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Cool trailer for British prison flick Starred Up with Jack O'Connell and Ben Mendelsohn

01.24.2014
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The first trailer for the British prison drama STARRED UP has dropped and it looks pretty solid. We caught the film at TIFF last year (review here) and it won us over, so it's exciting that the film is finally getting out to the masses. Starring Jack O'Connell (300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE) as a troubled and violent teenager who is sent to an adult prison, he quickly finds his match - a fellow inmate who is also his father, played by Ben Mendelsohn (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES). The trailer is well-chopped and with a cool music beat, which I dig.

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Not that we are necessarily lacking in prison drama's, but it's good to see one from time to time, if for no other reason than to remind yourself to, y'know, avoid them at all costs. In all seriousness, though, prison drama's tend to be fascinating in that way, as those who have never been (and never hope to go) can marvel at the culture of prison life, while being equally repulsed. It's a strange animal, to be sure. At any rate, STARRED UP looks like a good time in a bad place, so I look forward to checking it out when it hits my shores.

STARRED UP hits U.K. theaters on March 21, 2014. No U.S. date has been announced.

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Extra Tidbit: What's your favorite prison flick? Mine is still Shawshank Redemption.

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4:49PM on 01/24/2014

I can't believe that's Ben Mendelsohn!

I have only seen Mr. Mendelsohn in The Dark Knight Rises and The Place Beyond the Pines. From those films, I think he's neat, but his voice (especially in The Dark Knight Rises) can get a little grating on the nerves for some reason.

Buuuut, it looks like he is much more restrained and badass in this movie. I'm looking forward to this one!
I have only seen Mr. Mendelsohn in The Dark Knight Rises and The Place Beyond the Pines. From those films, I think he's neat, but his voice (especially in The Dark Knight Rises) can get a little grating on the nerves for some reason.

Buuuut, it looks like he is much more restrained and badass in this movie. I'm looking forward to this one!
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5:44PM on 01/24/2014
Check him out in Animal Kingdom with Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton and Jacki Weaver(who was nominated for a Oscar). Animal Kingdom is just a brutal film about a crime family in Australia and Mendelsohn steal the show...he also uses his native accent so you may find it less grating. If you like Mendelshon, quality crime drama and excellent writing...do yourself a favor and get your hands on Animal Kingdom
Check him out in Animal Kingdom with Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton and Jacki Weaver(who was nominated for a Oscar). Animal Kingdom is just a brutal film about a crime family in Australia and Mendelsohn steal the show...he also uses his native accent so you may find it less grating. If you like Mendelshon, quality crime drama and excellent writing...do yourself a favor and get your hands on Animal Kingdom
2:18PM on 01/24/2014

A Prophet

Ben fucking Mendelsohn, anything he's in I'm there.
Ben fucking Mendelsohn, anything he's in I'm there.
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5:49PM on 01/24/2014
If this movie is half as good as A Prophet we are in for a treat. I put A Prophet just behind Shawshank Redemption in terms of "modernly" filmed prison films. This looks great and I liked the tone of the trailer. And it seems I'm in the majority here as a big Ben Mendelsohn fan so this looks like a win-win for me!
If this movie is half as good as A Prophet we are in for a treat. I put A Prophet just behind Shawshank Redemption in terms of "modernly" filmed prison films. This looks great and I liked the tone of the trailer. And it seems I'm in the majority here as a big Ben Mendelsohn fan so this looks like a win-win for me!
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