"The Count of Monte Cristo" boils down to
revenge--sweet, sweet vengeance. Based on the story from
Alexandre Dumas, this may be the most effective and enjoyable
adaptation yet, leagues better than that old Errol Flynn disaster.
Plus, Guy Pearce is just a great actor.
Dantes (Jim Caviezel) and Guy Pearce (Mondego) were the best of
friends until Mondego betrayed him, which ultimately to his
imprisonment. For years, Dantes stayed in prison, until one
day a man named Faria (Richard Harris) tunneled up into his cell
(he had meant to tunnel out but dug in the wrong direction).
After they meet, Dantes agrees to help Faria complete a fool proof
tunnel, and Faria agrees to help Dantes learn some key sword
fighting and martial arts so he may finally have his day of
revenge. And, when they escape, that's exactly what happens,
boiling down into an incredible fight sequence, much like that of
Caviezel does a wonderful job is displaying the emotions of a man
with such intense revenge on his mind, and Guy Pearce is fabulous
as the seedy and ruthless Mondego. Richard Harris brings a
touch of class to a role which could have otherwise been wasted
with a lesser actor. And, Luis Guzman brings some much
needed comic relief as Jacobo.
Director Kevin Reynolds really let me down with "Waterworld",
after doing a fairly decent job with "Robin Hood: Prince of
Thieves". However, his latest effort brings back
memories of the old Kevin Costner adventure film and even trumps
it to some extent. The performances are what make this film
so wonderful to watch--the chemistry between Caviezel and Pearce
onscreen is kinetic and, as I said before, Luis Guzman is
delightful. The only slightly disappointing performance
comes from Dogmara Dominczyk as Mercedes, the love interest.
She is beautiful, but she sure can't act.
recommend this film to anyone who enjoys a good action/adventure
film and I would go so far as to say that this is the best
action/adventure film I have seen in the last year, at least.
The ending is phenomenal and we don't get bored waiting until it
finally arrives. This is quality suspense and quality
3 1/2 out of 4 pops )
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