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Not Yet Rated| 1 hr. 40 min.

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19-year-old Eric (Jack O'Connell, star of the upcoming UNBROKEN), arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES). As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking point — Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist (Rupert Friend, "Homeland"), who runs an anger management group for prisoners. Torn between gang politics, prison corruption, and a glimmer of something better, Eric finds himself in a fight for his own life, unsure if his own father is there to protect him or join in punishing him.

Cast: Ben Mendelsohn , Rupert Friend , Jack O'Connell , Sam Spruell , David Ajala , Peter Ferdinando , Anthony Welsh , Ashley Chin

Director: David Mackenzie

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Tribeca Film

Starred Up (2013)

Release Date: August 27th, 2014|1 hr. 40 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
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  • O'Connell, soon to head the cast of Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken," explodes onscreen in a star-is-born performance. Starred Up is a small indie film in danger of slipping through the cracks at the Hollywood-driven multiplex. show more

  • A potent and disturbing experience. Fortunately it’s much more, offering sharp performances and genuine drama. show more

  • Director David Mackenzie's gripping, convincing and convincingly violent convict drama owes its authenticity largely to the experiences of ex-prison therapist Jonathan Asser, who wrote its screenplay. But the opening 10 minutes are a virtuosic example of virtually wordless filmmaking. show more

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