Escape From Alcatraz

I did have the chance at last to check on the film, ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ (1979). It was always tagged as one of the good films of the impeccable CLINT EASTWOOD. And I did have a very small knowledge of the Alcatraz prison or ‘ROCK’ before watching this film.

Well, as a matter of fact, I was not very much impressed by the film. It was definitely a good film, with a nice cast and a tight script, but I had a feeling of watching a re-hash of ‘THE SHAWSHAK REDEMPTION’ while watching this film (It should have been the other way around, but I ended up watching the SHAWSHANK before ALCATRAZ !).

To start with, I do agree with my buddy Suppi who says ‘All prison movies look similar’. Have to, it is not expected that prisons (in US or elsewhere) differ to a great extent from one to the other. But the librarian in both the films being a black, both the films having characters that tend to assault the newcomer physically, the warden being a person with a stone heart……..all these gave me feel of watching a SHAWSHANK again.

But the film is a good one. Clint Eastwood, true to his reputation gives a splendid performance right from the place where he confronts the WOLF with a cool attitude (BLONDIE !!??) to the scene where he shows his controlled temper during the sudden death of character who is supposedly Al Capone…he is just brilliant !

The actual escape, right from its planning stage is described well and depicted in a time frame that appears close to the real. It is also not over-dramatized, except for a scene where in the prison guard has a doubt on the sleeping figure in Frank’s (Eastwood) cell and goes near to discover Eastwood in the bed and not a dummy as he suspected. The last scene, where in the warden finds a flower left behind by the escaping men, is a nice touch.

I did feel the lighting could have been better at some parts of the movie, where darkness overshadowed the physical movements of the screen characters.

But on the whole a good movie. A must watch for Eastwood fans.

~ by Jayanthan Ravi on March 21, 2007.

One Response to “Escape From Alcatraz”

  1. Enough of movies please!!!!

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