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Although debutant writer/director Craig Viveiros’s pressure-cooker prison drama throws in all the usual ingredients – brooding antihero, naive new prisoner, psychotic troublemaker, bent screw, violent internal politics and male rape – there are some meaty performances to chew on. With only three months to serve, model prisoner Jack (John Lynch) is gutted when his wife abandons him on the anniversary of their son’s death. ‘Find someone who really needs saving,’ advises his gnomic pal Ahmed (Art Malik). Enter young, newly arrived arsonist and artist Paul (Martin Compston from ‘The Disappearance of Alice Creed’). Their protective father-son relationship is threatened, though, by jealous, manipulative Clay (Craig Parkinson), who – in collusion with corrupt guard Donner (David Schofield) – rules the wing with quiet threats and sharp objects. Some will find the final revelation a coincidence too far, and a more experienced director would have trimmed 20 minutes from his own wordy script. But given Lynch’s incandescent intensity, Compston’s fragile vulnerability and Craig Parkinson’s slyly insinuating turn as Clay, this is first and foremost an actors’ showcase.


Release details

Release date:
Friday June 24 2011
110 mins

Cast and crew

Craig Viveiros
Craig Viveiros
John Lynch
David Schofield
Martin Compston

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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brillient film, thoroughly enjoyed and was totally hooked by the end. could watch it again.

brillient film, thoroughly enjoyed and was totally hooked by the end. could watch it again.

Just finished watching this jailhouse drama. It was an interesting watch with strong acting throughout, especially from John Lynch (Black Death). It had a few cliche moments you would expect from a "prison movie" but the film as a whole played out well & had some tense scenes. So it's worth checking out if you like this type of film; & even if you don't you may find something here to like as it's not your usual prison flick. Three stars is about right & it's certainly worth at least one viewing as it's a decent drama with a good story that offers something new.