The Count of Monte Cristo is Alexandre Dumas’ classic story of an innocent man wrongly but deliberately imprisoned and his brilliant strategy for revenge against those who betrayed him. Dashing young sailor Edmond Dantes (Jim Caviezel) is a guileless and honest young man whose peaceful life and plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk) are abruptly shattered when he is deceived by his best friend Fernand (Guy Pearce), who wants Mercedes for himself.
Set up to be unlawfully sentenced to the infamous island prison of Chateau D’If, Edmond is trapped in a nightmare that lasts for thirteen years. Haunted by the baffling course his life has taken, over time everything he ever believed about right and wrong is abandoned and replaced by all-consuming thoughts of vengeance. With the help of an equally innocent fellow inmate (Richard Harris), Dantes plots and succeeds in his mission to escape from prison, whereupon he transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo...
This film is a book adaptation that has paid more attention to the on screen action than sticking to the story, however if you are looking for some action, a simple plot, love story, swashbuckling and fighting and Guy Pearce in tights this could be the film for you. (and for the guys –Dagmara Dominczyk in a corset is worth seeing!!)
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