Prison films have standard approaches to staging them, and Stephen King has standard ways to telling stories. However, “The Shawshank Redemption” is successful in avoiding the well-known. With no horrific effect or riot scene at all, it tells a gentle, slow story of growth and camaraderie, with a completion that finds justice in what has preceded.  Frank Darabont, who is the director and writer, tells this story with an amazing level of tender care.


At times, the movie comes extremely close to having one of those “triumph of the human soul” notes. In any case, the majority of it is fluently controlled. Notwithstanding an overabundance of voice over narration and motivational music, Mr. Darabont’s movie has a real poise that intrigues. It is aided extraordinarily by fine, meticulous performances from Tim Robbins as Andy, who is the newcomer, and Morgan Freeman as Red, as a sad lifer. The movie covers about twenty years of real friendship between both of them.


At the point that Andy is convicted for the murder of his wife, the judge spoke of him as an especially callous and cold man. He maintains that chill when he initially lands at Shawshank, staying reserved from the other prisoners, even at the time when those prisoners threaten and bully him with physical injury. Obviously, the leading actors of such stories for the most part do prevail with regards to protecting themselves, when the story is being told by Hollywood at least. However, this story has image of iconoclasm, with the direction of Mr. Darabont’s as purposeful and calm as Andy himself is.

In the long run Andy starts to fit in, particularly after he stunned the gatekeepers with aptitude left-over from his pre-jail banking profession. From the first occasion when he encourages one security to make a onetime only tax-exempt gift to his spouse, Andy obtains a new personality as an indicted killer who gives unique financial planning.

Andy does exceptional financial favors for the guards. Also, he makes the rare remarkable gesture, such as commandeering the loudspeaker of the prison and playing a concert aria for his fellow prisoners. The movie tends to be romantic at moments as such, however, it frequently sustains a reserve of intelligence.

Mr. Morgan Freeman is so discreetly great here that there is cause to wish he took more part. As written, Red (Morgan Freeman) uses his time fondly watching Andy and describing jail life. However, Mr. Morgan Freeman has a telling presence, making him a substantially stronger personality than that of Andy. Mr. Morgan Freeman is particularly moving when he implies how reliant Redding has become on the jail wall that provides his life with a shape.

Mr. Robbins on the other hand, has the more complicated part. Andy’s role is the quieter part, however Mr. Robbins plays it strongly, and during the tale, he changes successfully from the new kid on the block to father figure. One of Andy’s tasks is enhancing the jail library, which once contained only what might as well be called books by the well known Stephen King.

To raise money for this endeavor, Andy is relentless and persistent, writing letters every week to state authorities till he gets what he needs. Mr. Darabont, who is a screenwriter, makes a remarkable first appearance, works in much the same discreetly relentless way. “The Shawshank Conspiracy” comes to fruition carefully and gradually, showing a general nuance that is amazing in a film of this kind. Eventually, similar to Red and Andy, it gets to where it was going.


Although the review might have sounded like “The Shawshank Redemption” was a depressing story, but it is not. There is a great deal of humor and life in it, and affection in the friendship that develops between Red and Andy. There is even suspense and excitement, though not when it is expected. However, the movie is a moral story about grasping unto a sense of individual worth, regardless of everything. Provided the movie is maybe somewhat slow, possibly that is a piece of the thought, as well, to give us a feeling of the heavy passage of time, before the greatness of the final salvation.

Cool Fact: Did we also mention The Shawshank Redemption is #4 on Empire’s 500 Greatest Movies of all Time and #8 on our Must See Manly Movies!

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption










  • Amazing Cast
  • Great Plot
  • Excellent Performances
  • Realistic Action


  • Not an Action Movie
  • Pretty Much All Guys