment and pain. Tia Dalma, however, has retained all her emotions, will not hesitate to help those in need, and does not require a steep price in return.
  • Fold Spindle Mutilation: During the attack by the Kraken, one unlucky sailor is dragged through a gun port that is about half his size. We only see his legs, but the sound of his body slowly snapping is very clear.
  • Forbidden Zone: The island of the Peligostos. They make the most delicious long pork. Their ride dumps Will overboard to get there.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Tia Dalma tells the tale of how Davy Jones fell in love with a woman, Gibbs says that he heard a different version of the tale in which Jones fell in love with the sea. Tia Dalma says that they are two versions of the same story and both are true. Turns out that he fell in love with a sea goddess.
    • The Peligostos are convinced Jack is a god bound in human form, and want to release him. As it turns out, their idea isn't that far-fetched...
    • When Will is looking for Jack, the last man he speaks to talks about an island where he's seen a marooned ship with black sails, at which he trades for 'long pork'. 'Long pork' being a euphemism for human flesh (although it's left up in the air whether Will would know that.)
    • When Jack is wandering around in Tia Dalma's hut, he examines Barbossa's hat. After he hands over the undead monkey, it immediately runs into the back room and stops near a booted foot that also turns out to belong to Barbossa.
    • Jack briefly escaping the Mêlée à Trois, only to fall headlong into an open grave.
    Jack:...Oh.
  • Give Me a Sword: Done repeatedly in one scene with three heroes and two swords between them.
  • God Guise: The cannibal islanders at the beginning of the movie believe Jack Sparrow to be a god. They intend to release him from his fleshy prison—by eating it.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Elizabeth knocks out Norrington during the Bar Brawl in Tortuga by breaking a bottle over his head.
  • Gutted Like a Fish: Will slashes open the stomach of one of the Dutchman's crewmen, and fish and seawater spill out.
  • Heel–Faith Turn: Discussed and Played for Laughs. In their first scene in the movie, Ragetti talks about repenting, "Since we're not immortal no more, we gotta take care of our immortal souls" and become "good men" while hold The Bible (upside down). Pintel reminds him he is illiterate ("It's the Bible! You get points for trying!") They revert to their piratical ways pretty soon.
  • Hidden Deapths: Pintel and Ragetti have an argument on the pronunciation of "kraken", with Ragetti pointing out its Scandinavian origins, where it is pronounced "krah-ken". When Tia Dalma mentions something vexed Davy Jones to the point of abandoning land for a life at sea, Ragetti asks if it was "the dichotomy of good and evil", much to the confusion of Pintel and Gibbs. Not bad for someone who is apparently illiterate.
  • Hope Spot: The Black Pearl is faster than the Flying Dutchman when against the wind. However, as Will notes, the Dutchman isn't falling back just because of that...
  • I'm a Humanitarian:
    • The Peligostos. According to Gibbs, they believe Jack is a god and that eating his body will allow him to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence.
    • The trader that points Will to the island as well, judging by his "delicious long pork" comment.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Pintel and Ragetti argue the correct pronunciation of kraken. Pintel insists it is "kray-ken" while most say "krack-en". Ragetti explains that the derivation of the word is from original Scandinavian, and thus should be pronounced "krah-ken". Pintel points out they are not "Original Scandinavians".
    Ragetti: It's a mythological creature, I can calls it what I wants!
  • Kiss of Distraction: Elizabeth does this to Jack in order to shackle him to the deck of the Pearl.
  • Last Stand: "Hello, beastie!" Jack's futile, but irrefutably courageous, charge towards the Kraken. It wasn't all in vain though.
  • Left the Background Music On: After it's been established that Davy Jones enjoys playing his own leitmotif on his Ominous Pipe Organ with his beard of tentacles, Will challenges him to a game for his soul, and the quiet organ music, almost unnoticed in the background, abruptly cuts off before Jones stomps up on deck to accept the challenge.
  • Leitmotif: Davy Jones plays his theme himself on his Ominous Pipe Organ, taking his inspiration from a music box, in all minor keys.
  • Life Isn't Fair: Davy Jones' philosophy, due to having lost the love of his life.
    Davy Jones: Life is cruel! Why should the afterlife be any different?
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • This is Jack's "Plan A" to honor his deal with Jones, having bargained one hundred souls for his own.
      Gibbs: And how do you intend to harvest these ninety-nine souls in three days?
      Jack Sparrow: Fortunately, he was mum as to the condition in which these souls need be.
      Gibbs: Ah. Tortuga, then?
      Jack: [wipes slime on Gibbs] Tortuga.
    • He tries it on Jones earlier in the film, but Jones isn't having any:
      Jones: You have a debt to pay. You've been captain of the Black Pearl for thirteen years. That was our agreement.
      Jack: Technically, I was only captain for two years, then I was viciously mutinied upon.
      Jones: Then you were a poor captain, but a captain nonetheless! Have you not introduced yourself all these years as Captain Jack Sparrow?
  • Losing Your Head: Happens to Jones's conch-headed crewman, Hadras.
  • Loss of Identity: The ultimate fate of anyone on-board the Flying Dutchman, eventually ending with them becoming a literal part of the ship.
  • MacGuffin Melee: A long extended sequence in the middle of the movie involves this, as almost all of the regulars compete for control of the chest containing Davy Jones' heart.
  • Marked By The Supernatural: The Black Spot, an ugly boil on the left palm, is the sign that a person owes his soul to Davy Jones and will be pursued to the ends of the Earth by the Kraken.
  • Meat Moss: The interior of the Flying Dutchman is a sea-themed variant of this. Crewmen of the Dutchman are fated to meld into the walls after spending enough time on the ship.
  • Mega Corp.: The East India Trading Co.
  • Mercy Kill: Mister Gibbs tries to hold on to a pirate seized by the Kraken, but fails. As he's pulled overboard, the man shrieks "Shoot me!" Cut to Gibbs firing his pistol off-screen.
  • Mocking Sing-Song: Jack tries to exploit Davy Jones's prohibition from setting foot on land. Jack is also hinting to Jones that there's something other than dirt, namely Jones' heart, in the jar. Unknown to Jack, Norrington had stolen the heart out of the jar.
    Jack: [singsong] I got a jar of dirt! I got a jar of dirt! And guess what's inside it!
  • Mood Whiplash: The end of the film, particularly Elizabeth kissing Jack.
  • Mortality Phobia: This trope is what enables Davy Jones a way of getting new recruits on The Flying Dutchman. He saves people from the brink of death and simply asks them: "Do you fear death?" If the answer is "yes", the rescuee will be saved but must in return work as a servant on the ship, eventually even becoming one with it.
  • Noodle Incident: The Black Pearl had a run-in with a hurricane off Tripoli, which destroyed the former Commodore Norrington's ship. When Norrington mentions it, a horrified Gibbs asks whether he'd actually tried going through it.
  • Oh, Crap!: Several times.
    • Jack's understated reaction to finding himself face-to-face with a horde of Pelogostos while trying to escape them (and winding up re-imprisoned).
    • Gibbs, when Jack mentions a "need" to go up-river.
    Gibbs: By "need", do ya mean a trifling need, as in, say, a passing fantasy?
    Jack: No, as in a resolute and unyielding need.
    • Jack again, when Davy Jones has had enough of his antics, and unleashes the cannons, with one pointed right at Jack's head.
    • Marty and Cotton exchange this just before the Kraken launches its second-and far more effective- attack on the Black Pearl.
    Marty: Not good!
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: Davy Jones keeps a music box with a tune that is clearly emotionally important to him—because it's a match to the one that Tia Dalma holds. He plays the song on his Ominous Pipe Organ when he wants it to be louder.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: Davy Jones has one in his cabin aboard the Flying Dutchman, which stays in working order on a ship that frequently submerges in defiance of all logic, mostly because the ship, like its crew, is part sea creature. Jones plays his leitmotif on the organ using his beard of tentacles.
  • Percussive Prevention: Elizabeth to Norrington. Though she misses the boat on 'preventing him from doing something stupid' like starting a massive Bar Brawl, she manages to stop the others from killing him.
  • Prepare to Die: "I shall pry the chest away from your cold, dead hands." On hearing that, Norrington just gives the chest to the Dutchman crew—because he'd already removed the heart anyway.
  • Redshirt: The Pearl is staffed by a whole bunch of them at the beginning. They all die. Later on, after a visit to Tortuga, they're replaced by different redshirts. The Kraken gets them.
  • The Reveal: In the ending, Tia Dalma reveals to the living main characters that she has resurrected Captain Barbossa.
  • Say My Name: When Davy Jones discovers that his heart is missing from the Dead Man's Chest.
  • Skyward Scream: Davy Jones. See Say My Name, above.
  • Slashed Throat: When a religious sailor refuses Davy Jones, he gets his throat cut with a noticeable blood splatter.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: After Jack tricks Will into volunteering to settle his debt to Davy Jones, he explains Will's whereabouts to Elizabeth thusly:
    Jack: Darling, I am truly unhappy to have to tell you this, but through an unfortunate and entirely unforeseeable series of circumstances that had nothing whatsoever to do with me, poor Will has been press-ganged into Davy Jones's crew.
  • A Taste of the Lash: Will is whipped by his own father, on Davey Jones' orders. It's either that, or the bosun does it— and he has a reputation for "cleaving flesh from bone with every swing."
  • Tempting Fate:
    • "Actually, you wouldn't need everyone [to crew the Black Pearl]. About six would do. [beat] Ohhh, dear..."
    • "The bright side is, you're back and made it off free and clear!" (cue the Flying Dutchman bursting out of the sea literally right behind them)
    • "Even Jack Sparrow can't best the devil!" cries one of Davy Jones' crew. Jones immediately pauses in doubt, and demands the chest be opened, discovering his heart is gone. Cue Skyward Scream.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Jack's reaction to being eaten by the Kraken, among other insalubrious things.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The pirate who accidently picks up a snake while climbing the mountain to escape from the bone cage. Could have just dropped the snake or put it somewhere else rather than panicking and causing the other pirates to panic as well which causes them to plummet to their deaths and alert The Peligostos.
  • Tribal Carry: Will Turner is brought into the village trussed to a pole like game, and Jack Sparrow spends a few minutes running away from the locals whilst tied to a rotisserie skewer.
  • A Truce While We Gawk: Happens twice. First Pintel and Ragetti stop their threatening advance towards Elizabeth momentarily to watch the strange sight of the mill wheel with three fighting men go by, then during the battle against the fishmen on the beach, everybody pauses to watch the wheel go by again.
  • Underequipped Charge: Captain Jack Sparrow, after being handcuffed to the ship the crew was abandoning by Elizabeth Swann, decides that he won't be killed by the Kraken without a fight, and chooses to charge the behemoth with nothing but his cutlass. It doesn't end well for him, but he returns from the dead in the sequel.
  • Vagina Dentata: The Kraken's mouth (symbolically, rather than literally, obviously).
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: The hungover Norrington does this several times after he is recruited to Jack's crew.
  • Wacky Wayside Tribe: The Peligostos.
  • Walk, Don't Swim: Similar to the zombies in the first film walking from Isla de Muerta to the Dauntless, the Dutchman's crew walk from their submerged ship to Isla Cruces.
  • Weirder Than Usual: "The captain's acting a bit strange [beat] er."
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: The two Red Shirt fishermen who stumble upon Jack's hat, and, subsequently, become the Kraken's first victims. It sounds vaguely Russian, but it is too difficult to tell since it is spoken at such a fast pace. DVD subtitles imply that it's meant to be Turkish or Turk-Cypriot.
  • Wheel of Pain: The kraken-summoning machine.
  • Your Other Left: The conch-headed crewman's knocked-off head tries to guide his body's fumbling attempts to recover it with instructions like this.


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