Starred Up 2014

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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

Starring:
Jack O'Connell, Rupert Friend
Runtime:
1 hour 45 minutes

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Starred Up

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director David MacKenzie
Starring Jack O'Connell, Rupert Friend
Supporting actors Ben Mendelsohn, Peter Ferdinando, Sam Spruell, Sian Breckin
Studio 20th Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3 of 3 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, 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Clarke on 10 Dec 2014
Format: DVD
***STARRED UP***
This Film4, British release dives into the familiar waters of prison dramas, with Hollyoaks mongrel Jack O'Connell at the helm as Eric, a violent, aggressive, illogical, monster whose soul purpose in the film seems to be 'cause as much trouble, act like a **** whilst doing so'. Starred Up referring to his 2 years premature stint in an adult prison, as opposed to a young offenders institution. We get to see a bit too much of Eric, making himself cosy in his bright, **** yellow cell. The product of a broken home, abused as a child left and right, you slowly understand how things work and why. "This aint no young offenders... they'll make it look like suicide." are the first of many, man to man, father to son conversations. When Eric makes links with 'serious geezers', his father, Neville declares his disappointment, that his son is 'fraternising' with the black prisoners, then things get a bit xy chromo all very very quickly which in a similar turn of events, doesn't please his son too much *shudders* especially when the queerness of said father is revealed with a 'What? it's prison, aint it."

"No more sit-ins.. I want a nice quiet ****" a famous line from the jailhouse snitch, 'Dennis' who dishes out the orders and barks at anyone in his way. He is promptly on the receiving end of a quick hit and run from Eric, causing a whole lot more trouble then it's worth - all to get him outta the way, so he can pummel the living crap out of his dad. "Still gunna be gettin balls deep before me son.. so.. full report please." the rare comical line from Eric as he calms down with a bit of group anger therapy, it usually ends with this kind of thing though: *stands up* "whatchu sayin bruv? WHAT BLUD WHAT?".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ainemm1974 on 26 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
Jack O'Connell is absolutely amazing as Eric Love. His style of acting, his believability and rawness remind me of Tom Hardy in the early days. Just brilliant!
As for the movie, very well thought about - certainly NOT tired despite the genre being overdone. This is believe is one of the best British movies in years and will hopefully put Jack O'Connell on the big leagues map.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rob Williams on 23 July 2014
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SophieT on 22 Oct 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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 and prison!🙏
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'd read about this on the internet a while back and finally got around to buying it, i cannot say it was worth the wait though.

I like watching the real life prison documentaries on TV and thought this would be like that, whilst it was very true to life and had some very excellent acting especially from Jack O'Connell i found it didn't really have much of a story to it.

In conclusion it didn't live up to what i thought it would be like, i have since purchased another prison type film that i also had been wanting to see for a while (Offender) so i guess i shall see if that is any better than this.
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