The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free. 1994/9/23 142 min.


There are movies that give you back the desire to live. As simple as that. Or, more exactly, the desire to continue to see what happens, with a little more hope. We have warched 'The Shawshank Redemption', precisely directed by Tim Robbins), who has directed many movies throughout the years, and in all of them it has produced the same sensation: to attend a poem that exists for the mere reason of giving hope to the heart of man, curiously a objective that for Andrei Tarkovski was the supreme goal of art. In his debut, Darabont achieves it with a rare mastery in a first-time, filming one of the most beautiful and exciting films of the last decades, watch now the movie and see for yourself.

Rarely can manida be used, sometimes a reductionist and a so-called "masterpiece" as in the resounding case of this film. It was the year 1994 when he was born, and he competed in the Oscars with the genius of Allen ‘Bullets on Broadway’ or with the ‘Pulp Fiction’ of Tarantino. They lost all against the mediocre 'Forrest Gump', but I think he should have won the one that now occupies us, which is the most beautiful of all, perhaps the most beautiful of all prison films in the entire history of cinema, because in its bosom there is one of the most intense elegies that are remembered around the search for personal and spiritual freedom, something desired by most men, although many may not even know it. But ‘Life imprisonment’ is much more than that, even. Let's go get her.

Adaptation of Stephen King's story 'Rita Hayworth and Shawshank's Redemption', a story that appeared in 1982, carried out by Darabont himself (who, with the sole exception of 'The Majestic', on a script by Michael Sloane, has worked on his lengths on previous texts of the famous writer of Maine, a kind of true guru for him), for a long time Darabont was considering the possibility of debuting with 'The Mist', whose adaptation would see the light in 2007, but finally he decided on This story about a convict accused of a crime he has not committed, and will spend two decades in jail, during which he will meet a series of characters. With one of them, Red (Morgan Freeman), will initiate a lasting and deep friendship, enriching and stimulating for both, a friendship around a series of major themes, such as hope, redemption, fraternity, striving to live or insist on dying. Almost nothing.

This film has not been really valued as it deserves, despite having the first place in the ranking of the archdiocesan imdb, a list as arbitrary as any other (including, of course, mine, but for that the lists are made, to be arbitrary ). If 'Perpetual Chain' was a film of the fifties (and it could be), it would be rubbed today, in popularity, with 'The Twilight of the Gods' ('Sunset Blvd.', Wilder, 1950) or 'Rio Bravo' ( Hawks, 1959).

‘The Shawshank Redemption’ travels in latitudes similar to those films.} watch online the movie and you will understand. The emotional punch, the blow of his images, competes with them. Red get the conditional after thirty years in jail, live for a while in the knife in which his partner Brooks Hatlen committed suicide (played by the legendary and now deceased James Whitmore), decide to violate the conditional, and go to the huge tree in which his friend Andy left him a letter, is much more than just seen.

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