Good morning! I’ve been up since 3:30am and I am suprisingly awake for first thing on a Monday morning. I thought I would do a blog post to start off my day – however it is a bit different from my usual posts. Over the course of the weekend my boyfriend and I watched 8 really brilliant films and so I thought I would pick a few of my favourites, from these 8, and write a blog post about them.
Starred Up: This film was released on the 21st of March, 2014. The protagonist, Eric (played by the famous actor Jack O’ Connell) was a very convincing and strong character. I was totally hooked throughout the whole film. Starred up tells the story of a 19 year old boy who is extremely violent and aggressive and because of this he is sent to an adult prison instead of a Young Offenders institution. Whilst doing time in prison (and being mischievous and causing trouble) Eric stumbles across his Father who he has not seen since he was 5 years old – when he was put in to care. His Father, Neville, is a notorious individual in the prison. He is the ‘henchman’ of the prison leader. Eric’s Father begins to feel the need to try and look out for Eric in prison and wants to control him. Perhaps he feels as though because he missed out on being a Father figure in his childhood he has to make up for it now? Eric caused mayhem at the beginning of the film and because of this, a Voluntary therapist wants to work with him to try and help him change his ways. The Deputy Governor does not believe that this is feasible. Throughout the film, Eric’s antics make you laugh, hold your breath and feel sympathy towards him. He is a very troubled boy who evidently has not had a great upbringing. He is given one chance to try and improve his behaviour. Starred Up is truly an incredible film. I highly recommend that you watch it and see for yourself.
Unbroken: Again, another magnificent film starring the actor Jack O’ Connell. After watching Starred Up I did not think that there was another film that could beat it; I think Unbroken did just that. Unbroken has a duration of 2 hours and 17 minutes so it is a long one but I guarantee that you will not regret it (if this type of movie is your kind of thing). It deals with mainly the theme of war: After a very traumatic plane crash during the war, Louis Zamperini (An Olympian), is left stranded out at sea in only a raft with two other men. They spend 47 days out at sea, fending for themselves with what they can to survive, and keeping one another’s spirits up as much as possible. They try and keep faith as much as they can however the begin to feel doubtful as the days go on. Eventually, a ship arrives, but it is not the rescue that they had hoped for – it is the Japenese Navy who have captured them and send them to a prisoner-of-war camp. Louis endures several beatings and is picked on by one of the very loathsome and corrupt prison guards who repeatedly reminds them that “they are the enemy and will be treated accordingly”. It is a very intense film and it is one that I believe will keep you on your toes – it certainly did for me. It is a true story and is one that leaves you thinking even after the film has finished.