Filmmaking is one of the highest forms of art and the more we can relay that to the general populace the better we’re doing our job. So to kick off our weekly Movie Detail Monday series on the new site, we’re starting with an emotionally compelling scene from “The Shawshank Redemption,” one of just two films I’ve ever rated a perfect 10 out of 10.
In it, old man Brooks has been paroled after 50 years of incarceration. The outside world is scary and foreign to him. In the words of Red, he’s been “institutionalized.” As a result, Brooks has this to say:
“I have trouble sleeping at night. I have bad dreams, like I’m falling. I wake up scared. Sometimes it takes me a while to remember where I am. Maybe I should get me a gun and rob the Food-Way, so they’d send me home. I could shoot the manager while I was at it, sort of like a bonus. I guess I’m too old for that sort of nonsense anymore. I don’t like it here. I’m tired of being afraid all the time. I’ve decided not to stay. I doubt they’ll kick up any fuss. Not for an old crook like me.”
Then comes this shot, purposefully and heartbreakingly framed in such a way that it resembles bars on a prison cell … and Brooks smiles.