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Released: 2008

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 1 hr 31 min

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Steve McQueen

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Stuart Graham, Liam Cunningham, Liam McMahon, Helena Bereen, Lalor Roddy, Rory Mullen, Larry Cowan, Dennis McCambridge, Laine Megaw, Brian Milligan, Steve McQueen

Uncompromising account of a fatal hunger strike led by Irish Republican Army prisoners. The film marks the feature directorial debut of video artist Steve McQueen.


Review by: MiamiMovieCritic

Added: 8 years ago

Steve McQueen's Hunger is perhaps the most harrowing experience I've ever had in a movie theater. (I have yet to see Lars Von Trier's Antichrist.) It details the 1981 hunger strike by Irish Republican Army members. The strike was led by Bobby Sands, who succumbed after 66 days of starvation. McQueen, an acclaimed video artist, takes an almost unbearably realistic approach. The brutality of the guards, scenes of prisoners painting the walls of their cells with feces, and Bobby's horrible emaciation have a you-are-there immediacy and shock. Hanging over the entire film is the Orwellian voice of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher: cold, uncaring, the relentless logic of the state carrying out its bloody goals. The closing scenes of Bobby running through the woods as a boy are among the most moving I've ever witnessed. McQueen has made one of the most remarkable directorial debuts since Roman Polanski's Knife in the Water.