Prison life has come under much criticism in recent years, for the fact that it seems to us law abiding citizens a bit too much like a holiday camp. Fully kitted gymnasiums, pool tables, Playstations and TV’s in every room hardly sounds like punishment for the law breaking scallywags that end up there.
In an effort to show prison is actually a tough, brutal place where only the toughest, most brutal survive, the first trailer for David Mackensie’s Starred Up was released today.
The film follows angry inmate Eric (Jack O’Connell),as he finds himself doing porridge at her Majesty’s pleasure. Eric has slight anger issues, and gets angry at everything and everyone. Woe betide anyone who beats him at pool, or outplays him on Fifa 14. Prone to lashing out at guards and fellow inmates alike, his path soon crosses that of an older lag called Neville (Ben Mendelsohn). Neville turns out to be Eric’s long-estranged dad, which proves that the old saying ‘like father like son’ has never been more appropriate.
Determined to stop Eric fighting everyone and eventually fighting himself is prison shrink Oliver (Rupert Friend), who makes it his mission to stop the tear-away teenager from self destructing.
Starred up looks dark, gritty and worth every inch of the 18 certificate that it has been awarded. To find out if Eric can survive prison life, how many press ups he can do in a row, and to see if “I’m the f**king Governor” is still written in Ray Winstone’s handwriting in the toilets, you’ll have to wait until the film is released on March the 21st.