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Starred Up [DVD]

Jack O'Connell , Rupert Friend , David Mackenzie    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jack O'Connell, Rupert Friend, Ben Mendelsohn
  • Directors: David Mackenzie
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Aug 2014
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 588 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


David Mackenzie’s ‘Starred Up’ stars Jack O’Connell as a troubled and explosively violent teenager transferred to adult prison where he finally meets his match – a man who also happens to be his father.

Eric (Jack O’Connell) is a violent young offender, prematurely thrown into the dark world of an adult prison. As he struggles to assert himself against the prison officers and the other inmates, he has to confront his own father, Nev (Ben Mendelsohn); a man who has spent most of his life in jail. As Eric forges allegiances with other prisoners, he learns that his rage can be overcome and discovers the new rules of survival. But there are forces at work which threaten to destroy him.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starred Up gets 5 9 Oct 2014
Films set in or around prison are a favourite of mine, and some of the best films and tv drama series ever made can be included in this category e.g. Shawshank Redemption, Oz, A Prophet, Escape From Alcatraz, Scum..
I found Starred Up to be in no less impressive. It's an intense, gritty and powerful film with some amazing performances.
The story revolves around Eric (Jack O'Connell) being transferred to an adult prison at the age of 19 - two years prematurely. It's clear from early on that this guy has some serious deep rooted problems that go beyond just trying to hold your own in a brutal world of predators and prey. Bristling with attitude and pent up rage, he respects no-one, and wastes no time getting under the skin of fellow prisoners and guards alike. Inevitably his outbursts soon draw the attention of the wings' more 'influential' figures, one of whom happens to be Eric's own father, Nev (Ben Mendelsohn), who despite having effectively abandoned Eric as a young child due to his own incarceration, remains a sufficiently dominating force to be able to exhert 'some' control and influence on his son where all others fail. Yet even this restraint slips after awhile, and it's left to the well meaning if slightly out of his depth prison social worker to attempt to connect with Eric and save him from himself.
Initially I found myself hating O'Connell's portrayal of Eric - he's basically a cocky, mouthy little sh*t with a bad attitude and a powder keg temper - but as the layers are peeled back, you start to understand the nature of the behaviour, and feel at least an affinity for the guy.
My favourite character was Nev. At his core he loves his son, but he cannot express it and they cannot connect.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The view from 23 July 2014
19 year old Eric (Jack O'Connell) is starred up, temporarily transferred from a Youth Offenders institution to the same adult Prison facilities as his estranged Father, here his explosive violent behavior with both the Prison authorities and fellow dangerous inmates gains him enemies, and pushes his frail relationship with his Father to boiling point

Tough, realistic,brutal and uncompromising, this is a Prison drama as it is, no bells and whistles, no hope for redemption, men who are confined for violent crime and very little sign of conforming to the world outside. Excellent performance from O'Connell as the ticking time bomb that is Eric and also Ben Mendelsohn as his Father, more wizened but equally psychotic.

Bleak, a film that offers no answers, but a fine piece of prison drama.
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2.0 out of 5 stars cliched and boring to be honest 19 Oct 2014
As with most films these days it is is too long. Why 1h 45m when a lot of that is Jack O'Connel looking mean and moody or doing a bit of exercise. Cut out the chaff - people have lives to lead!

The film is a bit worthy and heavy on the metaphor - revolving doors anyone? Not much happens and the usual prison cliches and ultra-violence are all in place which is lazy rather than adds to the film. Jack O'Connel is a promising enough actor I suppose but doesn't have to do much other than fight, swear and look a bit of a meat head which he does with aplomb.

The film makers will no doubt want to emphasise the realism of the film for all those boring interludes. But where is the realism (spoiler alert) in Neville being locked up in solitary, persuading the young guard to unlock him, hitting him, stealing his keys and then having free reign to roam the prison unencumbered by officers, governors etc.? Totally ridiculous and ill fitting with the rest of the film.

Overall, simplistic story, too long, over rated, cliched and boring to be honest.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WAREHOUSE HIM 30 July 2014
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Young Eric (Jack O'Connell) is transferred to an adult prison. He is not new to the prison scene and knows what to do to protect himself. There are elements within the prison that want to see Eric succeed and leave, while there are other elements that are not on his side. His estranged father Neville (Ben Mendelsohn) is also there. Neville is a harden criminal who wants to suddenly be a father and see his son succeed against the odds

About an hour into the film, the phrase "Starred Up" is explained. The film is a gritty jail film which includes the usual violence but goes easy on the back door stuff. It was interesting to watch Eric as he was always full of surprises.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. Male nudity (Jack O' Connell)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tired Genre 22 Oct 2014
Starred Up owes and borrows heavily from better films and television. Numerous Ideas are lifted from Bronson and Oz amongst others leaving little originality and no realism. Jack O' Connell does a good job though he's endanger of being typecast. Not uplifting like Shawshank or accurate like Steve McQueen's Hunger. I'm not sure there's much left to say with regards to prison-based films. There are many good ones unfortunately this isn't one of them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Distinctly Average 16 Oct 2014
By Ben
This movie was an ok rent, but never really amounting to much. Even though my first language IS English I found it hard to understand some of the cockney lingo used. Acting was average at best. There were too many talking scenes aimed at character and relationship development that made the film drag and never actually succeeded in developing anything much.
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was apprehensive about getting this film as I Wasn't too sure that I was going to like it! But my god, it's such a good film, really gives you an insight and perspective of crime... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars well really enjoyed this, bit brutal but what do you expect ...
well really enjoyed this,bit brutal but what do you expect from a prison movie,one of the better prison films i have seen more real than most,would recommend to fans of prison... Read more
Published 4 days ago by me and my missus
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!
Excellent, magnificent performance from the whole case. Everybody was great. wonderful, beautiful direction. The film was sharp and crisp. If I can give ten stars, I would.
Published 5 days ago by jhadee
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
One of the worst movies I have ever seen. The people who wrote this have no idea about anything to do with prison, or the way it's run. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Inkerman Heroes
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not the new scum, some decent part but too predictable
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