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Sunday, July 01, 2007

GREENLIGHT #151: Evan Almighty (with "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Rapture")

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Ann and Les offer a prayer that they will never have to see another movie like Evan Almighty (2007.) While both are big fans of Steve Carell even he, they say, can’t save the lame story here. And why Morgan Freeman would agree to do such a film, even if he did get to play God, is truly a mystery. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends The Shawshank Redemption (1952.) This is one of his favorite movies of all time and it happens to star Mr. Freeman as an almost God-like character who shows Andy Dufresne, played by Tim Robbins, around the prison after he is convicted for murdering his wife which he did not do. Watch for the amazing though thankless performance of the warden played by Bob Gunton. He’s chillingly good as a heartless man. This is not a horror film but it does grab you by the throat many times so it’s not surprising that it’s based on a short story by Stephen King . Ann sticks with the spiritual awakening theme supposedly addressed in “Evan Almighty” but she goes the serious route. In her film, Mimi Rogers plays a young woman who is destroying herself and her swinging partner played by David Duchovny in risqué and risky activities until she is miraculously cleansed and joins a cult. It’s a restrained and respectful look at this kind of conversion in The Rapture (1991.)

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