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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Well loved classic
If you are open-minded, patient (possibly emotional or even compassionate) you will be happy by the time you finish this movie. If you like films like 'Schindler's List' or 'One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest', then you will love this films progression and style.
It has some of the very best acting you will see, the plot is superb (wont go into it here) and all sub-plots play out well with the overall movie tying up rather nicely. You'll most definitely be rooting for our guys:- Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) & Ellis 'Red' Redding (Morgan Freeman), two of the finest performances you'll see. Due respect also goes to the support, Bob Gunton, William Sadler & Clancy Brown with a great early role from Gil Bellows (Ally McBeal).
Outstanding directing, impeccable timing and excellent photography and the music was very chilling and uplifting, whichever was required. One small let down IMHO was the running time of 2h 22m which becomes noticeable during its final moments but the film itself is generally tight, the cast & crew did a great job here.
Cube 2: Hypercube (2002)
OK, to those that are going to watch this film, its a great film so don't be put off by comments about it sucking, it just takes a little imagination, some patience and an admiration of science fiction to appreciate, except for the ending which you probably wont appreciate(see later)
the characters are pretty good, even tho some might argue that there was no development, there was more than enough for the film. hell, the original didn't contain development for many of the actors except the leads, which it more less does here. again the lead is female.
the music and sounds are good, the direction is moderate, the computer effects were better, as you'd expect from a larger budget (although looking at this film, and comparing it with other user comments, it seems people think this budget was astronomical (pun intended, see CUBE for reference) but it is really just 'more' money, not 'loads-a-money'. expect nothing in the way of massive summer blockbusters and you wont be disappointed.
this time around the cube is much more sophisticated, it may baffle you at times but stay with it and you might be rewarded with a thought provoking and entertaining film. what if?
SPOILERS: the rooms no longer have 3 dimensions to stick to, a new, theoretical 4th dimension is added, the dimension of TIME. what if each room could exist at 2 locations at the same time? if this room had decided to go up in once dimension, but down and left in another, it would appear somewhere else AND where/whenever the infinite amount of choices in time that we 'could' have made are played out.
the rooms in the film have 'physics' and 'theory' stamped all over them, rooms can have different rates of time, slow or fast, compared to someone in another room. they might have different gravity forces, a room you look into might look fine, but upon entering might pull you to the right/left/whatever its 'floor' is. Someone who would die in one dimension, might be still alive in a different one and they meet in weird scenarios, as one of the main characters appears (and is killed) twice by another character and even a majority of the characters are found dead by one of the leads (who herself is one of the dead).
i think the ending was a big disappointment, unfortunately, the writer/directer(whoever) had come to a decision to 'explain' away the nature and essence of the cube, to give it an 'owner' if you will. in this case it is the government, and we are abruptly slapped in the face with this explanation as the lead character is killed off by forces higher than herself, the 'men in black', in a very cold X-Files style conspiracy theory set-up.
If they had at least put such high levels of saturation that the government forces were blurred/hard to see and the sound was muffled even muted, to the point where you could still 'imagine' whatever you wanted it wouldn't annoy you so much and the fact they killed off the girl that survived it all, and as it turned out, even worked for them, was a big no-no. I think it could have been a fantastic film, but was let down by the last 10 minutes of cliché'd torture.
the intro sequence and the way the characters all give important clues to their involvement at key moments, keeping whatever they hide till its too late or not important, might also irritate you.