Sunday, March 9, 2008

Prison Break: The Shawshank Redemption

Beautiful. Everything about this movie is beautiful. Forrest Gump is a shrimp bucket of emotional crap compared to this great drama. Tim Robbins is Andy Dufresne, a man who is convicted wrongly of murdering his wife and the man his wife is having an affair with. Morgan Freeman is Red, a veteran at the Shawshank Prison, another man who was convicted of murder, but he did it. These performances are outstanding, some of the best in the history of cinema, and they root one of film's great masterpieces. Bob Gunton supports as Warden Norton, a ruthless man who uses Andy's education and banking expertise to his advantage to scam hundreds of dollars. The sheer brilliance of this movie is blinding. Everything is seamless, especially the way time passes. Frank Darabont, the man who directs most King adaptations, mixes the amount of prison content just right with sentimentality (very little). The movie's last 45 minutes are pristine cinematic gold, from Andy's prison break/rain scene, to Andy's scam of the Warden, to Red making to Andy across the Mexican border. A classic film. One to be hailed for ages. A

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