Shawshank Redemption (1994).

shawshank_l“Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free,”

The story of a banker wrongly accused of murdering his wife, who  befriends Red, a fellow inmate.I studied this film in the first semester of first year at uni. The film is based on a short story written by Stephen King – just like The Green Mile, which has a similar premise. Both stories are set in prison, and both are equally good films.

While this film does not have the gut-wrenching soul destroying nature of the Green Mile, it also has a theme of hope running through it. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are both marvels in their respective roles.

Some may say that the film does not deserve the reputation it has garnered since its release. I personally disagree. Strong performances by all involved and a well done story make it worth the entirety of its running time. Even characters who aren’t given as much screentime as Red and Andy are made to be very memorable, and as a viewer you just want them to be able to be given a second chance at life.

While I was not ‘moved’ by the film (as opposed to Green Mile, I mean. I was a blubbering wreck then…) it did show one of the most sought after human emotions which we all want: hope.

MY RATING: **** / *****



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