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The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review, Something Inside, They Can’t Touch It

You may not know…..“The Shawshank Redemption” hasn’t bright box office, budget $25 million, box office just only $28 million, surprised? Next in 1994 Oscar that nominated 7 awards, and didn’t win any awards.

But it still one of the greatest movie of all time, objective review didn’t knock out it outstanding performance, same as the content of movie! Even competition with “The Godfather” for the number 1 spot in IMDb ranking.

I believe most of the people already watch this before, but just in case I still will describe this movie. Story was about Andy Dufresne imprisonment in Shawshank jail because miscarriage of justice, even though the jail life was tough, but he still uses his wisdom create the “value” of himself, becomes Red’s best friend.

Unlike normal jailbreak movie, “The Shawshank Redemption” doesn’t have exaggeration action drama, or too much battle of wits scenes, instead, It looks like the books you can read before you sleep, I think you should know what I mean.

I think “The Shawshank Redemption” and Forrest Gump” which I review before, both of are use a story to describe the “Value” of life, Let’s see my rating to this classic movie.

Create Own Value?

For my opinion, the beginning of the movie shows Andy’s helpless and lost of “meaning”, he is a banker original, but all of a sudden, he becomes a criminal, the impact of inside so strong that makes him lost perception, imagine you going to jail right now all of a sudden, I mean, right here right now at this time!

Until an accidental opportunity he heard about chief was talking, and the content has connection with his profession, as predicted, he just found his “Own Value” suddenly, regardless of dissuade from friends, he starts provide assistance.

Guess what? He plays perfectly, makes prisoner and prison guard keep in mind of him, like: ” Hey! Looks like this place has a nice people!”, at the moment, he found his “value” of inside, on the other hand, he has “value” on other people’s mind.

Is this important? Yes, this formula will follow you whole life. Can you imagine living your life with no goals? Or is it the same in other people’s eyes? Trust me, It is not the life you want. Andy’s action not just help his inside of heart find a way out, actually it really was.

Equality and Power

I guess boss has a “bright surface” is the thing impossible to avoid, The warden Norton is the standard product of power system. Just because standing the highest place so no need to be afraid, and just because standing the highest place so everybody will toady to you hardly, that is the most flooding problem of political:


In fact, that’s not the big deal if you compared to murder, kidnapping, captivity. I recommend everyone to watch a Korea movie called “Silenced”, It tells the story just the thing I think more scary than corruption, power and the dark story behind bright surface.

We promote equality for all, but actually this thing could never come true, as long as a man who has bigger power, he can control the freedom of a person in the back, or even a whole country!

The word of “Power”…….is more heavy that we thought!

“equality” is harder than we thought.

Get Busy Living Or Get Busy Dying

Andy talk to Red after all kinds of things:“I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really, get busy living or get busy dying.”, He seems to figure out the reason of life, this passage not just talk to Red but also remind all of you front of the screen.

Maybe you have a little confused: “both of these are gonna death in the end? So what is the difference?”, If you think about that I will please you read what I’m got to say, and if you already know what I’m go expression, then please let me know what is your thought about this.

The difference between both of them are very huge, the former like living his life with his dream, the latter is like the office worker who has carrying countless debts. If you still don’t understand, then I tell you very clear! That means the understanding about “life” for you.

In fact, even you life experience are the same, but “comprehension” will make you who you really are. Some people will unsettle on pursuit of dreams, some office worker who has carrying debts is because they family or lover, mind by yourself will give you huge force or frustration of your life.

Pursue or give up? You have discretion.

Hope Is a Good thing

“Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”, this is the most tug at the heartstrings words from the letter Andy’s wrote for Red, and maybe the words has most cost.

I believe many of the people have deep impression for Brooks, this old one just wanna crime again before he released from prison, just want to stay in the prison, you think this is funny? I don’t think so, instead, it is the most deep thinking scene of entire movie.

In the end, choose of Brooks really surprised me, his decision make me feel sorry but I can understand. It actually just the same thing about “value”.

We can comprehensive “Hope” and “Value” to one sentence, that is the meaning of life.

What does Brooks chose to end his life? His long-term accumulation “value” in the prison giving he the “meaning” for living, and that’s what his “hope” for. Get rid of the shackles by prison, he didn’t soar like a bird, instead, he got devouring by fear and falling to the ground finally.

So why we always said hope is a good thing? In fact, this question run through entire movie.

The movie titleRedemption” was about redeem a heart that desires freedom, was about redeem the meaning of life, was about redeem hope, so you ask me why hope is a good thing?

Stephen King — Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free’.


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  • Abdirashid

    Fabulous review about this great movie! You really portrayed all the possible themes by picking illustrations from main characters!

    I didn’t watch it but I will look for it and watch it! Surely

    • SkyPath

      Thank you! I always have a lot of thought after watch great movie! This movie not just a movie, it inspire so many thing that we can thinking!

  • Tom


    Amazing review. I love this film.

    You really have gone deep into the minds of the characters and what they’re thinking at each point, something that isn’t visible during the film. Well done.

    The film can teach us a thing or two on how to treat people.

    Thanks for sharing and all the best,


    • SkyPath

      Thank you so much! This movie give me a lot of thought, every character has they own “meaning” of life, I hope you can watch this by yourself! It will be great! Thanks again!

  • Barbara

    This is such an amazing film! And what a great review. You were really able to pass the emotion and lessons this movie shows us, good job 🙂

    Have a wonderful week!

  • Carmeta

    What an amazing review. Each of those movies can really teach you a lesson about life in general. I think I might have watched a snippet of one of those movies which were quite interesting. Great post! Thank you for sharing!

    • SkyPath

      Thank you! Yes,I’m not gonna lie, a really great movie will touch you heart and will change your life, that’s truth, Hope you enjoyed my review!

  • Dan Strong

    Great review! This is one of my all time favorite movies. I think that you really touched on the strong points of the movie. This movie never gets old and I will watch it every time I find it on. The most memorable quote from the movie that always sticks with me is “get busy living or get busy dying”. Can’t wait to see more of you reviews in the future!

    • SkyPath

      Thank you! I will put this on one of my favorite movies as well! I agree with what you said, “get busy living or get busy dying” this line makes me think, it was a very good way to make people think!

  • Jason

    One of the best books I’ve ever read and the movie did not disappoint at all! You have an excellent review of this movie and for someone reading this review will definitely want to watch this. The movie is timeless and has a great cast of characters, not just Andy and Red but from Brooks to the Warden all played great roles. As Andy would say “Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying” if you want to feel emotion this is the movie for it. Great Review!

    • SkyPath

      Thank you very much! Every character has their meaning exist in the movie, Andy talks so many great lines in this movie I can’t show all of these, so if you have any time, hope you can watch this movie again!

  • Kirsti Eskola

    This is a very in-depth review and made me want to see this movie! It has been on TV many times, but I´ve always missed it for some reason. I got to watch it.

    It is absolutely true that fear can make you a prisoner of your own mind. For many people, their mind is the prison even though they have never been to jail. Finding hope, something to live for, is so important.

    • SkyPath

      Thank you so much! You can say that again! I like your opinion, that is what I want to show to all of you who read my review, Live for yourself, don’t captivity yourself!

  • Stella

    Hi SkyPath

    The depth of your review is so good it brings out the essence of the characters and movie without giving away too much. I would have wanted you not to mention and give away one of the punch lines, the end of Brooks.

    Keep the mystery for those who have not seen the movie, and do not reveal any major events and spoil it for some other people, I am one sitting in the bush with no TV.
    You did a very good job and I have bookmarked you site for more.

    Thank you very much
    Bush Lady

    • SkyPath

      Thank you so much! Yes, I always want my review without any spoiler, so then people can watch by themselves, but the part of Brooks end, I think I need to mention, so I can describe the thing I want to say, that is the “value” of Brooks, hope you can watch this movie by yourself!

  • Paul

    Learned a lot about the movie from reading this post! I like the quote about how Hope is good and nothing good ever dies. It is important to never lose hope and faith!

  • Suzanne

    Thank you for this wonderful review. I haven’t seen this movie, but now I want to!

    There are many lessons to be learned here, and you went over them in great detail. I believe anyone who watches this movie can leave with a renewed sense of “hope”.


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