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The Shawshank Redemption (DVD, 2007)
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Shawshank Redemption; An All Time Best and Favorite Film
Jun 16, 2009
Review by Phil Popsrocks
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:The Shawshank Redemtion is a mesmerizing film
Cons:no flaws here
The Bottom Line: The Shawshank Redemption was overshadowed by Forest Gump and Pulp Fiction. "No longer the case", I say.
Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman deliver excellent performances in a perfect script.
The Shawshank is a film adapted from a Stephen King story that I read many years before and forgot about much like Stand By Me another Stephen King adaptation that also became a favorite film of mine.
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The Shawshank Redemtion examines the prison life of a wrongfully convicted killer. Aren't they all?
His name is Andy Dufresne played by Tim Robbins. He was a banker convicted of killing his wife and her lover. He doesn't fit in with the hard edged criminals that reside in Shawshank prison that is known to be one of the toughest institutions in New England.
He starts prison life as a loner, is picked on and yet still keeps an aura about him like he doesn't have a care in the world. As time goes on he meets fellow prison-mate "Red", Morgan Freeman, who is known to be able to get anything for a price. On one occasion he asks for what would be considered an unusual object, actually a couple. Watch the film for more.
The men are drawn together as friends. Red has been in prison for years and is annually passed over for parole. He feels like he will always be behind bars. Andy in the other hand holds hope that someday he will find freedom again.
As the movie progresses Andy get to use his banking skills to help the warden and others hide illegal money. He also uses his talents to get small concessions for some of his fellow inmates such as books for a library.
In one scene he manages to get a piece of opera played over the PA system. (a deed he immediately and severly punished for)
Red, who narrates much of the story, say's this...
I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singin' about. Truth is, I don't want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I like to think they were singin' about something so beautiful it can't be expressed in words and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared, higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away. And for the briefest of moments, every last man at Shawshank felt free.
The film continues with Andy planning his future and Red just going along with his sentence until an opportunity presents itself in the end.
I happen to believe the Shawshank Redemtion an exceptional story. The adaption from the Stephen King novella is wonderfully told. It's a combination prison film, buddy movie and a story of hope, even under the most difficult of conditions with little reason to see any spark of a future.
Director Frank Darabont builds the story slowly but it's one that draws the viewer in and as the characters interact we find out the good guys, those running the prison are not what they should be. This presents unexpected twists in the film.
Both Tim Robbins as Andy and Morgan Freeman as Red are flawless in their display of acting abilities. The understated but incredible depth of character both present along with the story telling compels me to watch this film time and time again. It doesn't matter what part of the film I may tune into when it is on TV. I stop everything I'm doing and sit and watch. The film is mesmerizing as Freeman's voice colours the story dictating his observations and personal feelings.
The film's ending is a touch of perfection.
The Shawshank Redemption was nominated for many Academy Awards only to be shunned in each category. Unfortunately for then first time director Frank Darabont he was against films Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction.
I make the statement noting that as good as those two films are, the Shawshank Redemption will make its way higher and higher on the all time best film lists as the years move on.
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