STARRED UP is a critically-acclaim prison crime drama film directed by David Mackenzie (Young Adam, Hallam Foe, Perfect Sense), starring Jack O’Connell (Unbroken), Ben Mendelsohn, and Rupert Friend. Written by prison system therapist Jonathan Asser, the film is a merciless, uncompromising portrayal of a dehumanizing life behind bars.
19-year-old Eric (O'Connell), arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father (Mendelsohn). 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 (Friend), 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.
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