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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.
Usually I need an emotional connection to be drawn into a film with as harrowing a subject as Hunger has. Once again McQueen proves that with his detached, clinical but unflinching style he still manages to achieve just that despite the distance between the audience and the film.
From the get go it is clear that McQueen will pull no punches. The prison and its inhabitants are gritty and rough. The violence is brutal and yet McQueen manages to inject humanity into both prisoners and guards. He doesn't seem to want to make a statement, he seems to be more interested in documenting a very troubled era in a nation's history.
At the centre of this is Bobby Sands (a…
Steve McQueen's feature film debut is a brutally intense, downright disturbing & extremely upsetting cinema covering the infamous Irish hunger strike of 1981. And while it makes up for a very difficult sitting due to its graphic depiction of the brutality that was inflicted on the prisoners, it also marks a terrific start to the directional career of one of modern cinema's boldest new filmmakers.
Set in Northern Ireland around the early 1980s, Hunger explores the life in Maze Prison where Republican inmates are protesting to regain their political status which was revoked by the British government a few years ago. After depicting much of the gruesome torture, the plot finally focuses on the events leading to the 1981 IRA hunger…
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.
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Finally, a prison movie that's not afraid to show the lighter side of incarceration.
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 Sands 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…
"I have my belief, and in all its simplicity that is the most powerful thing."
Steve McQueen's feature debut, Hunger, is a realistic and brutal portrayal of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) activists who are protesting their miserable treatment at the Belfast prison known as The Maze. Hunger is a challenging film to watch due to the brutal and unflinching portrayal of such a dark period in our recent history. If you have a weak stomach then you might want to stay away from this film because it is really gruesome. The way McQueen's camera captures the events and allows the images to tell the story is truly remarkable. We get extreme close ups of characters faces and hands that…
Incredibly difficult but amazing film. Steve McQueen is quickly rising to be one of the best directors working today. Michael Fassbender gives a stunning and very physical performance and that scene with the priest is fascinating. However I would've liked there to be a little more historical context in order for the emotional facet to have more impact. Not many Americans know what happened in Ireland during this time and why the prisoners were protesting and I feel like it would've slightly improved the movie if more historical context was given.
Expected big things. Didn't get them.
The most cheerful film on the planet.
UNBROKEN 👏🏻 17 👏🏻 MINUTE 👏🏻 LONG 👏🏻 SHOT 👏🏻
Michael Fassbender on losing 45 lbs for role: "I'm an actor now"...
Difficult to watch and yet impossible to look away from. Purposeful, deliberate, intense, and very, very powerful.
After half an hour of waiting for Michael Fassbender to make an appearance in this movie they cut off the main guy's beard and I realized it was him all along... Also Steve McQueen is a genius.
Silence is golden. Now, this cannot be said for all films, but with Hunger, Steve McQueen proves it to be true. It takes a good filmmaker to be able to a have minimal dialogue, and still keep your attention. At one point, a single conversation goes on, and the shot never changes. This was a daring technique that paid off. This film also depicted true pain and suffering to the point that it was uncomfortable to watch. I enjoyed this film, but it wasn’t as good as a story, as it could have been. This probably doesn’t make a lot of sense, but what I mean is, the story was powerful but it was not quite enough. As far as art and technique goes, it was stunning. With fantastic performances, and stellar cinematography, Steve McQueen proves he is a fantastic filmmaker and is a blessing to the entire industry.
Brutal, raw, and more often than not, outright disgusting, Steve McQueen delivers on his claim that, somehow, a film about an Irish Republican hunger strike against British rule, and in demand of the right of political prisoner status, is "not a political film": it's about the human body, freedom, and morality. Mercifully, it steers clear of the well worn biopic narrative (which is bold), and hence is often able to refrain from punching you in the face for long enough to politely ask questions about whether what Sands and the other inmates did was justified, rather than shoving the answers down your throat. Because of this, I now have absolutely no idea of my opinion of Bobby Sands' starvation, but I can tell you I saw it in excruciating detail, in glorious HD.
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