The Shawshank Redemption

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The Shawshank Redemption Often regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ is the story of one man’s persecution and his undying hope of freedom, which ultimately overpowers him into redemption. After being wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and his wife’s lover, banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) he is sentenced to serve two consecutive life-sentences in Shawshank State Penitentiary. In there, he meets fellow inmate Ellis “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman),and the pair form a close friendship. Andy is also great interest to the prison Warden, who uses Andy’s banking skills for money laundering operations. When Andy finds a way to prove his innocence, the Warden soon suppresses the opportunity as he realizes the true worth of Andy and his activities. In reference to the films tagline, ‘Fear can hold you prisoner, hope can set you free’, recurring messages of hope are conveyed in different circumstances in this film, mainly between Andy and Red. Andy refuses to give up hope, whereas Red has surrendered to the notion that ‘hope is a dangerous thing’. These contrasting beliefs and the adversities they experience throughout the film help the characters to bond a lifelong friendship. It is one of my personal favorite films because of its simple, but provoking storyline, wich director Frank Darabont managed to pull off in a classic style, making it feel like a timeless piece of cinematography. In addition to this, I believe the acting is great, particulary Morgan Freeman, who seems to ass an impeccable degree of realism to his character ‘Red’. I think we should watch it in our English class because it is a film that everybody should see at least once in their live, because it is highly recommended by various polls

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