In the United Kingdom, juveniles which prove too violent for their young offender’s institution are “starred up”, prison slang for being transferred to an adult facility while still under the age of 21.
This film was written by a therapist with first-hand experience of working at a reknowned English prison which has housed some of the country’s most savage criminals.
Starred Up is a violent and frightening ride. But what a well-crafted and acted film. What tension and exhiliration!
Wonderful Cinema strongly recommends you do not ruin the impact directors meticulously plan for you by watching trailers or reading spoilers. For those who can’t resist:
Title: Starred Up
Director: David Mackenzie
Year/Country: 2013, England
Stars: Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend, Peter Ferdinando, Dennis Spencer (click here for full cast)
Screenplay: Jonathan Asser
Cinematography: Michael McDonough
Editing: Jake Roberts, Nick Emerson
Score: Tony Doogan, David Mackenzie