When a sailor is betrayed by his best friend and imprisoned
for 13 years, he escapes and exacts his revenge.
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
Directed by Kevin Reynolds
Written by Jay Wolpert
Starring Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris,
Dagmara Dominczyk, Luiz Guzman, James Frain,
Henry Cavill, Michael Wincott
Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas
This movie is a magnificent adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's classic novel. It's one of my favorite films and has remained one of the best adaptations of a novel ever made. Jim Caviezel brilliantly portrays Edmond Dantes in a believable transformation from naive young man to stone-hearted vengeful count.
Guy Pearce plays the vile, horrible Fernand Mondego, giving one of the best performances of his career and providing the audience with a great villain. The wonderful score by Ed Shearmur fits the tone of the story so well, giving us a soundtrack to the classic tale of revenge that has been retold again and again, but never this good.