Thursday, September 4, 2014

Starred Up - Review

Tough and damaged
Wow. This is one of the most brutally honest performances I've ever seen, from the entire case. The entire tone is so nerve wracking it had me amped up, a strange emotional response I do not often get from a film.

It's a prison drama, which is apparently a genre of Brittish film and includes the likes of Scum and Bronson.

This one revolves around the transfer of a young inmate from the juvenile system to the adult prison system. He is transferred to the same prison his father currently resides in, a fellow convict. What follows is one of the most intense father and son bonding episodes ever put to film. A truly great achievement.

As for who I would recommend this film for, I'm just not sure. It's a tough call really. It's not that fun of a movie, not to say I didn't like it, but it can be a tough watch. Also the English is very low class Brittish with lots of rapid slang. It can be hard to understand. Anyone into prison drama and more artistic styled movies would be into this. It's definitely not a mainstream choice. The movie leaves you feeling optimistic, which is great. It could have went so much darker, glad it didn't.

Now that the summer movie season is over I'll be doing more book reviews. I have a list of a few dozen that need my attention. Movies aren't the only story medium you know!

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