TODAY, Good Friday, Bishop Robert Barron explains the religious significance of the 1994 film, The Shawshank Redemption.
This was a sleeper hit based on a 1982 Stephen King novel. It tells the story of banker Andy Dufresne, played by Tim Robbins, who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence.
Bishop Barron explains the Christian story of this movie with Andy Dufresne as the Christ figure. Critical scenes show Andy challenging the unjust system within the jail until finally he escapes to his own earthly paradise. Ellis ‘Red’ Redding, played by Morgan Freeman, is the Peter of the Christian allegory.
The story of Easter lives on even in popular culture.