|Andy Dufresne and Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding|
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Have you ever been to an ocean? Doesn’t it look calm though we know there are millions of lives and zillions of activities happening underneath that mask of calmness. It hides countless secrets beneath it and when we learn any one of those secrets, we are left with nothing but the feeling of awe and that was exactly what happened to me when I watched “The Shawshank Redemption”. The movie wasn’t pacy but it wasn’t slow either. I quite liked both the pace and the storyline but if you decide to watch the movie after reading this review then let me warn you that the movie might not necessarily have the same effect on you, however I guarantee that it would at least not disappoint you.
Any man would be outraged if he learnt that his wife was cheating upon him; Andy Dufresne, our protagonist played by Tim Robbins, was angry too when he found out that his wife was sleeping with a golf player. He got drunk and then went to his wife’s boyfriend’s place with a loaded gun, for only-god-knows-why. The next day, the maid finds them dead and Mr. Dufresne is sent to serve two life sentences, back to back, at Shawshank. Initially, he remains quite and lost in himself, then he become friends with few other prisoners; Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding, played by Morgan Freeman, being one among them. The awful things that he experiences at the prison and the prison itself fails to deplete his hope for a peaceful and a happy life post prison, and his hope gives hope to his friend Red. The movie is mainly about how Andy copes up with the sudden change in his life, then the prison and his bonding with Red. I know that it doesn’t sound fun and I suggest that you postpone watching this movie if you are seeking a frivolous watch.
I believe Stephan King doesn’t need an introduction and the movie is adopted from one of his short stories that shares its name with the movie, and Frank Darabont has made that short story into a wonderful movie. Everyone who was a part of the movie must have worked really hard hence a big applause to everyone, but we identify only those that we see on the screen and I must say that all the actors have done justice to their roles, especially Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. They are so natural in the movie that they make it look real. I don't want to rate the movie; however I suggest that everyone should watch it, at least once. I have watched it twice already and plan to watch it again, and again.
My favorite dialogues from the movie are “Yeah. The funny thing is - on the outside, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook.” and “Everyone in here is innocent”.