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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The Shawshank Redemption

Let's review one of the recent movie I watched: "The Shawshank Redemption". The first time I heard this movie was through some discussions in a forum at IMDB. I was suprised to find the movie was listed in the number 2 of the "IMDB Top 250 Movies of All-Time" right after "The Godfather" (see: http://us.imdb.com/chart/top). So there must be something good about this movie.

Here's the plot of the movie: After the murder of his wife, hotshot banker Andy Dufresne is sent to Shawshank Prison, where the usual unpleasantness occurs. Over the years, he retains hope and eventually gains the respect of his fellow inmates, especially longtime convict "Red" Redding, a black marketeer, and becomes influential within the prison. Eventually, Andy achieves his ends on his own terms. Set in the 1940's, the film shows how Andy, with the help of his friend Red, the prison entrepreneur, turns out to be a most unconventional prisoner. - us.imdb.com

Watch the conversations between Andy Dufresne and Red about hope:
- Andy Dufresne: "Forget that... there are places in this world that aren't made out of stone, and that there's something inside that they can't get to, and that they can't touch. It's yours."
- Red: "What're you talking about?"
- Andy Dufresne: "Hope."
- Andy Dufresne: [in letter to Red] "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

And what Andy Dufresne classified peoples into two:
- Andy Dufresne: "Get busy living, or get busy dying."

If you think about it, then you'll find the spirit of living, that no matter worse the condition you faced, you can still find hope in it, and pursue it. That even a stone prison can't jail your hope. So get busy living!


Anonymous mac said...

get busy living, eh? hmm... you're right... :)

4:15 PM  
Blogger Chrno said...

hahaha... asli bagus mac filmnya! ntar kapan balik ke indonesia, nonton deh :).

8:36 PM  

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