This movie features a great story by Stephen King. It has a great cast with Tom Hanks, David Morse, Gary Sinise, James Cromwell and the late Michael Jeter as well as the late Michael Clarke Duncan.
Tom Hanks character is the head of a prison’s death row and when Duncan’s character comes in there is a supernatural element to the story of healing and of atonement. The sadness is that despite the good things he does he still has to pay his debt to society.
Stephen King does a great job of bringing out the scary parts of human nature. As my wife said you don’t need to look for monsters under your bed when you can see monsters in other people.
It has me rethinking my position on capital punishment. Can people be punished for heinous crimes by a life in prison vs. being put to death by electrocution, lethal injection or other forms. Every person who does really bad things in theatres, schools, shopping malls and the like has serious problems. Perhaps we can prevent these situations from happening by showing them the right way before things happen.