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Action Adventure Films Case Study on Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (GCSE)

jeremy | Thursday February 24, 2011

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, Film, Action Adventure, Hot Entries


At World’s End was the most successful film of 2007, grossing approximately $960 million worldwide, and making it the second most successful in the series, behind Dead Man’s Chest.

It was nominated for the Academy Award for Makeup and the Academy Award for Visual Effects.

It remains one of the most expensive film ever made, with a budget of $300 million.


For an introduction to Action Adventure films for GCSE see:



Action / Adventure films are exciting stories typically set in exotic locations. The plot is action driven with danger and excitement throughout.

Audience pleasures will include conquests, explorations, battles, discovery, chase sequences and situations where the main characters are threatened by death or destruction by their enemies.

At World’s End is a more complex and multi layered film than a typical Action / Adventure story. It is aiming for a teenage audience family audience, as children under 10 may be put off by the death and after death plot lines.

There is no visceral violence, but some gory scenes of battle and the serpent faced character of Davy Jones may give younger audiences nightmares.

The humour from pirate characters on the ship and Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow help to enliven a long film, and lighten the multi stranded plot which teenagers pick up easily but some adults – this one included -find a bit of a struggle. Watching on DVD with the subtitles on was most illuminating!

Storyline | Pirates of the Caribbean 3 - At World’s End

After Elizabeth, Will, and Captain Barbossa rescue Captain Jack Sparrow from the land of the dead, they must face their foes, Davy Jones and Lord Cutler Beckett. Beckett, now with control of Jones’ heart, forms a dark alliance with him in order to rule the seas and wipe out the last of the Pirates. Now, Jack, Barbossa, Will, Elizabeth, Tia...

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