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…
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…
"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.…
Solid movie. Awesome dialogue between Bobby and that priest.
Ebert once said something to the effect of 'if the Troubles had been fought with movies, then the IRA would've been victorious a long time ago.' But most films are fiction, and even documentaries make discrete choices about the narrative they present. There's a level of distance, whatever they make you feel. Hunger seeks to remove that distance, that safety net, by being as brutally and unflinchingly close to the kind of pain most other films would save for the second act stretch, or elide altogether. It's breathtakingly, horrifyingly successful. Steve McQueen's camera shoots the infamous Maze Prison and its inhabitants, guards and prisoners alike, the way someone else might cover Chernobyl - fascinated by the architecture, the detail, the…
Woah. Movie is about the 1981 hunger strike in Ireland. You get Michael Fassbender playing Provisional IRA member that goes on a hunger strike while being imprisoned at HM Prison Maze. You don't get much dialogue in this movie, but what the movie lacks in dialogue makes up for in amazing cinematography (some of the best I can think of). It's almost like the shots in this movie tell the story more than any dialogue could do. You do get one scene that has 15 minutes straight of talking almost all in one continues shot. In the end you get one of the most incredible directorial debuts of all time from Steve McQueen.
Visceral, gripping, ambitious, McQueen's best film. Fassbender is immense.
Through harsh sequences of violence and police brutality, McQueen effectively dramatizes the Irish/English conflict in a way that generates the maximum amount of impact... until he doesn't. There are several scenes that, while impressive from a technical standpoint, skew dangerously close to self-indulgence; a nearly twenty-minute long-take is breathtaking to witness, but it completely removes you from the film. Although McQueen has learned to police his artistic flourishes in later, more accomplished works, "Hunger" is still a brutally honest and exceptionally-acted prison drama with individual moments of greatness that deserve to be seen.
Trapped In The Maze
Hunger is a minimalistic film by Steve McQueen, the director of Shame and 12 Years a Slave. You get the sense in this film that you are living from multiple characters perspectives. I thought the focus on the sound, silence, mood, and space had a very provocative effect. This gave the film a gritty and visceral aesthetic.
This film portrays one of the most brutal prisons in the history of civilized humanity. In this prison Irish freedom fighters are being held and stripped of their dignity and rights as prisoners of war. The film really gives the audience a frame of reference. There is a focus on sensory detail. It is about "the maze" the worst…
Hunger is a film by Steve McQueen, that magnifies the terror and horror of prison life in Northern Ireland in the 1900’s. This life was terrifying because of the treatment that the men endure during their prison stay and it was horrifying because of their living conditions in the prison.
Well, some may say that they are in prison for a crime or crimes that they have committed and therefore they should be mistreated. I say that being mistreated is one thing but to be totally stricken of any type of humanity is another thing. If I were them I believe that I would have whether been executed or shot then to have been treated in such indecent ways.…
As in 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen tries to make a brutal, raw, powerful movie. And while it's good and very well acted, it's just not brutal or powerful enough to really go beyond. There's something Steve McQueen is not doing good enough in his violence and brutality that it feels almost gentle. It's still an exciting film with a great atmosphere.
I have my belief, and in all its simplicity that is the most powerful thing.
Hunger is a film that explores the depths of human will within the vestiges of the Maze Prison during The Troubles in Ireland. As a viewer, you witness humanity in its fullest as well as its deprivation; you sit, a silent spectator, forced to sit idly as horrible atrocities occur all around, as the prisoners are denied their political title and are humiliated, beat, and forced to live in the utmost vile living conditions possible. The film details the life of Bobby Sands, an Irish Republican leader in the last few weeks of his life, documenting the events leading up to the hunger strike, the…
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 190/768 (25%)…
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