The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption, considered by many the best movie of all time, marked its presence in movies and became a Hollywood favorite. This movie tells the story of an innocent man convicted for the murder of his wife. Andy (brilliantly performed by Tim Robbins) never pleaded himself guilty, and as such, was convicted for life in Shawshank, a high-security prison. Through the course of the movie we watch as this man struggles to adapt and survive to the harsh prison life. It's when he meets Red (played by the legend Morgan Freeman himself) that his life starts to take a turn.
Since the very beginning of the movie Andy strikes us as a simple and likeable guy, you can't help but relate to his character. He is also a very intelligent and resourceful man, traits that will be crucial to his survival in this perilous journey. As the story progresses, you see as Andy adapts to his new life in prison, while developing relations with interesting and unique individuals. Especially interesting is the evolution of Andrew and Red's friendship, which is one of the highlights of the movie, and a delight to watch thanks to their witty and sarcastic conversations!
The presence of Andy in Shawshank will bring along many changes during his stay. His peculiar attitude and knowledge of many subjects will make him many friends, as well as enemies. Andy's uniqueness and influence eventually reach the eyes and ears of the warden (Bob Gunton) who will become a character of extreme importance to the story. The people who come and go into Andy's life and the changes and tragedies of a life in prison, all shape his new character and dictate his actions as he goes along.
It's mesmerizing witnessing Andy's attempts of becoming more than a simple convict and do more for those that ended up becoming his family, and the unexpected things that eventually happen in consequence of his actions in such a brilliant narrative. His simplicity, resourcefulness, endurance, perseverance and fight for one's justice, make him a memorable character, while Red is the intriguing friend that will make his hard journey possible.
The Shawshank Redemption is an inspiring story of unparalleled depth that hardly leaves anyone indifferent. A must see.