Movie Review: The Shawshank Redemption

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Today I feel like reviewing one of my favourite movies of all time called “The Shawshank Redemption”. Not only is it number one on my list but has also claimed the top spot on the Internet Movie Data Base(IMDB).

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 american film written by Frank Darabont. The movie stars Tim Robbins(Andy Duffresne) and Morgan Freeman(Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding) as the major characters, both of them have played out their parts beautifully with a rare perfection.

The story is about Andy Duffresne, a banker who is sentenced to serve two life sentences in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover, despite claims of innocence. During his time in prison he befriends a fellow inmate called Red. He also finds himself protected by the guards when the warden begins using him in his money laundering operation. It is directly based on Stephen King’s book ‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption’.

The Shawshank Redemption is an allegory for maintaining one’s feeling of self worth when placed in a hopeless situation. It also extravagantly illustrates how people can be free , even in prison , and bound , even in freedom, based on ones outlook on life.

But most important of all the movie teaches us that there is hope and that if one has the inclination he can achieve what he most aspires. It preaches how when hope is lost a man is truly lost for the last content of Pandora’s Box is essentially the most important of them all. Hope is what makes us thrive and we shall flourish as long as we have hope.

“Fear can hold you prisoner,Hope can set you free.”

-Archit Gupta

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