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Starred Up [DVD]

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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 (205 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IYSETWA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,472 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 12 April 2015
Format: DVD
This is a gritty British drama about prison life, a film very much in the mould of movies like Scum (Ray Winstone) and Bronson (Tom Hardy) - Scum (2 Disc Special Collector's Edition) [1977] [DVD], Bronson [Blu-ray] [2009].
Eric Love is a serial young offender, a sullen teenager who finds himself in a men's prison for the first time, two years prematurely. He's a chippy, irascible and ultra-violent fellow, who likes eyeballing and intimidating people. He could do with reading Dale Carnegie's How To Win Friends And Influence People. A quirk of fate means that Eric lands up in the same prison as his estranged father, Neville Love, a downbeat bloke who's a very long-term internee and "runs" one of the prison wings. Like his son, Neville is only too happy to let his fists do the talking when necessary.
After a violent altercation with a fellow con, Eric starts counselling treatment for his anger management issues. Oliver is the counsellor and he believes that he can influence the lad's attitude towards life. What follows then is a father and son tale of life behind bars, as the counsellor tries to figure out why Eric exhibits such challenging behaviour.
This dour prison flick has the same sort of vibe as Scum, and though it's certainly an intense and well made movie, it left me a bit cold, in the way that great prison dramas don't, for instance, Chopper, McVicar (Roger Daltrey), Papillon (Steve McQueen), Midnight Express (John Hurt) and The Shawshank Redemption (Morgan Freeman) -
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By Persona Synthetic TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 July 2015
Format: DVD
Not all that to be honest. A bit like a fly on the wall prison drama but without the realism. Even the synopsis makes it sound better than it was but basically a young guy gets 'starred up' to an adult prison and has difficulties settling in. Anger management issues are soon apparent and little else is added to the mix asides from explosions of rage, swearing and scrapping.
The prison guards are woefully presented in this; feeble; stupid; incompetent. In an actual violent situation when the riot trained staff wearing full body protection go into a cell they don't hold back but in this all you need are a couple of table legs and an oily torso and you can take on as many as they care to throw at you. The characters were very samey and devoid of appeal and the story flat and equally devoid of ideas. It was ok but I'd never watch it again.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Fred Flintstone on 9 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
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, still manages to retain 'some' control and influence over 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Verbal Kint on 9 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
To be clear Jack O'Connell is a star. His performance here is of intensity and guile of an actor at the top of his game. The prison drama played out is brutal and ferocious and he inhabits the skin of his character akin to De Niro's Bickle or Day Lewis' Plainview. The fact that his character is younger than the aforementioned should not be held detrimental to the performance.
Prison dramas are often compelling, note Shawshank as an example, but none recently have the clout that this flick has. Tom Hardy as Bronson was convincing and that film enabled him to attempt greater opportunities but as a film Bronson did not engage like Starred Up. Tom Hardy's rise to fame was as inevitable as Jack O'Connell's will be. And Tom Hardy sets the standard for British acting.
It also reminds me of 'Chopper', Eric Bana's catapult to stardom without the humour. The way the film finishes particularly. When it finishes you know you have watched an experience, not just a movie.
Ben Mendelsohn also deserves a mention for the role he plays as the father, deep with bravado and yet ultimately vulnerable.
The film is engrossing, tense and unpredictable. Well worth the price of admission.
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