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Hunger explores the life in Maze Prison where Republican inmates are protesting to regain their political status which was revoked by the British government a few years ago.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…
Great directorial debut.
Hunger is about being heard. The story basically revolves around Bobby Sanders, even though it kick starts from Raymond Lohan (Stuart Graham) enjoying the first meal of his day after washing off his wounds. But before that we hear people raging around, beating and thumping their respective plates, supporting the cause for a change.
The film desperately changes from being mute to immensly loud. For the first 30 odd minutes, the film consequently moves through these disarranged claustrophobic scenes of complete silence followed by insane rage.
When the snow-flakes or the filthy walls of the prison cell don’t talk, McQuen resorts to brutality; not because he wishes his audiences to walk-away or hide their faces as they cringe their way through it, but because it creates an emotionally relevant wound into their psyche even when the political status or the war of the Irish Republican Army has nothing to do with them.
Steve McQueen has an amazing eye for composition and is never anything but confident behind the camera, even in this, his debut film. He had me from frame one. While the third act stuck out for me as the weak point at first, I now view it as essential. This film is a knockout.
While the film was not easy to watch at times, it is beautifully constructed and shot. The scene between Bobby and the priest is raw and simple but powerful. Brilliant.
My only gripe towards this film is the slow place. Other than that, it was wonderful. Steve McQueen is on his way to be one of the best director's of our generation.
Brutale nel contenuto, delicato nella forma. Rifletto sul fatto che Hunger è il primo film del regista e la mia mente vacilla. McQueen ti ammutolisce quando gira; Fassbender quando recita. Un film che non ti dimenticherai mai più.
I wanna die after watching this but it was good
3 stars because michael fassbender is a god and because he stared into my soul for 7 minutes and i realised what heaven must look like.
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