Thursday, January 02, 2020
Thursday Movie Picks: Escape
In the first week of 2020 for Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We venture into the subject of escape as it could be a prison break or something or maybe an escape into some kind of fantasy world. Here are my three picks:
1. A Man Escaped
From Robert Bresson is a film based on Andre Devigny’s memoir about his own prison escape during World War II as it revolves around a member of the French Resistance who is captured by the Germans during Nazi-occupied France in World War II. It plays into a man’s experience in prison while its third act that is about the prison escape is an intensely gripping moment. Notably in the attention to detail as well as play into what could go wrong as it is one of Bresson’s finest films.
2. Midnight Express
Alan Parker’s 1978 prison drama is another fact-based story about an American tourist who gets caught trying to smuggle hashish in Turkey as he is sent to prison for five years where just as his sentence is about to end. Everything goes to shit when a prosecutor decides to expand the sentence to thirty years as it explore the sense of injustice and loss this young man would endure. The prison escapes would occur during its second act as it play into some of the terror that happens with its third act being more about a mental prison as it showcases what a man is willing to do to escape a world that is extremely unforgiving.
3. The Count of Monte Cristo
Kevin Reynolds’ 2002 adaptation may not be entirely faithful to the Alexandre Dumas novel but it is still a film that continues to get more overlooked in the coming years not just to its visuals but also its suspense and character study. Notably in the betrayal and injustice that an ordinary sailor in Edmond Dantes endures as he is accused of murder and later sent to prison where he endures abuse and neglect. While he would meet a fellow prisoner in a priest who is played with such gravitas by Richard Harris, Dantes would learn many things while eventually finding a way to escape his prison and get revenge on those who betrayed him as it is just an incredible film.
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