The Shawshank Redemption(1994) Film Review

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After being falsely convicted for killing his wife, Andy (Tim Robbins) ends up in Shawshank prison. Eventually he befriends Red (Morgan Freeman) and a group of other prisoners, and settles in for a long stay. And then…

I recently heard someone state that this is a hugely overrated film, but I disagree. It’s a great story that does not go where you expect it to go. If you haven’t watched it, do. It’s on television all of the time, but get it on DVD or stream it, or whatever so you don’t have to deal with annoying advertising, and enjoy it.

The Shawshank Redemption was nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Morgan Freeman), Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (Frank Darabont), Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Film Editing and Best Music, Original Score

 

 

The Mist (2007) Film Review

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There has been a freak storm in a small town, and David Drayton (Thomas Jane)and his son Billy (Nathan Gamble) head to the local supermarket for supplies. Whilst there, a mist takes over the town, but this is no normal mist. There are creatures in the mist. Creatures with tentacles and teeth and hunger, creatures that attack anyone who ventures outside. The townsfolk holed up in the supermarket react in different ways; some become practical and try to find ways to survive and others follow the local religious nutter, Mrs Carmody (Marcia Gray Harden) in an old testament inspired mob, sacrifices included.

It’s an awful film. By this I mean that it looks at the base nature of people, and for some people, it’s pretty horrible. It’s no surprise that it is based on a Stephen King short story – King writes awesome creatures and nasties, but also has an extremely strong grip on human nature. Yet there were a couple of major flaws in it. For me, the biggest flaw was when David decides to get a group together to run next door to the pharmacy to get supplies. At this point, he has already decided to get a group to his car and get out. But then he suddenly turns into a hero. Why? His goal was to get through with his son, and he’d seen everyone who went outside die in a horrible, violent, bloody manner. So why would he risk his life and risk leaving his son? I just didn’t believe it.

The special effects are pretty good, if quite horrible. And it is worth watching to see an end that you would absolutely not expect from a Hollywood film.