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This is a modern version of the Count of Monte Cristo, with interesting locations from the world's major centers of finance, probably set around 1973. Eric Stoltz delivers a good performance as always in this entertaining but neglected film which must have been "lost in distribution" because of its European origin. It is based on a novel by a French author, and not supposed to be a lesson in credibility. Like the Count of Monte Cristo, the film rises the interesting question about the difference between revenge and justice. It is both exciting, entertaining, thought-provoking and interesting. I will give it a rating of 9.
Rich kid, raised parentless by a faceless trust fund, is
unceremoniously tossed out into the world on reaching his majority. We
are to believe that this raw kid, dead broke and in a foreign country,
can make himself wealthy in a matter of days (and pick up the sweetest
girl) then make himself a multi millionaire in a few weeks and find the
men who robbed his daddy. (this much is on the video box). A certain
suspension of disbelief is required to follow this plot line. It might
not be so bad but for the films use of the odd European device of
having an unseen announcer periodically tell you what is happening.
"She gets up to leave. She is upset. He has the feeling this is the
last time he will see her". I suppose the makers of film in europe feel
they must make sure all the audience is following the plot. The viewer
has the impression he/she is being spoon fed a story that is not at all
deep to start with.
The movie is a success in that watching the screen, we are led to believe that a rapidly exchanged series of still images is seen by the human eye as people and things in motion. More than that, it is not.
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