Tom Hanks is a death row prison guard in 1935 Louisiana and gentle giant Michael Clarke Duncan is a new inmate.

As he calmly waits to walk ‘the green mile’ to the electric chair, Duncan starts to exert a magical influence on those around him…

Based on the Stephen King story, the movie delivers plenty of suspense, while paying equal attention to fleshing out its characters.

Sadistic guard Doug Hutchison (in a film-stealing turn) and snarling inmate Sam Rockwell make their scenes crackle with malicious intent.

Hanks proves again that, when it comes to playing sensitive heroes, he has few equals. His performance and the touching turn from Duncan, plus an intriguing supernatural twist, electrifying tension and, not least, a pivotal pet mouse, make this enthralling.