It’s still fun to see a movie in which the villian is the guy in the puffiest shirt, but there’s a lot of exposition to slog through before treachery enjoys the satisfying kick of justice. As Edmond Dantes, who escapes the prison of Chateau D’If and assumes the made-up identity of the Count of Monte Cristo, all to take revenge on the foppish traitor Fernand (Guy Pearce), Jim Caviezel doesn’t exactly singe the screen. The best thing in the movie is Pearce’s snot-nosed hauteur. B-
Genre: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; Starring: James Caviezel, Richard Harris, Guy Pearce, Henry Cavill, Dagmara Dominczyk, Luis Guzman; Director: Kevin Reynolds; Author: Jay Wolpert; Release Date Wide: 01/25/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 131; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures
Posted February 15 2002 — 12:00 AM EST
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