The Shawshank Redemption Film Critique
The Shawshank Redemption is a brilliant story set in the brutal life of Shawshank Penitentiary. The movie has a very well structured plot; there is a clear beginning, middle, and end—Act I, Act II, and Act III – which all come together as a whole to make a great film. In the movie, a young banker, Andy, is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and is sentenced to Shawshank Penitentiary. In prison, Andy meets and forms a strong bond with another convicted killer, Red; the narrator of the story. Red plays an important role in the prison; he can deliver contraband of almost any type into the prison. This makes him a vital man within the prison's social structure and it is also the reason that he first becomes acquainted with Andy. The two, overtime, become the best of friends. Andy eventually becomes an ally and trustee of the “Christian” warden because of his impeccable banking and finance skills. After a failed attempt for retrial and a betrayal from the warden, Andy finally escapes the harsh life of Shawshank and finds himself a free man again. There are many highpoints to the film that makes this movie so amazing. The structure is set ironically in three parts or acts that make the plot; the exposition and rising action, the climax, and the falling action and resolution. The exposition and rising action is the set-up of the entire film and is also the longest part of the movie; this is Act I and Act II. There are many important points in this section that leads to the climax and resolution. In Act I and the exposition, viewers are introduced to the main characters and the setting of the story. Viewers are introduced to Andy, see he is convicted, see he enters Shawshank, and are now introduced to other convicts in the prison. In the exposition, Andy meets Red—the narrator. As a free man, Andy had been a rock hound, so he asks Red to get him a rock hammer, Red being confused, Andy explains the rock hammer as a tool...
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