TSR Movie Madness: Quarter Final: Shawshank Redemption v The MatrixWatch
We've found the best film in each of the eight genres and the group winners and runner ups progressed to the last 16 where they fight for the overall win. We're now up to the final 8 films and the quarter finals have begun.
Who will progress to the next round? You decide.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Perhaps the most famous cinematic disappointment ever, The Shawshank Redemption made up for it's poor box office with a second wind on home release based almost solely on word of mouth, catapulting it to the top of many people's film lists. Spanning decades, the film looks at life in prison and a blossoming friendship between the prison's fixer and a man convinced of his own innocence.
The Matrix (1999)
Coming at the turn of the 21st century when everyone was concerned with the age of technology, Matrix's subject matter of a human race enslaved by machines and put into a dream world representing our own seemed oddly topical. Combining the Wachowski brothers' penchant for tightly choreographed acrobatic fights and a strong narrative, this dystopian high-tech action thriller grips you from start to finish.
Confused as i thought you meant the Student Room then.
No idea how Shawshank is losing tbh. I thought it would walk it easily. I even voted for it over the Matrix even though i'm a big Matrix fan.
and exactly, its sooooooooooo awesome...idk maybe not everybody has seen it, which is weird enough as it is
I watched The Matrix last week. I enjoyed it, but Shawshank has so much more emotion attached to it. The performances are brilliant, the themes are brilliant. It's a classic movie you can watch again and again. I remember watching it as a kid (before IMDB or the internet existed) and it was a huge hit in our house. Then you learn online that lots of other people loved it too - somehow in some quarters that made it a worse movie? I don't understand that logic. Your opinions should be independent, not due to spite of the mainstream.
Matrix - iconic and groundbreaking. The movie of the 90's. Got my vote.
Why do you reckon Matrix?
I like vote but gave shawshank the nod for this time. It may be the expectation that it's a "great film" in my head clouding my judgement...
Add to that it isn't really about anything. Not like my other examples Braveheart is about one man's fight for freedom, or Forrest Gump is about the insanity of war and peace and life and death in the second half of the twentieth century, a theme many Vietnam films are about. Matrix is about the way the world is become way more technological and life's parameters are constantly changing. It's about the way the world isn't standing still. But add to that it's a fun action blockbuster film, which automatically makes lots of people look down their noses at it.
EDIT: I'm not going to say a film needs to be about something to be good, that would be insane, but the way SR is talked about it's so good because it is about a topic, and it really isn't.
As much as I love The Matrix and sci fi in general, there was something about The Shawshank Redemption that hit me quite hard. I do see why some people say it is overrated or find it dull and drags on. To me it is overrated but still a great movie. I prefer The Green Mile to The Shawshank Redemption and I was shocked that film didn't make it higher on the list but at least it got a mention when the list first got started, so that's something
They still got a slim one vote lead.
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