STARRED UP – REVIEW

Review

 

Starring: Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend
Director: David Mackenzie
Running Time: 106mins
Cert: 18

Speechless. Absolutely speechless…so ill type instead of talk about the amazing film that is David Mackenzie’s Starred Up!

There are a few posts on the blog that have built up the excitement for this film and i am so happy that it did not disappoint. Starred Up is a gripping and insightful film about the internal social structure of prison but more so about the relationship between a troubled father and son.

Eric Love is transferred from juvenile detention to adult prison prematurely and in doing so has to survive the internal struggles that he will undoubtedly face. While facing the shame, depression and violence that incarceration brings, Eric finds himself in the same institution as his father Neville. Its here that the real story unfolds as Eric as to come to terms with the type of man/prisoner he wants to be or ultimately the type his father could make him.

For those that haven’t seen the film yet, i don’t like to go into a synopsis of films but rather just point out the things that make a film good or bad. In this instance, the realism and grit of it make it absolutely fantastic. The authenticity of language and powerful performances by Jack O Connell and Ben Mendelsohn, make the characters relatable even to people who have never come into contact with prison, prisoners or their way of life. You find yourself becoming sympathetic to their individual situations and rooting for various inmates to survive the chaos of their confinement.

During the hour and forty minutes of this film that left me wanting more, you will laugh, cry, be shocked and appalled at the things that take place in prison. There is no question of its authenticity and you genuinely fear for Eric and those that grow close to him.

O Connell’s performance is riveting and engaging and sentimental in its deliverance making him a force to contend with in the coming years. The supporting cast consisting of David Ajala and Anthony Welsh are a welcome addition that provide comedy and ultimately a sense of family to an otherwise seemingly bleak situation.

Starred Up is simply a gem of British talent and film and could possibly be the best original film ill see this year.

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WHAT TO WATCH!! – MOVIES

What To Watch

 

– Today is Friday so that means its movie release day! A few new films have popped up today so here is a quick list of them and what its about if you were unsure! – 

 

STARRED UP
Cast: Jack O’Connell, Rupert Friend, Ben Mendelsohn
Director: David Mackenzie
Cert: 18

Jack O’Connell is set to give a career shaping performance in this prison drama about violent teen Eric Love who finds himself in the difficult transition from a young offender’s institute to adult prison. Despite help from prison therapist (Rupert Friend), he also helped by an inmate who just happens to be his dad (Ben Mendelsohn).

ABOUT LAST NIGHT
Cast: Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant
Director: Steve Pink
Cert: 15

The second of Kevin Hart’s films to hit UK screens this year and this time he is accompanied by his Think Like A Man co stars Regina Hall and Michael Ealy. A modern version of the classic romantic comedy starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore in 1986, about two people getting into their first committed relationship. Paired up with the more comical relationship of Hart and Hall hopefully brings more laughs in then Ride Along.

A LONG WAY DOWN
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Rosamund Pike, Aaron Paul
Director: Pascal Chaumeil
Cert: 15

A once beloved TV personality who is now, shall we say a little bit passed it, is on top of a London skyscraper on New Year’s Ever and ready to jump. However, he’s soon joined by single mother Maureen (Collette), sassy teen Jess (Poots), and musician turned pizza-delivery boy JJ (Paul). They decide, instead of jumping tomake a pact and stay alive and stay together until Valentine’s Day at least…

LABOR DAY
Cast: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith
Dir. Jason Reitman, US, 2013, 111 mins
Certificate: 12A     Distributor: Paramount

Labor Day” centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler is 13 years old and struggling to be the man of the house while caring for his reclusive mother Adele and live a normal teenage life. While on a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother meet Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and  in need of some help, who they agree to take home but later find out is an escaped convict resulting in the longest Labor Day weekend of their lives…

 

 

CHUCKY VENN’S THE METHOD OF LOVE SCREENING

So, on Friday night I attended the pilot screening of The Method of Love starring Chucky Venn aka Tremaine Gidigbi from Footballer’s Wives and Ray Dixon from Eastenders.

The twenty minute pilot episode was at first glance a fresh look at the trials we go through in the name of love with some excellent British talent in the line up. Left with a multitude of questions about how the characters were going to deal with their obviously trying situations, made anticipation for the following episodes very high.

The night brought out a host of household names including comedian Eddie Kadie, beautiful actress Caroline Chikezie and National Television Award winner Khali Best to name a few. These guests stayed on until the early hours of the morning with a great after party that allowed industry folk and fans alike to mingle, network and generally have a good time!

The Method of Love makes its online debut on Friday 14th February so make sure to check it out!

Twitter: @MethodofLove

Some pictures from last night 🙂

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REVIEW: THE TOMORROW PEOPLE

If you’re not a fan of all things American apple pie then look away now for The Tomorrow People comes across as a replica of all American teen dramas/films with some cool special effects thrown in.

Uber modern, with shots that resemble some kind of drug trip and an abundance of clichés and two dimensional characters, this glossy pilot tells the story of teenager Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell) who, after repeatedly waking up in bed with his neighbours and with no idea how he got there soon discovers that he is a member of The Tomorrow People. This group of teen “we-are-clearly-older-in-real-life” rebels have three distinct powers that by their own description make them homo-superior rather than homosapien; telepathy, telekinesis and teleportation, the latter which causes Stephen’s aforementioned issue.

Thinking that he is crazy because of the female voice in his head but eventually meeting the owner of said voice, Stephen gradually accepts that he is a member of this Fantastic Four-esque group but immediately has to choose to which side he wants to belong. His new group of 2014 X-Men style friends or the people who are supposedly out to kill them; the evil government organisation, somewhat cheesily named, Ultra.

The show is relatively gripping as pilots go and aims to raise questions with a lot of impressive action in the first ten minutes but the follow up episode that will determine whether they will be able to run with this past a single season. It is essentially every other teen drama/film, old and new rolled into one such as Dark Angel, Jumper and The Mortal Instruments, teen drama by numbers if you will, with fast talking, sarcastic, beautiful people with deep earth shattering problems like school bullies and mothers working extra shifts to pay the therapy bills.

Yet despite this The Tomorrow People, though a bag of clichés and repetitive plot lines, was an entertaining albeit predictable hour of television. If viewers are looking for the love child of One Tree Hill and Avengers Assemble then this is it.

The Tomorrow People is on Wednesdays at 9pm on E4.

Posted originally on DIY TV