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Throwback Thursday: The Shawshank Redemption

Katie Benoit

Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Amazon
Photo courtesy of Amazon

The Shawshank Redemption is considered by many to be one of the best movies of all time. The movie was released the year before I was born, so I wasn’t able to go to the theater to see it. However, I have always heard people ranting and raving about it, and I had no idea why until I finally got to watch the movie about a year ago.

The movie is a bit on the long side, but well worth its 142-minute run time. It stars award-winning actors Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. There is no doubting the legendary talent of Freeman, and in this movie, he once again nails his role. Freeman’s voice gives the film a perfect narration.

The plot focuses on Robbins’ character, Andy, after he ends up in jail for being convicted of killing his wife. Andy is in fact innocent and goes though some tough times. He eventually becomes friends with Freeman’s character, Red. Many parts of the movie focus on the friendship of the two prisoners. The movie has a great plot, but it has an even better ending.

The movie deals with themes such as issues with the legal system, life in prison, and the struggles of criminals adjusting to the outside world. However, the movie might exaggerate things that happen in prison a little.

The movie also has inspiring themes as well. Andy never stops trying to clear his name and be freed from prison. He does everything in his power to get out and even comes up with a unique plan to give him his life back.

The Shawshank Redemption is one of those movies that is great at making its viewers feel emotions. While the movie made me feel angry at some points, it also made me despise some of the characters. It seems the actors and writers of the film are did their jobs right.

This movie is definitely worth seeing, even if it is over 20 years old. If you haven’t seen it, try renting it from the library or Netflix for your next movie night. I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.

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