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Movie Review: The Shawshank Redemption

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Stephen King is one of the most successful writers of this century. But today I won’t be recommending one of his books. Instead, I will recommend a movie based on one: “The Shawshank Redemption.”

This movie is of course another that I would call a classic. It was directed by Frank Darabont, and featured many big name actors such as Morgan Freeman as Red, and Clancy Brown as Captain Hadley. There is so much reference to this movie in popular culture, such as Morgan Freeman narrating everything. And if the promise of Morgan Freeman’s soothing voice being 75 percent of the movie won’t get you to take a break from studying for finals and check this movie out on Neftlix, then let me tell you a bit about it.

This movie is about Andy Dufresne, a man who was sentenced to two life sentences for the murder of his wife and her lover. It shows how he creates a community behind the bars of Shawshank prison, and conveys a message of hope. He strides through the prison yard like a free man, and he helps people see the brighter side of things. He helps the people of this prison, but we only see him from the view of others.

Red is our surrogate in the movie, the point from which the story is told. He is the prison fixer, someone who gets things for the inmates like cigarettes or rock hammers. And we watch from his view as Andy slowly transforms this prison, and Red himself, wondering if Andy actually did kill those people.

 

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