Eric (Jack O'Connell) plays a teenage con 'starred up' (moved to adult prison) where he finds his father (Ben Mendelsohn) running the wing and trying to teach him how to survive the brutal side of real prison life. This 'truly extraordinary movie' follows Eric as he battles his explosive temper. Finding mates in the most unlikely places but enemies at every turn. With only the prison therapist who's got his back. See what it's really like trying to stay alive inside.
Shocking but without depth
- Starred Up review by DG
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I decided to watch this as it had received good reviews and this tied with its obvious connection with Scum was enough for me. It concerns the situation of an inmate that has been moved from a young offenders to an adult prison, hence the title to be starred up. To put it mildly he is a very violent character and seems hell bent on destroying everything in his path. As we discover Eric has grown up in care homes and has been abused from a young age. So although he is a nasty piece of work he is merely a victim trying to make sense of the world.
Although Eric's character is front and centre at all times and hops from one violent situation to another there is never really enough depth of character to have any real feelings towards him.
It would seem that the film makers as much as the prison staff struggle to know what to do with him. Watch if you like watching very violent films but avoid if would like more depth of character. 3/5