Monday, May 28, 2012
You know what's a good movie? (Part 9) The Count of Monte Cristo
Part 5: The Departed
Connection: Matt Damon
Part 6: Good Will Hunting
Connection: Robin Williams
Part 7: Mrs. Doubtfire
Connection: Chris Columbus
Part 8: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Connection: Richard Harris
Part 9: The Count of Monte Cristo
Richard Harris was an amazing actor who had an amazing resume before his passing in 2002. He passed away after only 2 of the 8 Harry Potter films were completed. But he definitely left his stamp on the franchise. Another of Harris' terrific performances was in The Count of Monte Cristo; a retelling of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel. The story of a man wrongfully imprisoned, and his tale of revenge. The film was directed by Kevin Reynolds (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), and starred Jim Caviezel (The Passion of The Christ), Guy Pearce (Memento) and Dagmara Dominczyk (Kinsey).
Luis Guzman character, as he makes his way back to his hometown. After the two find the treasure, they return to town and create an entirely new persona for Caviezel, The Count of Monte Cristo. But something takes the Count by surprise; the Dominczyk character has married the Pearce character, and they have a son together. Wow.
Henry Cavill, our future Superman!
Towards the end of the film, it is revealed that the Cavill character is actually Caviezel's son, not Pearce's. WHOA! The Dominczyk character only married Pearce because she was pregnant and needed to cover it up! It is important to note that the writer of the script, Jay Wolpert, deviated from the Dumas novel in this aspect. In the book, the son really does belong to the Pearce character.
At this point, our main character is full of anger and hate, and he is ready for revenge. One by one, those who were responsible for his imprisonment begin to fall. But it is done in such a grand way, that it is perhaps worse than death. All of this leads to an incredible showdown between the former best friends.