Keeping the human spirit alive! August 30, 2000
The horror of being locked away when you are innocent is a
haunting prospect. Andy (Tim Robbins) is accused of murder and
definitely seems out of place in prison. His calm, gentle spirit
seems to keep him from going insane. Once he meets Red (Morgan
Freeman) he finds a life-long friend.
The story is narrated by Morgan Freeman and gives the film a
nostalgic feel. His voice is truly calming and beautiful. Red
tells the story of how he meets Andy and how the friendship
survives the injustices of life. I have never thought of this
movie as "too long." I love this movie as it is really
one man's journey to freedom. Those who take the journey with
Andy will be rewarded at the end.
Hope was not enough for Andy. His determination to escape
makes him take his fate into his own hands. You will be amazed
at what someone will endure to keep hope alive and survive!
Andy's body is in prison, but his soul remains free. He finds
ways to enrich the lives of his fellow inmates by helping them
to collect books for a library. He is cunning, wise and knows he
is innocent. Therefore, we feel he is justified in what he
chooses to do. Get ready for an uplifting movie which takes hold
of your heart and sends a powerful message of hope and
determination. The human spirit is alive and overcomes all evil.
The art of living is always to make a good thing
out of a
bad thing. -E. F. Schumacher (1911-1977)