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Starred Up 2014

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, Gilly Gilchrist
Runtime:
1 hour, 45 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director David Mackenzie
Starring Jack O'Connell, Gilly Gilchrist
Supporting actors Frederick Schmidt, Edna Caskey, Darren Hart, Raphael Sowole, Duncan Airlie James, Anthony Welsh, David Ajala, Jerome Bailey, Basil Abdul-Latif, Ben Mendelsohn, Matt Faris, Aisha Walters, Sam Spruell, David Avery, Tommy McDonnell, James Doran, Ian Beattie, C.C. Smiff
Studio 20th Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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Step forward the first great British film of 2014. An immersive and brutal prison survival story that showcases a stand out performance from Jack O' Connell. The lead is also supported by great performances from Ben Mendelsohn and Rupert Friend.
It's true the prison survival story has been done many times before but in my opinion, never in such an honest, riveting and unforgettable way. This is a film that will stay with you long after the credits draw to a close.
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I used to work in a prison so I was very interested in this film. It is actually a fair reflection of what used to happen in jails. Not so much now. Obviously the boundaries of truth are stretched a bit to make it interesting.
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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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Starred up is a hard hitting British prison drama I haven't seen scum so I can't compare between the two movies but Jack O' Connell delivers a excellent performance as Eric a troubled youth getting moved to adult prison life isn't all that easy for Eric and has to be taught how to survive the brutal side of adult prison life of course the movie is not for everyone with it's strong language and violence but if you don't mind that and want to watch a good British prison movie starred up is definitely for you
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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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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 April 2016
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David Mackenzie’s brutally realistic depiction of the dehumanising environment existing in modern-day prisons and the valiant attempts at rehabilitation makes for an absorbing (and eventually rather moving) watch, as well as perhaps providing something of a case study for Justice Minister Michael Gove (the storyline having been based on the real-life experience of ‘prison therapist’ Jonathan Asser, who also wrote the screenplay for Mackenzie’s film)! Mackenzie is certainly uncompromising in his depiction of the claustrophobic, anarchic, corrupt and (endlessly) violent prison regime into which Jack O’Connell’s 'starred up’ (i.e. 'promoted’ from 'borstal’ to adult prison) prisoner, Eric Love, finds himself ensconced, with all the associated macho kudos as a 'marked man’.

O’Connell is a rising star of British cinema (equally compelling in the Northern Irish troubles drama, ’71) and here, again, he is the class act on show, mixing bouts of violent volatility, cocky humour and (eventually) 'reluctant’ humanity, very impressively. Almost as impressive is Ben Mendelsohn, subtly introduced to us as Eric’s (past) neglectful father and now fellow inmate, Neville. Mendelsohn, who was superb in the Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom, is again impressive (if a little less restrained) here, even if he struggles more than Derby-born O’Connell to (convincingly) master the 'cockney geezer’ accent. The theme of rehabilitation is central to Mackenzie’s film, which nicely plays up the class differences between Eric and Rupert Friend’s ('Oxfordshire’) prison therapist and do-gooder, Oliver Baumer, and the group therapy sessions provide some of the film’s most engaging (and less predictable) moments.
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