Review: The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption is a Crime Drama about Andy Dufrense, who is wrongly accused of the murder of his wife and lover. While in Shawshank prison, Andy learns the hard lessons of being a frail inmate. Andy does not crack however, and begins to use his accounting brain in helping out the prison from their tax returns, to their investments. Starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, William Sadler and Bob Gunton, The Shawshank Redemption has been voted by numerous mediums as one of the best films of all time, and rightly so.

The story is so powerful, that many forget to look at the acting performances from the whole cast. Freeman, who narrates this epic tale, never puts a foot wrong. Arguably the career making performance that made him a household name, Freeman delivers a performance worthy of his Oscar nomination, it was just hard luck it was in the same year as Tom Hank’s performance as Forrest Gump. The cinematography and directing is on point in this feature, with a few twists and turn along the way that are not as predictable as you think.

One of the best films ever made for a reason, The Shawshank Redemption will have you cursing, crying and hoping.

“It’s funny. On the outside, I was an honest man. Straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook.” – Andy Dufrense