“Haven’t you heard? We’re all innocent in here”

Today’s review: The Shawshank Redemption.
Rating certificate: MA 15+ (Australia), R (USA), 15 (UK)

Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption

Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption

Director: Frank Darabont
Released: September 23, 1994 (USA)

In 1947, American banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover based on circumstantial evidence. He is given two consecutive live sentences; one for each of his murders, and is destined to spend the rest of his days behind the wire fences and concrete walls of Shawshank State Penitentiary. Whilst in prison, Andy befriends illicit smuggler Ellis “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman), who is also serving a life sentence.

Where most of the other inmates have succumbed to the day-to-day workings of prison, Andy still holds out hope that he will one day be released when there is enough evidence to proclaim him innocent. Until that day, Andy will have to do everything he can to survive the daily routine of Shawshank prison, not only having to endure the wrath of “The Sisters”, a band of incredibly dangerous and masochistic inmates, but also the prison guards themselves, who are probably more shady than most of the prisoners.

Can I just say… wow. Woooow.

WHAT a movie. After watching this, I can definitely see why this movie is one of the greatest movies ever made. The script is perfection, the acting astounding, and the story amazing.
It was hard to write the plot summary, and I’m afraid that it does not give the movie due credit. It’s just extremely hard to write a summary for a movie like this without giving anything away. All I can say is…

Big twist.

There. I literally cannot say any more without giving anything away. So don’t ask me for spoilers, because I won’t give you any.

Just watch the movie. Seriously. Watch it.

If that isn’t enough to convince you, how about the fact that it was nominated for seven academy awards including best actor (Morgan Freeman), best cinematography (Roger Deakins), best film editing (Richard Francis-Bruce), best music, original score (Thomas Newman), best picture (Niki Marvin), best sound (Robert J. Litt  Elliot Tyson Michael Herbick Willie D. Burton), and best writing, screenplay based on material previously produced or published
(Frank Darabont). Apart from these, it also ranked number 4 on Empire‘s list of “The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time” in 2008, and was voted by BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra listeners as their favorite film of all time.

Based on the Stephen King novel, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, The Shawshank Redemption is a moving tale of friendship, loss, pain, and the courage to do what is right. It’s one of those movies that should be on your 100 movies to see before I die list and should definitely be near the top of that list. I highly recommend it, and I would also advise keeping a box of tissues nearby, just in case.

Rating: 9.5/10

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