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Autor Wątek: The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)  (Przeczytany 911 razy)

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The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
« dnia: Wrzesień 27, 2013, 04:17:09 »
The Count of Monte Cristo is a 2002 adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film is the tenth adaptation of the book of the same name by Alexandre Dumas, père and stars Richard Harris, James Caviezel, Dagmara Dominczyk, Guy Pearce, and Luis Guzman. It follows the general plot of the novel (the main storyline of imprisonment and revenge is preserved); but many aspects, including the relationships between major characters and the ending, have been changed, simplified, or removed; and action scenes have been added. The movie met with modest box office success.



In 1815, Edmond Dantès, second mate of a French trading ship, and his friend Fernand Mondego, a representative of the shipping company, head to the isle of Elba to seek medical attention for their ailing captain. Dantès and Mondego are chased by English Dragoons who believe they are spies for the exiled Napoleon Bonaparte. Bonaparte declares they are not his agents, and asks Dantès to deliver a letter to a friend in France. After the captain dies, they leave Elba. On returning to France, Dantès is reprimanded by the ship's first mate, Danglars, for disobeying orders. However, the shipping company's boss, Morrell, commends Dantès' bravery, promoting him to captain over Danglars, who is left fuming. Mondego intercepts Dantès' fiancée, Mercédès, and tries to seduce her. When he hears of Dantès' promotion, Mondego realizes that Dantès will soon be able to marry Mercédès. Mercédès and Dantès are happily reunited.

Mondego gets drunk and tells Danglars about the letter Napoleon gave Dantès. Danglars informs on Dantès, who is charged with treason and called before a magistrate, Villefort. Villefort is sure of Dantès' innocence and about to release him when he realizes that the addressee is Villefort's own father, a Bonapartist. Horrified, Villefort burns the letter and has Dantès sent to the island prison, Château d'If. Dantès escapes en route and seeks Mondego's help, but Mondego betrays and wounds him so he cannot escape. Dantès is imprisoned in the Château d'If. Meanwhile, news spreads that Napoleon has escaped from Elba. Mondego, Mercédès, Morrell and Dantès' father go to Villefort to plead Dantès' innocence, but Villefort dismisses them. Unknown to the others, Mondego and Villefort are in league together. Mercédès is told that Dantès has been executed.

In prison, Dantès befriends Abbé Faria, an elderly priest and former soldier in Napoleon's army. Faria was imprisoned for refusing to reveal the location of the deceased Count Spada's vast fortune. For thirteen years Faria educates Dantes, teaching him mathematics, literature, philosophy, economics, hand and sword combat and military strategy. They attempt to escape, but their tunnel caves in, mortally wounding Faria, who gives Dantès the location of Spada's treasure and dies moments later. When the guards put Faria into a body bag, Dantès changes places with the corpse and is thrown into the sea.

Dantès washes onto a desert island and encounters Luigi Vampa, a smuggler and thief, and his band of pirates. Dantès is made to fight Jacopo, a traitor whom they intend to bury alive. Dantès defeats Jacopo but makes a deal with Vampa to let him live; Jacopo vows to serve Dantès for the rest of his life. Dantès joins the smugglers, leaving when they arrive at Marseille. He visits Morrell, who doesn't recognise him. Dantès learns that his father committed suicide during his imprisonment and that Mercédès married Mondego. Danglars took over Morrell's shipping company after being made a partner. Dantès goes to the island of Monte Cristo, finds Spada's treasure and vows revenge on his betrayers. He becomes the mysterious "Count of Monte Cristo". He hires Vampa to kidnap Mondego's son Albert and then rescues and befriends him. In return, Albert invites the count to his birthday party at their residence in Paris. Dantès meets with Villefort to discuss a shipment of unspecified property. Mondego and Villefort are convinced that Monte Cristo has found Spada's lost treasure and plot to steal it.

At the party, Mercédès recognizes Dantès, with whom she is still in love. Jacopo allows her to hide in Monte Cristo's carriage to speak with him, wanting his master to abandon his obsession with revenge and simply live his life. Dantès does not admit to being her former lover, but gives himself away when he accidentally uses Edmond's last name. As Danglars' men are stealing Monte Cristo's cargo for Mondego he is confronted by Dantès, with the police in tow. Danglars fights Dantès, who reveals his true identity before having Danglars arrested. Dantès gets Villefort to confess that he persuaded Mondego to kill his father in return for telling Mercédès that Dantès was dead. Villefort is arrested, and realizes Monte Cristo's true identity before being imprisoned.

Mercédès confronts Dantès, admits that she is still in love with him, and the two make love. The next morning, Dantès decides to take Mercédès and her son and leave France. Dantès has Mondego's debts called in, bankrupting him. Mercédès confronts Mondego, revealing she is leaving him and Albert is Dantès' son; she only married him to hide his true paternity. Mondego leaves for his family estate, where the stolen gold shipment was to be taken. He finds that the chests are filled with dirt and sand, and that Dantès has arrived to take his revenge. Dantès disarms Mondego, but Albert rushes to defend him. Mercédès also arrives and reveals that Dantès is Albert's father. Mondego shoots Mercédès, but only wounds her. Mondego and Dantès fight; Dantès stabs Mondego through the heart, killing him. Dantès returns to Château d'If to pay homage to Faria and promises him that he will live a better life with those who love him. With his revenge complete, Dantès leaves the island with Mercédès, Albert and Jacopo.

Cast:
    James Caviezel as Edmond Dantès
    Guy Pearce as Fernand Mondego
    Richard Harris as Abbe Faria
    Luis Guzmán as Jacopo
    James Frain as J.F. Villefort
    Dagmara Dominczyk as Mercedès
    Michael Wincott as Armand Dorleac
    Christopher Adamson as Maurice
    JB Blanc as Luigi Vampa
    Alex Norton as Napoléon
    Henry Cavill as Albert Mondego
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