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Dull, Preachy, and Pedestrian,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Shawshank Redemption [DVD]  (DVD)
A barely adequate movie which semaphores its mawkish tale of moral redemption at every corner -just before it rams it down your throat.
If you like Disney movies this is for you.
If you balk at movies which make formulaic plays at your emotions then this is definitely a film to avoid.
If you prefer complex stories with development of ideas in a dramatic setting avoid Shawshank like the plague.
The acting is all that really holds this rather overstretched story together. It is essentially a short story spread way too thin. Taken from a Stephen King novella it barely makes it off the page. It is a movie both unoriginal in ideas and execution, and populated by stock characters.
Both Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman have starred in some excellent movies - this is not one of them.
If you are looking for a more interesting and complex story starring either actor try Seven, The Player, or Bob Roberts, any one of which is much more deserving of the five-star rating that this film seems to attract from most people.
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Initial post: 4 Aug 2009 19:55:50 BDT
Mr. J. P. Burns says:
don't be so obtuse lol!
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Oct 2009 20:04:17 BDT
Lou Knee says:
The review is a little harsh maybe but yes, I can relate to the main points - this film has severe faults and the worst are sentimentality and contrivance. Most other movies wouldn't get away with such blatant abuses of both, so why does this film?
Posted on 6 Jan 2010 10:29:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jan 2010 10:30:09 GMT
A. kennedy says:
he's dead right! this films a bore. get midnight express, way better
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2010 20:36:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Dec 2010 21:09:49 GMT
@ the poster above me:
Also a good film - although perhaps too violent for alot of people - and completely untrue as the main character did not engage in homosexual activity, no rape and there was no cutting the guard's tongue out - you do know it was based a true story dont you?
@ original poster:
'Both Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman have starred in some excellent movies - this is not one of them.'
Disagree! Morgan Freeman was excellent in this - what is wrong with an emotional movie??
Posted on 25 Oct 2011 21:25:25 BDT
Some people just like to think they are more intelligent by rubbishing films that are popular with the majority...........but your NOT !
Posted on 24 Nov 2011 14:20:55 GMT
The Truth says:
Everyone is entitled to their opinion but yours is defiantly wrong! Just look at any reputable review of the film and you will see the error of your ways.
Posted on 24 Nov 2011 17:29:16 GMT
yes, I do like Disney films
Posted on 3 Jan 2012 03:22:36 GMT
David Mcmahon says:
Bob Roberts hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah
but seriously... to each his own.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2012 16:13:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Feb 2012 16:14:33 GMT
France fan says:
Spell "was" right, you're quoting the film wrong.