Oh The Onion.  I was going to say that I *had* gotten through the book, but then I realized it was Crime and Punishment!

“We are very excited to be able to bring several chapters of this timeless masterpiece to the big screen,” Paramount CEO Brad Grey said of the movie, which was shot, on and off, for two years. “Anyone who’s ever tried to sit down and trudge through this incredible book is going to be absolutely blown away by the faithfulness of our film.”

“It’s all here,” Grey added. “The opening scene, that part a little bit later on where some big commotion is taking place but you’re not quite sure what it is, that monastery thing they all go to—everything, just as you half-remember it.”

According to director D.J. Caruso, great care was taken to painstakingly recreate the experience of slowly inching one’s way through the dense work of literature. Starring Viggo Mortensen as both Alyosha and Aleksey, depending on the scene, and Laura Linney as someone’s mother or aunt, the film opens with a three-minute-long summary taken directly from the novel’s back cover.

“I’ve been picking up and putting down The Brothers Karamazov since college, so this was a dream project for me,” Caruso said. “I can still remember the first time I ever tried to read it. The obscure, often archaic prose, the overwhelming cast of characters, the frustration of reading 10 whole pages and then realizing that I didn’t understand a thing—it all had such a profound effect on me.”

“I didn’t want to lose any of that when I made the movie,” he added.

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