Starred Up (2014)
Starring Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, and Rupert Friend
Directed by David Mackenzie
***This film is currently streaming on Amazon Prime***
As mentioned, director David Mackenzie and screenwriter Jonathan Asser have crafted a gritty flick here with a character in Eric that is disarmingly unpleasant. Jack O'Connell does a great job of showcasing the youth's visceral dislike for authority and violent tendencies towards everyone. Ben Mendelsohn is also eerily unsavory as Eric's father -- how does he get what he wants? Why does he have pull in the prison? The answers aren't necessarily appealing.
Admittedly, I found the accents in this one a bit harsh to this American's ear and I did find that I had to watch the flick with subtitles in order to fully grasp what was going on. However, Starred Up is a solid piece of filmmaking with an impressively scarily realistic turn from Jack O'Connell who's certainly seeing his star rise in recent months.
The RyMickey Rating: B