This film, which can be rentedfrom your local video store, israted on a scale of 1 to 4 caducei:
The Shawshank Redemption
(2004):Our senior associateeditor, GraceHenry, told me,"Don't watch thismovie alone atnight, especiallywhen it's raining."Granted, she claimsto be easily spookedby "scary movies,"but there is definitely a thriller qualityabout this film. Based on StevenKing's novella, , this film tells the taleof a slothful writer, Mort Rainey(Johnny Depp), who is unexpectedlytormented by John Shooter (JohnTurturro), an eerie man who claimsthat Rainey has plagiarized his story.Depp, as always, gives a good performance,but it isn't enough to savethe lackluster script. The plot wasenough to get me hooked and keepme on the edge of my seat, but Ivery quickly slipped into boredomover the predictability of the storyline—although I must admit, I didnot expect the fate of some of theother characters in the movie.Overall, the movie is about thepower and the danger that existwithin a writer's imagination; onthe one hand, the writer can createart, on the other hand, they cansimply be consumed by it. It's not abad way to spend some time, butdon't expect a film at the level of, , or —three otherscreenplays adapted from the worksof Steven King.
Lisa A. Tomaszewski,managing editor
of Physician's Money Digest, is currently
working on her PhD in literature at
Drew University in New Jersey. She is
an avid fan of film and has taught a
summer film course at Fairleigh
Dickinson University. She welcomes
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