The Pirates of the Caribbean film series is all about swashbuckling adventures on the high seas, but with a touch of the supernatural, including but not limited to magical curses, immortal zombies, and sea goddesses. The fourth film in this series introduces mermaids to its mythical pantheon.
In Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, three different parties are chasing after the Fountain of Youth. But using the fountain itself isn't as simple as drinking its water. The water has to be placed in two chalices, with one chalice also containing a mermaid's tear. One of the groups, lead by Captain Blackbeard, goes a-hunting for mermaids, which are mostly vicious, man-eating creatures who lure unsuspecting sailors to their doom.
During the mermaid hunt sequence, Blackbeard has a boat of men sent out as bait, luring the mermaids out and then cornering them with nets. Tamara (Gemma Ward) is the first mermaid to surface, but the main mermaid of the film is Syrena (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey). Syrena is unlike the other mermaids, and somehow is able to detect that one of the men in Blackbeard's group, Philip, isn't like the others either. She pulls Philip out of harm's way and is caught for her troubles, making her Blackbeard's captive as he continues the journey to the Fountain. But that's all right, because she and Philip bond during the rest of the trek, and eventually save each other to swim off to a mysterious presumably-happy future.
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