We watched The Count of Monte Cristo for the first time last month and we really liked it.
Disclaimer: We have not read the book.
If you have seen the movie please give it any score from 1 to 10.
Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
Release date: January 25, 2002
Running Time: 131 minutes
MMPA rating: PG-13
The Good: A real hidden jem, Superb acting, A very entertaining story of adventure, escapism and revenge,
Plot: Edmond Dantès (James Caviezel) and his friend, Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce), officers of a French trading ship, head to Elba seeking medical attention for their captain. Dantès and Mondego are chased by English Dragoons who believe they are spies for the exiled Napoleon Bonaparte (Alex Norton). The Emperor arrives and declares they are not his agents, and asks Dantès to give a letter to a friend in France. When the captain dies that night, they are sent on their way. At Marseilles, Dantès is reprimanded by the ship's first mate, Danglars (Albie Woodington) for disobeying orders. However, the shipping company's boss, Morrell (Patrick Godfrey), commends Dantès' bravery, promoting him over Danglars. Mondego intercepts Dantès' fiancée Mercédès (Dagmara Dominczyk) and unsuccessfully tries to seduce her. When he hears of Dantès' promotion, Mondego realizes that Dantès will be able to marry Mercédès sooner than expected.
Mondego gets drunk and tells Danglars about the letter Napoleon gave Dantès. Danglars has Dantès charged with treason and sent to magistrate J.F. Villefort (James Frain). Villefort is sure of Dantès' innocence, but discovers the addressee is Villefort's father, Clarion, a Bonapartist, whom he had denounced to secure a promotion. Villefort burns the letter and fools Dantès into submitting to arrest, then attempts to send him to an island prison, Château d'If. Dantès escapes and goes to Mondego for help, but Mondego turns on him and wounds him so he cannot escape; when Dantès asks him why he has betrayed their friendship, Mondego says that he is angry that he wants to be Dantès, despite his wealth and superior social position. Dantès is re-arrested and successfully imprisoned in the Château d'If. Meanwhile, news spreads that Napoleon has escaped from Elba. Mondego, Mercédès, Morrell, and Dantès' father go to Villefort to plead that Dantès is innocent, but Villefort rejects their efforts. Mercédès thanks Mondego for his support; but after she leaves Mondego and Villefort discuss their reasons for wrongfully imprisoning Dantès. Mercédès is later told that Dantès has been executed. Watch the movie to see what happens next.
Plot: 8.1/10- The plot is excellently executed with no noticeable mistakes or flaws.
Action: 6.8/10- The Count of Monte Cristo is more of an adventure movie than an action movie but it did have some very good sword fights in the movie.
Acting: 8.5/10- Excellent acting by an relatively unknow cast.
Special effects: N/A
Soundtrack: 8.4/10- Superb soundtrack perfect for the period the movie was set in.
Comedy: 7.2/10- The Count of Monte Cristo is not a comedy but it did have a few hourous moments.
Overall: 8.1/10- The Count of Monte Cristo is very under rated movie that delivers a very unique and entertaining movie.
Closing comments: The Count of Monte Cristo is real hidden jem that you should check out
Recommended for: Adventure movie fans, Anyone,