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The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
I never expected that I would love this movie very much. The title seemed boring to me. However, one night while trying to relax and checking our DVD collection, I found this movie and got curious. This is the favorite movie of our country's national hero and thought I better find out why he loves this movie very much. I watched the movie and to my surprise, it really is a great movie.
The story revolves around the life of Edmond Dantes. A simple and innocent sailor. He has an attractive fiancee, Mercedes and without his knowledge, his cousin Fernand Mondego was secretly attracted to her. Edmond was promoted as captain of the ship where he was working and this raised the jealousy of those who were also interested of the position and those jealous of his good fortunes. He was then betrayed by Fernand and the other people envious of him. He was sent to prison as he was wrongly accused of being a Bonapartist traitor and sent to the Chateau d'If. Life in prison was like hell. Mercedes got so worried of him and seeked the help of Fernand, however, Fernand told him instead that Edmond was already dead and that she should move on. He supported Mercedes through this hard time and asked her to marry him.
In prison, Edmond was able to find a way to escape when his priest prisoner friend died. Through this friend, he learned of the treasure that would later change his destiny and would make him the Count of Monte Cristo. A brilliant movie and teaches so many lessons in life. Highly recommended.
The Count of Monte Cristo was filmed and directed by Kevin Reynolds which is based on a book written by Alexandre Dumas.