Forget the black pearl. The curse that counts has befallen virtually every pirate movie since 1955 and dooms contemporary filmmakers bold enough to tackle the genre to founder, never recapturing the swashbuckling essence of CAPTAIN BLOOD and THE BLACK SWAN. Its victims include directors as diverse as Roman Polanski (PIRATES) and Renny Harlin (CUTTHROAT ISLAND). This foolhardy, mega-budget Disney gamble (inspired by their popular theme park ride) occasionally comes close to besting the hex: The first 20 minutes include a ripped corset, a daring escape and a sword fight full of derring-do. But the next two hours (!) are only more of the same. For ten years, the pirate ...