The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)


monte cristo“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you: as Albert Mondego, the man! ” – Edmond

Number of Times Seen – 3 (Theater in 2002, 6 Sep 2004 and 5 Jan 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A man wrongfully accused of a crime and imprisoned by a childhood friend, decided to seek revenge on those who wronged him when he discovers a hidden treasure.

My Take on it – As a kid, I had a truncated children’s version of this classic Alexander Dumas story and loved to read it often.

Whrn I heard they were making this movie, I was quite excited to see how they would adapt this great and intriguing story that is filled with mystery, intrigue, escape, love, honor and of course revenge.

I was very pleased with the finished product.

The idea to make the two main characters former friends really works to the story’s benefit and we feel even more for them and the story’s circumstances because of that connection.

The cast led by Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce and Richard Harris really bring these characters and their complex yet enjoyable story to life before our eyes.

Bottom Line – Excellent adaptation of the Dumas novel.  Loved the way that it was presented here and the relationship between the characters made it even more powerful. Great cast brings the characters and the story to life. Highly recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jay Wolpert came up with the idea, not present in the novel, that Mondego and Dantes started out as best friends. His logic was that it would work better as a ‘buddy’ film that turned sinister. Wolpert believed that when a friendship soured, the hate generated was both more terrible and more believable. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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6 thoughts on “The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

  1. I always loved this story. The original book is the first thing I read on my Kindle. There was a wonderful TV version with Richard Chamberlain and Tony Curtis that you might enjoy as well. I thought the two stars in this version were both excellent. Caviezel is suitably grim and Pearce oozes duplicity.

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