A movie about troubled young people, dysfunctional families and violence
You may think that the prison is not a place someone would chose on purpose to be, but there are people who find it as the perfect stage for their future lives. The new movie brought to us by the 20th Century Fox, called “Starred Up” centers on a prison story, showing complex characters whose adult lives, start and end behind the bars.
The main character of the movie, Eric, is played by the amazing “Skins” star, Jack O’Connell. By choice or not, the 19 year old Eric is “starred up” to a prison from a youth detention center. Basically, his adult life starts here and this is also the place where he meets his dad. The prison, of course, is not a classic arena for family reunions, but somehow this is what the main hero was coming towards to. Despite the brutal speeches and the aggressive attitude, for the whole movie the public is going to try to catch a little glimpse of hope and desire in Eric’s eyes. Maybe it is the fact that he is so young or is it just how we are always trying to find something good in bad, even when watching violent prison movies.
Next to Jack O’Connell, here we also get to see gorgeous actors like Rupert Friend and Ben Mendelsohn. The way they play the roles is simply outstanding, as you get to believe it all. The way they talk, they act and their thoughts are super realistic. Even the fact that you may not understand everything the convicted guys talk, makes it all just authentic. As the British prison slang has a huge impact on the atmosphere that’s created in “Starred Up”, making the lives of the characters look really tough and just weird for the audience. Even if it is violent and aggressive, the movie does not lose its dramatic part, as it becomes more and more intense and entertaining.
Directed by David Mackenzie, “Starred Up” brings to the public the issues of a modern society, including troubled young people, dysfunctional families and incredible violence. This March, the movie hits the cinemas.