What is it: A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friends," escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.
Why I should watch it: "The Count of Monte Cristo" is a classic literary tale that easily translates to film. It has everything you could want from a movie and just might teach something about forgiveness and love in the process.
What's in it: Rated PG-13 for adventure violence/swordplay and some sensuality, "The Count of Monte Cristo" is OK for ages 13+. The movie includes intense thematic material as Dantes plots his revenge. There is sword fighting, torture and murder, as well as a few love scenes that are tastefully portrayed.
Fun tidbit: Jay Wolpert deliberately rewrote the Dumas story so that Mondego and Dantes started out as best friends; his logic was that it would be a 'buddy' film that turned sinister. Wolpert believed that when a friendship soured, the hate generated was both more terrible and more believable.
What reviewers say: "This is a rare case where I liked the movie BETTER than the book. Yes, the book is a literary classic, but it was a hard read for me. The book's plot is 10 times more complicated than the movie, and maybe that's why I liked it better, I have a simple mind. (Insert joke at my expense). But getting back to the movie, I liked this story and the swashbuckling adventure of it all. I found myself wishing I had the count's treasure. Good family movie." -kevin.daughtrey
Where can I find it: "The Count of Monte Cristo" is available on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.