One poster of the film has the two protagonists who may seem very different from each other. One of them is Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) who is a successful banker and is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover despite his innocence to the crime. The other is Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding (Morgan Freeman). They have become good friends in the prison. Red, who has been an inmate for many years, gives him tips on how to survive inside the prison. Andy also gets protection from the guards because the warden uses him in the money-laundering scheme. Will Andy’s banking knowledge work to his advantage or disadvantage? There is only one way to find out. Watch it! You won’t regret it.
I have watched a number of movies about prisoners and the strict guards and wardens, but this film has its own character. While there are violent scenes, the way they are presented are not that gory nor bloody as the others. The thing is, if you are very imaginative, what you see in your mind might be more violent than what is intended by the director. And that makes it more affecting to the audience, I believe. I like Andy’s attitude and gentle character. He is smart and friendly. He uses his charm and intelligence to get what he wants no matter how long it may take. And because he is giving, most of the prisoners have helped him in their own way. I laughed when he frightened one bully prisoner by explaining some scientific bodily reactions that happen when a person has a serious brain injury. Smart!
I also like Red. He has grown old in the prison. He has been trying to get a parole for so long but without a luck. He and Andy enjoy each other’s company and they always come up with good conversations. They share their stories, hopes and dreams. They have the support of each other. They are obedient prisoners and are not misbehaving. What can possibly go wrong for them? Well, yes, like in any other prisons, there are bad guys who make the world of the good guys a nightmare. I feel like helping Andy and Red, you know. I will make these bad guys’ nights real nightmares! Haha! Kidding aside, the ending of this film has touched my heart.