Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
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.
Very little dialogue, the visuals vividly speak for themselves! Startling with its brave portrayal of brutality and inhumanity! I winced with every blow that struck flesh! The winces soon gave way to tears as I witnessed a human life waste away pound by pound until he was so emaciated he was nothing but skin and bones!
A gut wrenching experience!
Film was recommended via my Movie Request Hotline list by Sir William of Letterboxd! Thank you Will for this awesome request!
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Hunger explores the life in Maze Prison where Republican inmates are protesting to regain their political status which was revoked by the British government a few years ago.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.
PTAbro's World Tour Stop 1: Ireland
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…
A hunger....for Oscars. Don't worry Fassbender, your time will come.
Dura de cojones.
Yo vi antes "Shame" y se nota la mano de McQueen, esos planos laaaaargos, esos planos detalle que aquí se acentúan mucho más. Impresiona a ratos pero le falta demasiado poco para pasar de gran película a coñazo. Y aunque todo el mundo habla del plano de la conversación, al que no le quito mérito, a mi me ha impresionado sobremanera el plano aéreo de él en la cama.
Holy heck! This film surpassed my expectations in every way. A grueling, exhausting and absolutely brutal film in every way. The 17 minute single take conversation scene into the close up of Micheal Fassbender recounting his childhood experience was especially awesome. The film rewards a long attention span and a tough stomach with Fassbender's amazing portrayal of self sacrifice for the sake of peace and freedom.
Although it contains some good scenes like the riot control, the hunger strike discussion with the priest, and the scenes at the end where the protagonist is suffering, it also contains a ridicilous amount of fluff. A 5 minute long scene of a guard washing a hallway adds very little value to me, even though I get what it's meant to display.
The film is supposed to depict prison life as dull by making the film dull as well, which makes it a pain to watch.
What a bummer. I've yet to see Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave, but from what I've seen in Shame and now Hunger, he's a man who has a definite grasp on human desires and needs and the drives - both mental and physical- that accompany them. Hunger turned into doom/gloom-porn by the second act, but it's still amazing to see how far these individuals - both the IRA protesters and the actors - pushed themselves for a purpose. It'd be interesting to see how this film pairs up with Yann Demange's '71, which just came out this year and is about the same incidents/events.
visually interesting, but hard to stay invested.
If you think you've seen Fassbender, and you haven't seen this film, you haven't seen Fassbender.
Heavy as a really heavy thing.
Steve McQueen's quiet and stylized re-telling of the tragic and historical 1981 Irish Hunger Strike led by the IRA's Bobby Sands is less political than many had expected. McQueen offers no stance regarding the cause or tactics of the late 1970's IRA. He offers no direct commentary of Thatcher's method of handling Ireland's challenges.
None of this is really the focus for McQueen. This is really about the seemingly limitless amount of cruelty humans inflict upon each other.
But it is impossible not to convey some blame toward Thatcher's England in the way The Maze prison and its enforcers are shown.
The level of brutality, cruelty and the almost insane level of dedication to a cause is shown graphically and…
This is a film which is not in a rush. There is a 20 minute segment in the middle, a dialogue of a mere three shots which, despite being two people talking, is cinematic as fuck. And that is because in Fassbender and Liam Cunningham, you've got two masters of cinematic actorryness.
(I've only seen Cunningham in maybe three or four films, and he's always doing the same thing, The Wind that Shakes the Barley being the most obvious, but he's great in The Guard as well).
The problem is, I grew up in Birmingham, living on "the mainland" while the IRA were wrapping explosives in bags of nails and blowing people up on a family day out. If you…
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 194/776 (25%)