Juvenile repeat offender Eric Love (19) earns by incorrigible insolence and violent rebellion a 'promotion' from reformatory to adult prison, where his reckless provocative attitude towards staff and fellow inmates bodes grave trouble for all. But when Dennis goes to stab Neville, Neville overpowers him and stabs him, then runs down and rescues Eric. However Eric meets his missing father Neville Love that is the henchman of the prison leader Dennis Spencer. Dennis clearly is the prison boss who everybody in the prison is afraid of. However, after Eric attacks Dennis, Dennis orders the prison director to kill Eric. And yet, it was likely passed over by most film … STARRED UP Plot: “In STARRED UP, Jack O’Connell gives a star-making performance as 19 year-old Eric Love, a violent and troubled teenager making the difficult transition from a young offenders’ institute to adult prison. ", Emma Simmonds of The List spoke positively and commented, "Starred Up gives you a good sharp shake and, in doing so, truly opens your eyes." The plot also takes a rather bizarre turn … Eric Love, 19, is locked up in prison. She continued by praising the performances of O'Connell and Mendelsohn, citing, "Some outstanding performances from O'Connell and Mendelsohn, both hugely exciting actors in British cinema today." On first day he assaults another inmate and several guards. Through hell and high water. Directed by David Mackenzie, Starred Up takes a no-holds-barred approach to brings its violent tale to life and retains its viciousness throughout its runtime. " Tim Robey of The Daily Telegraph commented of the piece, "Prison films have always had their share of surrogate father-son bonding, so there's something satisfying about making it biological - it's a shrewd twist in the formula. Just as “Starred Up” veers toward a dark climax with a pileup of incidents involving police corruption and prison hierarchy, an entirely separate plot emerges and raises the stakes of … And of O'Connell, "O'Connell is brilliant, managing to give Eric a kind of Bronson-like intensity, although they keep him sympathetic in that it's clear that his rage is a by-product of a vicious upbringing. He concludes by praising cinematographer Michael McDonough's ability to "[capture] the claustrophobia of the physical environment without reducing the characters within the frame.". His father, Neville, is serving a life sentence at this prison, and is a lieutenant for the crime boss that runs the prison. " Metacritic, another review aggregator, assigned the film a weighted average score of 81 out of 100 based on 26 reviews from mainstream critics, which indicates "universal acclaim". 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