the shawshank redemption movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Teens, adults and the elderly will love this amazing prison story, in which they’ll receive great messages. This gritty prison tale is a classic known as the best film of all time.


An imprisoned man bonds and forms a strong friendship with another prisoner after he is sentenced to life in prison for murders he didn’t commit.

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Movie details

Director: Frank Darabont
Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, James Whitmore
Writer: Frank Darabont
Release Date (Australia): 16 February 1995
Runtime: 142 minutes/2h 22m
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film contains strong thematic content such as suicide scenes, prison rape and prison guards beating prisoners.

Violence (MA15+)

The film includes multiple scenes in which prisoners are beaten by prison guards, implied rape and a scene in which blood sprays are depicted as a prisoner is shot dead.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains use of the words “f**k”, “s**t”, “goddamn”, “d**k” and “hell”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains a mild verbal reference to drug dealing.

Nudity (PG)

There are brief depictions of male buttocks nudity.

Sex (M)

The film contains a scene in which a man and woman engage in sexual activity and verbal sexual references including use of the word “f**k” in a sexual context.

mpaa rating

R (for language and prison violence)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The Shawshank Redemption is the impressive outcome of simple but stunning writing and direction by Frank Darabont combining with the entertaining performances delivered by Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. Catching, compelling, captivating, and convincing aren’t strong enough, although they’re only a few of the leading terms to describe this Stephen King adaptation. Readers of the novel will likely appreciate this drama.

What the film’s story does best is it features startling twists, dramatic turns and never, ever shies away from shocking its audience with graphic prison beatings and other compelling jail details. Also, the originality of the entire prolonged story is the chief reason to why moviegoers and critics will never forget The Shawshank Redemption. However, those expecting pure Stephen King horror throughout will not get what they predict, as this feature is a drama similar to Stand By Me.

It’s also unusual to agree that this film is really uplifting for a Stephen King prison tale. There is a decent handful of phenomenally positive life messages throughout targeting teens and adults, especially at the satisfying ending. But some audiences will definitely feel dissatisfied which you’ll mainly understand once you’ve actually seen the film. Being one of the highest rated films of all time, why not watch it? This prison drama is worth a watch for everyone, despite their favourite genres.

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