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A disgrace to a legendary book

  • Jun 2, 2010
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As I sat down to watch this in 2002, I expected to witness all of the action, emotion, and suspense of the book. I hoped to see a a film that would grip me and remind me of my love for the story- instead, I got this piece of junk.

It was a good movie, yes. It did sort of hold true to the book, yes. However, as I watched the plot go from wrong to worse, I became more and more disappointed, until the end of the movie, with a scene of a frantic, reckless duel between Edmond and Ferdinand. The book comes nowhere close to this, nor would the well-educated Count of Monte Cristo engage in such a terribly fought battle. I was upset.

Plot aside, the cinematography was well done, and the story came together nicely, if not accurately, to pull up the same feelings of betrayal as the book. However, this comparison is not even worth mention, truly, as they are two entirely different stories after Dantes's trip to the Chateau d'If.

If you are in the mood for a cinematic Count of Monte Cristo experience, I suggest the anime series "Gankutsuou" AKA "The king of the cave". It's a wonderful futuristic, sci-fi interpretation of the book that plays almost perfectly in sync with the book, compared to this movie.

I would suggest watching this movie, but know that it is not, and doesn't come close to being, the book.

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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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