The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

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The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
  • Time: 131 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Drama
  • Director: Kevin Reynolds
  • Cast: James Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris

Storyline:

‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ is a remake of the Alexander Dumas tale by the same name. Dantes, a sailor who is falsely accused of treason by his best friend Fernand, who wants Dantes’ girlfriend Mercedes for himself. Dantes is imprisoned on the island prison of Chateau d’If for 13 years, where he plots revenge against those who betrayed him. With the help of another prisoner, he escapes the island and proceeds to transform himself into the wealthy Count of Monte Cristo as part of his plan to exact revenge.

One review

  • This is the movie that rewards those who choose it. Taking the Dumas story, and pacing it into a satisfying romp. Caviziel shines as Edmond Dontes, a dedicated yet uneducated sailor who is set up and betrayed by his crew and associates, whom he trusts without fear of compromise. His sentencing by the cruel Msr. Villefort, a corrupt prosecutor, finds him condemned to the Chateau D’If, where he longs for revenge. A chance meeting with a fellow prisoner, the Priest, provides Edmond with an enlightening, an opportunity, and the chance to plan and conduct the most enjoyable revenge campaign against his tormentors. Yet he struggles to consider his lot, and is challenged to give up his quest with an alternate path leading to his redemption and a return to the woman he loved? Which path will he take? This is in question unto the very end. Edmond’s new identity as the Count of Monte Cristo shows him to be capable of the most clever of schemes, and with the wealth he happens upon, creates the means to bring down supposedly secure members of Parisian society. It is also not to he missed that the Privateers (Pirates) embodied by Luigi Vampa, appear much more noble, capable, and trustworthy than the society they rob at will. Clearly one of my favorite films of all time.

    Also a rare bonus, to view an early role of Henry Cavill ( the present Superman in WB films), as Albert, the son of Count Mondego, who has a pivotal role in the story.

    Not to be missed!

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