Starred Up Movie Review, Comparison, Specification
- Genre: Drama
- Directors: David Mackenzie
- Actors: Jack O’Connell, Rupert Friend, Ben Mendelsohn
- Classification: 18
- Run Time: 101 minutes
- Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Being quite a fan of Film 4 productions from the past, I probably went into the viewing of Starred Up with too high expectations, but unfortunately I found the movie to be quite a bit of a bore.
Eric Love (Jack O’Connell) is a young lad with a troubled past. He’s been sent to a prison where also his father Neville Love (Ben Hendelsohn) is an inmate.
Eric has a tendency to be really violent, and in the prison some (not all) people are looking out for him, and trying to put him on the straight and narrow for once in his life.
Sadly the movie doesn’t go much further past this, and considering it’s 1 hour and 45 minutes long, a lot of this time was spent hoping things improve, which is never a great sign when you find yourself doing this when watching a movie.
I have no complaints about any of the acting throughout, and I thought Jack O’Connell played his part really well, it was just the boring story which never captivated my attention.
To be honest, I sort of was expecting a movie like Scum, I thought it would give an insight into real prison life, and after reading about it I also expected it to be a lot more violent than it was.
Overall if your looking for a prison drama, the most recent one that I saw which was better than Starred Up is called Felon, and then you have classics such as Scum, The Green Mile, and The Shawshank Redemption, which in my opinion are all miles ahead of Starred Up.
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