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Hunger explores the life in Maze Prison where Republican inmates are protesting to regain their political status which was revoked by the British government a few years ago.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…
Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender are a golden duo. They deliver an intensity that is unmatched by any other actor/director duo I can think of. The fact that they can tell stories like Shame and Hunger without glamorizing the subject matter is just incredible. Again I found myself enveloped by the brutal honesty of the storytelling. The imagery will haunt me for years.
The conversation between Sands and the priest, and especially Fassbender's monologue halfway through this film more than make up for the lack of dialogue in the entire movie.
My god what a performance.
Sickening is the best way to describe some of the events in this film.
Fassbender delivers a performance that was without doubt deserving of a best actor win and his conversation with priest Liam Cunningham is one of the most captivating scenes in all the movies I've watched.
Great film. 4.5/5.
Very cruel movie. Loved how it was filmed. The conversation between Liam Cunningham and Michael Fassbender was some of the best acting and best dialogue I've seen in awhile.
In his directorial debut, Steve McQueen lays out the tone and style that will set him as one of the great modern filmmakers. He demonstrates the unflinching view on a very heavy subject matter, a description that would perfectly describe all of his films to date. The subject in this case would be the hunger strike against England demonstrated by Bobby Sands. It's a brutal topic worthy of the McQueen treatment, he is able to squeeze every last painful drop of blood and sweat out of the terrible situation through his excruciatingly effective techniques.
Close ups linger on bloody knuckles and wounds of both sides. A devastatingly long pan shows the shit smeared walls of the prisoners. A still camera…
I am not sure how many times I have released a big sigh during and after that final act. I am not sure I have seen a segment of a film that is so intense with little-to-no dialogue at all.
Not for the faint-hearted!
A great film, starring the greatest living Irish actor detailing one of the more difficult times in Irish/Northern Irish history.
A power film that shows the horrors of a prison amidst a protest. McQueen has some power lingering shots throughout the movie that are as captivating as they are horrific built on almost no dialogue. I do find the first 2/3rd of the film is a bit less focused than the last but Fassbender gives a torturous performance at the end that mostly makes up for it.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 196/776 (25%)