This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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Hunger explores the life in Maze Prison where Republican inmates are protesting to regain their political status which was revoked by the British government a few years ago.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…
After I watched this, I smoked a cigarette and ate a snack.
Extremely depressing but a near perfect film!
Steve McQueen probably makes the most consistently bleak films of any filmmaker I can think of. And yet they are all completely fascinating for I think two reasons. One is that while he does delve on the suffering of his characters in a massive amount it never feels gratuitous or touristy. There's just a hard-to-describe feeling of honesty and good intention about his films. The second reason is much simpler - he just knows how to strip away absolutely all of the fluff and give you the story and nothing else, and yet you could never call the films plain or dull. That's actually a lot harder than it sounds. And Hunger is like that: simple, brutal, honest, certainly hard to watch at times and expertly put together.
After watching this, I can't believe that Michael Fassbender didn't get at least an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
Kudos for the make up department for making the wounds so real and making me feel things (generally I don't feel anything while watching a movie).
Still doesn't top Shame for me, but it was very very close.
I repeat....where is Michael Fassbender's Oscar?
RIP Bobby Sands. If anyone can find the screenplay, read that 17 min scene played expertly by Fassbender and Cunningham. Flawless writing and acting. Solid debut from McQueen.
Poderosos silencios y poderosas palabras cuando este se rompe. McQueen deja en Hunger que las imágenes sean las que cuenten la historia y lo hace fenomenal. Fassbender está fantástico como Sands, por cierto.
It's refusal to talk, and then its refusal to stop talking, then its refusal again to talk steals away from the story of Sands refusal to eat and ends in a frustrating attempt at an ambitiously minimalist telling of a tragic story. Fassbender is as usual tremendous, but that is the only bright spot of hunger, even if McQueen would go on to make a worthy Oscar winner.
Complete list. :-(
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…