The story of Bobby Sands, the IRA member who led the 1981 hunger strike in which Republican prisoners tried to win political status. It dramatises events in the Maze prison in the six weeks prior to Sands’ death.
This is one of the very best films I've seen in a good while. It was Steve McQueen's debut? Fuck, I can't believe it. It's a beautiful, thought-provoking, haunting and brutal film. And I mean BRUTAL.
If, for some reason you are not yet convinced that Fassbender is one of the best actors working right now, watch this film and you will be among the doubting no more. He delivers a performance that should and will be remembered forever. Looks like he almost lost as much weight as Bale did for The Machinist. Ah, maybe not quite, but it's scary as hell.
There is a conversation that takes place around the middle of the film and goes on for almost half an hour. And it's gripping. It's nearly uncut, too. I think there is a shot that lasts about 16 minutes uncut. Amazing. Just do yourself a favour and watch this film.
Steve McQueen’s debut film is one of the forgotten little gems of the past decade. It’s a hard movie to watch. Like Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange it’s a movie that puts a mirror in front of us and shows all the wrongs and brutalities of our race. Violence will bring more violence and one day humans will reach a point that they won’t be able to solve their problems without using some violence against each other. Bobby Sand is representative of all men and women in the history who have sacrificed themselves for freedom and peace, and those are the states that will never be achieved easily. Their price must be paid.
Micheal Fassbender’s portrayal of Bobby Sands, a…
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Finally, a prison movie that's not afraid to show the lighter side of incarceration.
"I have my belief, and in all its simplicity that is the most powerful thing."
I've noticed a trend in Steve McQueen's films. In Shame, Hunger, and 12 Years a Slave a sense of helplessness permeates the screen. McQueen subjects the viewer to a situation that's brutal, dark, and thought-provoking; and very much outside of the normal comfort zone for viewing a film. What makes these scenarios so affecting and emotional is McQueen's much-talked-about sense of realism. His camera is always unflinching, unafraid of long-takes, nudity, graphic violence, and disgusting scenery. It makes his films feel almost documentary-like in nature. It's easier to empathize with a realistic situation rather than a fanciful one, which is, in part, how he succeeds.…
I had no idea what I got myself into. The words that come to mind about Steve McQueen’s freshman effort are: brutal, visceral, grueling, splanchnic. But the epitomizing word is, REAL. Hunger is clearly directed by a talented filmmaker that understands the elements of film incredibly well. The scenes the audience witness are nothing people want to see, but like the prisoners portrayed in this true story, we are forced to watch it and mentally experience the pain of the prisoners. It’s an incredible film that I never want to see again.
McQueen creates a minimalistic film by depriving the audience of the normal supplements of film. Slight camera movements, musical scoring, set-pieces, non-essential dialogue, background conversations, these elements are…
What started as a routine browsing through my Bluray catalog turned into another viewing of Steve McQueen's fantastic Hunger. As I sit down to watch the opening scenes and the details the Criterion Bluray brings out, I am utterly transfixed by it, and before I know it, the film is over, and I am still as heavily impacted as the first time I watched it.
Although, it is true, Hunger isn't an easy movie to sit through, nor is it fast paced. Instead, McQueen rightly uses a slow paced style in order to make us feel just as uncomfortable as its subjects. But we're never really that uncomfortable with it as a watcher. That's the beauty of Hunger. This is…
A horrifying, brutalizing drama that features a great performance by Michael Fassbender and a supporting role by Liam Cunningham. The seventeen-minute scene is movie greatness, worthy of all praise it gets. Only faults are the misdirection and scattered story in the first act, it is a testament to the artistry of Steve McQueen.
McQueen is undeniably smart and knows what he wants, but sometimes draws to much attention to the nature of his filmmaking as seen in the incredibly long dialogue between Sands and the priest. Instead of giving it a greater impact, it feels like McQueen is holding a flashing sign above the characters that reads: "Do you feel the impact?"
Fassbender gives an incredible performance and transformation, and the film has many lyrical moments, but feels too plodding in nature in the end.
McQueen's first film is probably his best one. Intense yet sombre, ugly yet beautiful, Hunger is incredible.
A taut script, excellent cinematography and a beautiful (yet understated score) highlight the excellent craftsmanship of Steve McQueen's directorial debut.
No matter what your political leanings there is no denying the power behind this portrayal of true events. Michael Fassbender is outstanding in as Bobby Sands. The standout scene with Liam Cunningham's Father Dominic Moran is a static shot, one take. A discussion about morality. Two men sizing each other up. Two powerhouse performances.
A difficult tale to tell, but told well it is.
Worth your time
In its routinely horror, it's beautiful and profound.
As painful and as devastating the experience of watching Hunger may be and in spite of how irate as well as heartbroken it will leave you, there are few movies that are as satisfying and meaningful as this one. It's about British-Irish politics, to be sure, it's about violence and authority, but most of all it's about the absolute power of the human spirit, and McQueen with help by Fassbender has managed to capture that force of nature on film. And it's awe-inspiring.
Whilst I was blown away by Shame, this one too, came really close to that effort. Documenting the extreme and hopeless life of the political prisoners inside the Maze Prison, McQueen lends a sublime artistic touch to a futile story. This story tracks the events leading up to the hunger strike and the days after that, with the backdrop of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. The paramilitary prisoners from the conflict were denied any political status and were subjected to abuses of the human rights. The movie, in a poetic and bleak manner, captured the incessant fight the prisoners put up to hold up their belief, to earn what they deserve. There is beauty in the camera, as feces smeared…
So disturbing and brutal yet so powerfully beautiful.
In Michael Fassbender's performance we can feel the dedication that he putted in his role, so intense and so powerful. Michael Fassbender you are amazing!
The way Hunger is filmed is so great turning the storytelling of the events even more darker and intense.
Steve McQueen made a stunning piece of art.
Brutal, highly intense & very disturbing for the most part, Steve McQueen's debut film is a harsh but very effective & bold enactment covering the final months of Bobby Sands & his hunger strike in the Maze prison. Hunger features excellent direction, fantastic camera-work featuring long single-takes, strong performances by its cast but the graphic depiction of torture & brutality makes it a difficult movie to sit through. Michael Fassbender as Bobby Sands was exceptional & delivers one of the finest works of his career, so far. The way he depicted the deteriorating body of Sands during his hunger strike is extremely disturbing to watch but it also succeeds in making its desired impact. There is one 17 minutes long scene in the film between…