I was looking at my old drafts (a dangerous place to explore...) and I found this old review.
I wrote it before I posted anything on this blog, and somehow, once I did start posting, I never got around to making this one public. It's an ok review, so I thought you might like to take a look into my 17-year-old self once again (ahh, the good ol' days) (Ha. I say "the good ol' days" like I'm 83 instead of 20).
So yeah. I also am pretty sure this movie is not as morbid or 'grown up' as I'm making it sound here, but *shrug* you know how it is when you're only 17 small years old. (No offense to any 17-year-olds reading my blog right now... I love you too).
So. Pardon my previously naïve self. I was trying to sound really professional, and movie critic-ish... and yeah.
"Welcome to Alcatraz."
That's what the guards say after locking up a new prisoner.
I watched this 1979 movie last night because some of my friends went on a tour of the notorious prison, and they mentioned that the movie was good. Also, because I happen to like watching prison escape movies.
I found it a very intriguing film.
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"If you disobey the rules of society, they send you to prison; if you disobey the rules of the prison, they send you to us. Alcatraz is not like any other prison in the United States."
In other words, Alcatraz (while it was open, from 1934 to 1963) was a place to keep the 'bad eggs' all together in one prison. It was, essentially, escape proof.
That is until a rough and stoic criminal, Frank Morris, (played stupendously by Clint Eastwood) came, noticed that the concrete in his cell was wearing down, and decided to bust out.
The movie follows Morris from the time he comes to the prison until he attempts escape with three other prisoners.
If you decide to watch it, these are the things you need to look out for:
Some language: These are prisoners, after all, and there's pretty much no reason to talk clean. Their bad language is definitely not overwhelming, but some of their rough talk includes words like: sh**, a**, d**n, and unfortunately, the name of the Lord God is misused several times. Some black prisoners are referred to as 'ni**ers'
Some nudity: We see the nude backs and behinds of men taking showers, and we see the unclothed back and chest of Morris as he is marched to his cell at the beginning of the movie.
Blood: There is not much to speak of here, fortunately, except for one scene, where a prisoner uses a hatchet on his hand after his painting privileges are taken away. We see a brief view of his blood.
Some of the prisoners fist fight with each other in a few scenes, including once in the shower.
I wasn't really sure what to expect with this movie, at first. But, I found that it delivered. I was never at a lack for suspense. I saw the prisoners work on their little escape plan, and slip little things past the guards to dig with in the cells. There was some great acting talent displayed too. In spite of Morris' notorious reputation (he's a criminal!), he manages to make friends in the prison, and we see that even Alcatraz prisoners know how to work together for a goal. There are also a couple of funny moments with these prisoners. Clint Eastwood, though I have never seen him in a movie before, did a great job in the movie being angry, brilliant, criminal-minded, and (I have to say), handsome. :)
If you're looking for an interesting movie to watch, that is maybe a little out of your comfort zone, 'Escape From Alcatraz' won't disappoint you. I don't think it's the best kind of 'family movie' to watch with little kids, but if you're just a couple of teenagers and some grown ups, I would say, "definitely watch it!"
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Oh look, my old 'Phoebe' button. Boy, times have changed.
I hope you enjoyed that, because I didn't change anything. This is exactly the way it has been all those three years sitting all alone in the darkest corner of my blog drafts...
Maybe I should watch the movie again to see if my opinions have changed. We'll see.
Thanks for going down memory lane with me!