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Starred Up (2014)

Starred Up

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

August 29, 2014 (Limited)

Duration

106 min.

Studio

Tribeca Film

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

David Mackenzie

Producer

Gillian Berrie

Screenwriter

Jonathan Asser

Starring

Story


19-year-old Eric (Jack O'Connell, star of the upcoming "Unbroken"), arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn, "The Dark Knight Rises"). As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates - and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking point - Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist (Rupert Friend, "Homeland"), who runs an anger management group for prisoners. Torn between gang politics, prison corruption, and a glimmer of something better, Eric finds himself in a fight for his own life, unsure if his own father is there to protect him or join in punishing him. Written by prison system therapist Jonathan Asser, "Starred Up" is a merciless, uncompromising portrayal of a dehumanizing life behind bars, and the most accomplished film of David Mackenzie's career; as father and son, Mendelsohn and O'Connell give extraordinary performances, charting a path that resembles Greek tragedy.

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Poster of Tribeca Film's Starred Up (2014)
Poster of Tribeca Film's Starred Up (2014)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..will be remembered as the film that announced a new star, Jack O'Connell..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
“..for the most part this is furiously compelling stuff, convincingly mounted and superbly acted..”
by Tom Huddleston [Time Out]