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The film is a semi-biographical story based on the experiences of former prison guard Ronnie Thompson who spent seven years working in some of the UK's most dangerous prisons.

The critical consensus

The reactionary result should please Daily Mail readers, if not fans of credible characters and non-risible plotting.

**(*)(*)(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 23/05/2011

D’Arcy and Harper excel and there's the odd punch packed, but otherwise it's an identity parade of prison clichés you've seen a thousand times.

**(*)(*)(*)Simon Crook, Empire Online, 30/05/2011

Some of the supporting performances are misdemeanours in themselves. But it’s got a lot of swagger, it rattles along, and there are decent turns.

**(*)(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 02/06/2011

This macho thriller throws a lot of punches at the prison service; how many of them connect is a different story.

**(*)(*)(*)Cath Clarke, The Guardian, 02/06/2011

Sometimes you get the authentic whiff of the criminal underclass, but it needs a stronger narrative to help it carry.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 03/06/2011

A spiky, if familiar, prison drama based on a true story.

***(*)(*)Daily Record, 03/06/2011

The cast – including Noel Clarke as cocky crime kingpin Truman – scowl in all the right places, but as the grim action unfolds and the pressures of the job send D'Arcy's Sam into a predictably awful downward spiral, the film, ironically, becomes imprisoned in its own attempts to break free of convention.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 04/06/2011

Indeed, everything is too extreme. But there's a core of honesty here.

Philip French, The Observer, 05/06/2011

There is such an abundance of testosterone, macho posturing and flying fists here that it all becomes a bit laughable.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 03/06/2011

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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