If the protagonist, Edmond Dantes, read the other column that I write, he would have known the following:
Still, if Edmond Dantes had followed any of this advice, there wouldn't have been much of a story. He would have become a successful ship's captain, married the woman he loved, and lived a long, satisfying life. Pleasant enough for those who live it, but not exactly electrifying reading. Instead, his naiveté leads to ill fortune, betrayal, suffering, and an all-consuming pursuit of revenge. This makes a ripping good yarn, based on a story by Alexander Dumas, a dead French writer (you may have heard of him). This movie has almost everything; sword fights, desperate escapes, conspiracy, deception, and kissing (they did leave out the part where Dantes's alter-ego invents the multi-layer sandwich, but I guess they had to trim stuff from the original novel to fit into a two-hour movie). If this sounds good to you, check it out.
- When fleeing from the gendarmes, don't run to the person who implicated you in the first place.
- Never carry secret materials for anyone in exile, no matter how innocent they claim it is.
- When you realize that your best friend is a spoiled rich brat who covets only that which he does not have, gently but swiftly remove yourself from his life.
If you liked the movies below, you'll probably like this one (and vice versa):
Overall Rating: 7 (where 1=Worthless, 10=Fabulous)
- The Princess Bride
- The Three Musketeers
- The Man In The Iron Mask
Eight-Facet Info Rating, rated on a scale of 0 (None) to 4 (Lots!)):