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Should follow the book it is named after

  • Nov 15, 2008
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If you have ever read Dumas's classic The Count Of Monte Cristo, you will be disappointed in this movie. If you haven't, then perhaps you enjoyed this haphazardly scripted piece of tripe, but I found that it bordered on offensive the way it strayed from the novel.

TCOMC has always been my absolute favorite revenge novel, a place where revenge is cold and bitter and immensely satisfying to savor. The movie made it quick, painless, and silly.

Removing the years Edmund spent plotting and setting up the downfall of his enemies and replacing them with the silliness of an air-balloon arrival, an uncalled for knife fight, and a script that barely got the names right, left us with an obese piece of celluloid garbage that simply wasted my time.

Even if you liked the movie, I strongly urge you to pick up at least the abridged addition of TCOMC and read it. The revenge Edmund wreaks on those who imprisoned him is so perfect in every way. He takes everything they cherish slowly away from them, and sits back to watch their suffering up close. A superb and cold luncheon of their ruinations, from exposure of crimes and corruption to bankruptcy to madness, all of which were sorely missing in this lackluster portrayal.

Even the older movie with Richard Chamberlain is far superior to this nonsense. Its clear that the script writers have never read the book, either that or they just don't know how to cook up a good revenge piece.

Want some great, modern revenge served on a frozen platter of a cold soul? Go out and get Man On Fire, and leave this on the shelf.
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Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
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Quick Tip by . June 06, 2010
Can I recommend the French version starring Gerard Depardieu? It is terrific entertainment and very true to Dumas' plotline.
Quick Tip by . June 04, 2010
This book should have a five out of five. Why Doesn't it? Any way this books deals with revenge, trust, and friendship. Is revenge worth it? Does revenge help and or fix anyones problems? P.S. There are at least three movie versions of this book they are all good.
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Starring James Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, Luis Guzman
Directed by Kevin Reynolds
Writer:  Jay Wolpert
Based on the classic novel "The Count Of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas

Product Description
Jim Caviezel (HIGH CRIMES) and Guy Pearce (THE TIME MACHINE) give sizzling performances in THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO -- the greatest tale of betrayal, adventure, and revenge the world has ever known. When the dashing and guileless Edmond Dantes (Caviezel) is betrayed by his best friend (Pearce) and wrongly imprisoned, he becomes consumed by thoughts of vengeance. After a miraculous escape, he transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo, insinuates himself into the French nobility, and puts his cunning plan of revenge in action. This swashbuckling thriller will have you sitting on the edge of your seat until the last ounce of revenge is exacted.
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Director: Kevin Reynolds
Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure
Release Date: January 25, 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 2hrs 11min
Studio: Touchstone Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment
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