Starred Up: Synopsis and Review [WATCH VIDEO]

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 2 years ago
Starred Up: Synopsis and Review [WATCH VIDEO]

“Starred Up” is a drama pic directed by David Mackenzie from the screenplay of Jonathan Asser. It opened in theaters on Aug. 27, 2014. The cast members include: Jack O’Connell, David Ajala, Gershwyn Eustache Jr., Raphael Sowoli, Tommy McDonnell, Sam Spruell, Rupert Friend, Ben Mendelsohn, Peter Ferdinando, Ashley Chin, Gilly Gilchrist and Frederick Schmidt. Read on to learn more about the “Starred Up” synopsis and review.

“Starred Up” Synopsis:


To give you an idea why the title is called as such, “starred up” is a practice imposed in the British system where uncontrollable juveniles were transferred to an adult facility. The 19-year-old Eric (O’Connell), unlike the others who want to get out of prison, chooses to stay behind bars in order to reunite with his father, Neville (Mendelsohn).  He is then prematurely transferred to the adult prison facility where Neville is. Eric’s temper has gained him enemies, both inmates and authorities. Olivier (Friend), a psychotherapist, steps in to help Eric from being eaten up by the system.

“Starred Up” Review:

As of this writing, the top critics from Metacritic gave the film a score of 82 out of 100, while those from Rotten Tomatoes rated it with 98 percent.

Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly gave “Starred Up” a B on his review, while 75 at Metacritic. He praised O’Connell’s performance, even saying that while watching him, one can see the coming of a movie star.

“O’Connell gives the movie everything he’s got. He’s explosive and feral, and you can see why Angelina Jolie picked him to play the lead in her upcoming film Unbroken,” wrote Nashawaty in the Entertainment Weekly article.

Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers rated the film with 3.5 out of 4 stars. Same with Nashawaty, Travers commended O’Connell’s great performance.

Starred Up is a small indie film in danger of slipping through the cracks at the Hollywood-driven multiplex. Finding it – in theaters or on VOD – is well worth the effort,” stated Travers on Rolling Stone.

There you have it for the “Starred Up” synopsis and review. It opened in theaters on Aug. 27, 2014. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates on upcoming films.

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