Starred Up Overview

Troubled teenager Eric (Jack O'Connell) is transferred to an adult prison, which only serves to amplify his explosive temper and violence behavior. When he makes a weapon to use against the older inmates and is involved in a violent incident, Eric comes to the attention of Oliver, the resident prison counselor.

Eric reluctantly agrees to take part in Oliver's therapy sessions. Concerned that Eric may need more assistance to navigate the prison's complex webs of alliances and aggressive racial prejudices, Neville (Ben Mendelsohn), a fellow inmate, is called upon to keep him in line. It turns out that Nev is Eric's father, whom he's only seen sporadically over the past 12 years, and who is one of the reasons for Eric's violent ways.