Friday, October 12, 2007

Survival of the fittest

Shawshank Redemption

Directed by: Frank Darabont
Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown

There are some films that matures over time. It's not talked about. It never got recognition. Yet whoever sees the film swears by it. Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman starrer Shawshank Redemption is one such film. Based on a short story by Stephen King, the film is your typical jail drama, and a story of the indomitable spirit of human survival. There are numerous jail dramas on the same theme. But this one scores for its off-beat charm and its unpredictability.
Told from the third person perspective of another convict, Freeman, the film tells the story of Robbins who gets the life sentence for allegedly killing his wife. Not the one to display emotion easily, Robbins survives the rules of the jail, the fanatic jailer, who beats and forces the convicts to read the Bible, and a group of sexual predators through his firm will, his resilience, and a sense of sophistication that soon makes him an object of admiration among the convicts and the jail employees.
After that how he plans to escape from the jail and how he succeeds forms the crux of the movie. It's a survival drama at its best. There is no fate that can change your lot. You change it by your sheer gut.
Both Robbins and Morgan are top-class.
And finally, this is a kind of film that you can watch over and over again.

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