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Hunger

(DVD - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Hunger


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In Northern Ireland's Maze prison in 1981, 27-year-old Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands went on a hunger strike to protest the British government's refusal to recognize him and his fellow IRA inmates as political prisoners. A transcedent depiction of what a human being is willing to endure in order to be heard.
Title: Hunger
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] :, Criterion Collection,, c2009.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.+,1 booklet.
Notes: Special features: Video interviews with McQueen and actor Michael Fassbender; short documentary on the making of Hunger, including interviews with McQueen, Fassbender, actors Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham and Brian Milligan, writer Enda Walsh, and producer Robin Gutch ; "The Provos' last card?:" a 1981 episode of the BBC program Panorama, about the Maze prison hunger strikes and the political and civilian reactions across Northern Ireland; trailer. A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Chris Darke.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2008.
Summary: In Northern Ireland's Maze prison in 1981, 27-year-old Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands went on a hunger strike to protest the British government's refusal to recognize him and his fellow IRA inmates as political prisoners. A transcedent depiction of what a human being is willing to endure in order to be heard.
ISBN: 1604652349
9781604652345
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Report This Feb 23, 2014
  • NightGoat72 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Steve McQueen is a hack who makes incredibly boring, empty films. He fixates on the minutiae of misery and degradation with no compassion or empathy.

Report This Nov 23, 2012
  • offsanantonio rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It was so difficult to see all the suffering and brutality but I felt I had to see it through to the end to honor the film and those who endured it in real life.

Report This Sep 24, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This movie was like "In the Name of the Father" on steroids. It depicts the absolute torture of IRA prisoners and the prisoner rebellion because they were treated as criminals rather than political prisoners. The depiction of Bobby Sands wasting away during his 66 day hunger strike is devastating. The long dialog with the priest trying to talk Bobby Sands out of his plan to starve himself to death is a highlight of the film.

what did they want again ?

Report This Aug 12, 2012
  • xaipe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a difficult and painful movie to watch. It portrays the period of the "troubles" in northern Ireland and is set in the infamous Maze prison in the early 1980's (Bobby Sands died in May of 1981). Michael Fassbender, who plays Sands, lost a lot of weight for the part and he is riveting. The script has very little dialogue; the acting carries the story forward. The movie's sympathies are not only with the 10 Irish Republicans who pledged to fast to death until the British military occupation ended, but also some of the guards who witness their inhumane treatment. Sands was the first to die, and his death, followed by 9 others, forced the British government to capitulate. This is a truly exceptional movie.

Report This Aug 08, 2012
  • Janice21383 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Is it me, or does Michael Fassbender not look Irish? Yes, he's half, but I would have guessed any other northern European nationality first. In any case, he's believable as a dying young man with a dying cause. Generally, Hunger is a well-acted, art schoolish film that verges on brutality porn. Director Steve McQueen is not above using an old B-movie standby: every time characters turn on the radio, there's a story relevant to them.

Report This May 28, 2012
  • carolannbagan rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

painful for those who loved and were love by bobby. showed the brutalitity of long kesh (the maze). i lived through the stupidity that was and is "the troubles". i wouldn't wish the ugliness that that era was on my worst enemy. hopefully now that "peace" has come to my troubled home peopel will see northern ireland for the beauty spot it really is.

Report This May 22, 2012
  • btmslt rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A gruesome tale and an interesting look at life in prison. This film is rather slow moving which both adds to it's intensity but at times makes it less interesting.

Report This May 03, 2012
  • elag24 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Grim and beautiful at the same time.

Cinematography was excellent. A straight forward film, somewhat hard to watch. I would have like to have seen more of a story about how he ended up in prison and the IRA, but the film focuses on his time in prison.

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Report This Sep 24, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

voisjoe1 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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