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The Count of Monte Christo is, of course, based on the novel of the same name (which I've not read). Jim Caveziel plays Edmond Danes, a poor sailor who makes the mistake of going ashore on Elba to tend his dying captain and having a chat with Napoleon.

He takes a letter from Napoleon, gets arrested as a traitor (betrayed by Guy Pearce, his best friend, who just wants to bang his girlfriend), goes away to prison, learns fighting, science and everything from Richard Harris, escapes, hooks up with Luis Guzman, finds treasure, restyles himself as the Count of Monte Christo, and hatches a cunning plan of vengeance.

Eventually, of course, he learns that his girl did not just ditch him and marry his traitorous buddy, but married him because she was pregnant with his (Edmond's) child. In the meanwhile, Pearce has become a count himself, and proceeded to booze and whore his way into bankruptcy. So of course he winds up killing him in a swordfight! Huzzah!

It's not a bad movie. There's a lot of very pretty scenery, the performances are good (standouts: Guy Pearce, Luis Guzman and Michael Wincott as the warden of the prison to which Edmond is sent). Richard Harris is nicely...mentory, sure, and Caveziel manages to suffer without whining (we call this "Jesus training"). But the movie lacks some bite, and I don't know if that's because they let the novel do the work or what.

My grade: B
Rewatch value: Medium

Next up: The Craft


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