MTV Review: Starred Up
We check out Jack O'Connell's brutal yet brilliant prison movie right here...
UK Release Date: March 21, 2014
Running Time: 106minutes
Cast: Jack O'Connell, Rupert Friend, Ben Mendelsohn
Director: David Mackenzie
Plot: Eric (O'Connell) is transferred from a young offenders institute to an adult prison due to his aggressive behaviour - which has been so violent that he's been 'starred up' to live with the older inmates… including his estranged father.The hostile teen struggles to control his anger issues - as well as the hierarchy of prisoners and fellow convicts - resulting in him getting into trouble with some of the long-serving prisoners… including his own dad, Neville (Mendelsohn).
The 19-year old is then invited to join a discussion group, headed up by a volunteer therapist Oliver (Friend), but will Eric change his wild ways?
Best Scene: Although Eric and his father have a problematic relationship, Neville is there for his son when he needs him the most, even if it means jeopardising his own parole.
Date Movie or Mate Movie? This is most definitely a mate movie. With brutal scenes of violence, it's a far cry from a flick you'd take a date to go and see. Grab a couple of friends and take a trip to the cinema instead!
Scene Stealer: It has to be Jack O'Connell himself. Following roles in Skins and Harry Brown, we can't wait to see what the the rising star has to offer in the future… even the amazing Angelina Jolie has signed him up for new film, Unbroken.
WTF Moment: If you shy of a little nudity, then a scene involving Jack and his manhood provides a truly WTF moment.
Summary: A brutal and brilliant movie which takes its audience behind bars, while also demonstrating the difficult father-son relationship experienced by many families. Jack O’Connell is outstanding in his role, and we can't wait to see him on the big screen in the near future.