1 nov. 2010

My Review: The Shawshank Redemption (10/10)


¨Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies. ¨

An uplifting and inspiring movie that reminds us that hope is what keeps us going during difficult situations. The movie ranks at number one in the top IMDB list and it comes as no surprise because many people rank this movie among their all-time favorite. Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins give an excellent performance in this film directed by Frank Darabont and which is based on Stephen King´s short story ¨Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.¨ It received 7 Oscar nominations in 1995 including Best Picture, but lost to Forrest Gump. Freeman is probably the best actor when it comes to narrating a story and this is one of his greatest roles as he introduces us to Robbins`s character, Andy Dufresne. Andy is a banker who has been accused of murdering his wife and her lover and is sentenced to prison for life. In Shawshank prison Andy befriends Red (Morgan Freeman) who serves as the provider in jail because he can get just about anything you ask, yes even Rita Hayworth. The prison is run by Warden Norton (Bob Gunton) with a stern hand, and the prison guards treat the prisoners very violently. Despite how unjust life has been towards Andy he never losses hope because as he puts it ¨You either get busy living or you get busy dying.¨ There is a very positive message we can learn from this movie and if you are among the few that haven`t seen it yet then I absolutely recommend this as a must see film! You won`t regret it.

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