Starred up

Starred up

DVD - 2015
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A troubled and explosively violent teenager is transferred to an adult prison where he finally meets his match - a man who also happens to be his father.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2015]
Edition: DVD, widescreen presentation
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical
1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Byond
Aug 23, 2017

The good news is that this is close captioned in English, I was able to activate that feature on second viewing, not difficult through the dvd program on my laptop. On first viewing the dialogue was mostly lost on me. It looks like the director had a breakthrough hit with this; it seems Hollywood got hold of him for his next project, 'Hell or High Water'. There are similarities: both films have notable violence, women are mostly left out, and there is a family angle. It is pretty clear in both that people are reacting to environments that are far from Eden. Finally, both put on view a side of humanity that touches our hearts, though its not the whole story. Someone here said this one benefits from the author's years of volunteer prison work; I think that's right. Toward the end there's a little plot turn that seems a stretch; even if that were fixed the movie would rise to not more than what an actor in 'Hell or High Water' called that one, 'a good ride'. I once offended someone by recommending 'a strong movie'; that could happen to someone with this as well.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 08, 2016

An almost unbearably grim and violent prison drama featuring 2 standout performances. It's not much of a recommendation, but it will make you feel like you are in prison. Jack O'Connell ("Unbroken") plays a young offender who is transferred (or starred up) to an adult prison, where his father (Ben Mendelsohn) is incarcerated. O'Connell and Mendelsohn are both excellent, but the film does get a little monotonous, as you do get how brutal life in prison is pretty quickly. Also, the accents are awfully thick and can be hard to understand. It has some similarities with other prison films like "Bronson," "Hunger," and "Scum."

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mooooks
Jan 17, 2016

Depicts the very realistic, gritty and dark conditions of everyday life in prison that we often don't see, nor care about. Especially in protagonist Eric Love's situation where he gets "Starred Up", which is UK slang for being moved from a juvenile prison to an adult one, due to his uncontrollable behaviour. The years of experience the writer lends separates this film from "Hollywood" prison to the terrifying reality of life behind bars.

My only disappointment was the lack of subtitles. Despite the fact I watch a lot of British series, it was hard to follow the slang and dialogue at times. Because of that I feel a lot of the smaller details were lost. Wikipedia doesn't even have the plot included in the film's summary, which is where I typically go whenever I miss details in a film. But at the same time it adds a level of authenticity. You decide.

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TheeAvebury
Nov 04, 2015

It was alright for a prison film- I thought it tapered off about half-way through.

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A_Falkov
Oct 30, 2015

I can only guess that the abrasive intensity and violence that permeates this superb film is what challenged the festival judges; because this is one sadly overlooked masterwork. Perhaps it was the perceptive critique of the system (excellently analogized in the revolving door that slowly, hauntingly halts in the film's final moments), that diverted the interest of the ribbon-pinners in the U.K.? Either way, the is a film worthy of praise. Not a run-of-the-mill prison flic like the multitude produced since the incarnation of film. This is an intense character study into the the conditioning system of crime and violence that exists as a side-effect of an imperialist and capitalist system at large. Jack O'Connell's fantastic performance explodes from subtly nuanced to over-the-top intense as he reveals the damaged boy/man/warrior that has finally reunited with his father ( after years of "homes" and "kiddy-"fiddlers"), in the same prison. Written by a prison psychologist, this film illustrates the dehumanizing effects of the system and alludes to crimes committed by the incarcerators themselves that should look familiar to anyone who watches the news in North America , as well.Yeah, if foul language and violence withers your appreciation of art, then this film is not for you. Otherwise, well worth the time for those looking to get swept up into a gripping , well-acted drama.

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roystreet
Oct 17, 2015

Provocative film -- IF you can follow the nearly impenetrable Northern English accent. (Some CD players -- mine included -- do not support the Closed Captions provided.) O'Connell is fearless, stopping at nothing, even full frontal nudity.
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erikgras
Oct 16, 2015

violent, a lot of the movie is fighting.. i didnt like this movie and would NOT recommend it.

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 25, 2015

Warning! Brutal prison violence and language! Australian film star, Ben Mendelsohn, plays the veteran imprisoned father doing what he can to get his newly imprisoned son an early release. On the other hand, the son perpetrates violent acts on other prisoners, inhibiting his early release. This and The Prophet are the two best prison films of the 21st century. The film lacked subtitles, which would have helped Americans understand the heavy accents. Otherwise, I don’t see how the film could have been any better.

AladarNyc Aug 04, 2015

I could barely understand a word (except the constant and crude swearing). Subtitles were sorely missed. The story seemed to be your typical "on the inside" story, but with a slightly interesting twist. I was taken aback by the amount of freedom and comforts allotted to these inmates, and by the lack of control of the insipid guards and administration. Overall; a let down. C-

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graybear3
Mar 21, 2015

Might be a good movie but the Irish accents are so strong we couldn't understand much of anything that was said. No subtitles either. Whatever would posses a company to release this without subtitles?!

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