Pin It

Review: Starred Up 

Ken Korman says this movie about young offenders in adult prisons is caustically authentic

click to enlarge film_rec2.jpg

Photo courtesy Tribeca Film

"Starred Up" is British slang for prematurely bringing a young offender from juvenile detention to the harsh world of adult prisons, a practice with potentially dire consequences as depicted in Scottish director David Mackenzie's raw and caustic film. Up-and-coming British actor Jack O'Connell stars as the uncontrollably violent Eric, a 19-year-old newly transferred to a prison inhabited by his estranged and volatile father (Ben Mendelsohn) and a volunteer prison therapist (Rupert Friend) who desperately wants to save him. Shot in sequence in what was until recently a functioning prison, Starred Up pushes the envelope of authenticity down to the screenplay's reliance on obscure prison slang. The actors' thick cockney accents don't help matters — subtitles would help — but the film gradually develops into something special: a prison film with three- dimensional characters and even a faint glimmer of hope.

Pin It

Speaking of...

Film Details

Starred Up
Rated NR · 100 minutes · 2014
Director: David Mackenzie
Producer: Gillian Berrie and Brian Coffey
Cast: Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend, Jack O'Connell, Sam Spruell, David Ajala, Peter Ferdinando, Anthony Welsh, Ashley Chin, David Avery and Gershwyn Eustache Jr.


Now Playing

Sorry there are no upcoming showtimes for Starred Up


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Submit an event Jump to date

Movies This Week

More Filmtimes


Latest in Film: Previews and Reviews

More by Ken Korman

© 2016 Gambit
Powered by Foundation