Movie #41 Dead Man Walking
(1995, US, d. Tim Robbins)
What happens when the face of the greatest prison movie of all time decides to direct a prison movie just a few years later? Well you don’t get The Shawshank Redemption, but you do still get something pretty good. Dead Man Walking was met with high acclaim, although to be quite honest, I couldn’t see where much of that came from. It was a movie about a man on death row coming to terms with the heinous crimes he committed. This is one of those movies that had nothing bad about it and nothing I can really point out and say “They definitely should not have done that”. But it also had nothing that really stuck out. We all know Sean Penn and Susan Sarando are pretty incredible actors, so if you take that out of the picture, you have just… a very decent film (By the way, Penn was nominated for Best Actor, Robbins for Director, and Sarandon walked away with an Oscar for Best Actress). However, I did enjoy the tiny references to classic films they managed to squeeze in. Ma Barker, anyone?