Hunger (2008)HD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
Film debut from British artist Steve McQueen, "Hunger" follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland, with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding Bobby Sands' 1981 IRA Hunger Strike. With an epic eye for detail, McQuenn provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. "Once upon a better time, there were audiences who looked for hardscrabble movies that pushed them out of their comfort zones into uncharted territory. Hunger is such a movie. It's an artistic triumph...a sensory wallop... Shockingly immediate and philosophically reflective... an indelibly moving tribute to what makes us human" -Travers, Rolling Stone. "I've seen "Hunger" three times...with each screening the spectacle of violence, suffering, and pain becomes more awful and more awe-inspiring" -Hoberman, Village Voice. Best Film- Chigago Film Festival. From IFC Films.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 124
- Fresh: 112
- Rotten: 12
- Average Rating: 7.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: With calm, deliberate attention -- an approach at once compassionate and dispassionate -- Hunger explores physical extremity and political extremism.
Fresh: Shockingly immediate and philosophically reflective, Hunger is an indelibly moving tribute to what makes us human.
Fresh: A mesmerizing 96 minutes of cinema, one of the truly extraordinary filmmaking debuts of recent years.
Fresh: It's a strength of this carefully composed, almost obsessively controlled picture that it has no interest in the conventional biographical focus on a subject.
This is one of those rare films that can glue your eyes to the screen while making you wish you could look away. It's beautiful in its ugliness, if that makes any sense. It not only induces waves of raw emotion, but it also makes you think. Is this really the world that we live in? Who's right, who's wrong? I've seen many movies about the Holocaust, and many movies that replay the horrors of war and famine. But 'Hunger' is different. It reaches you on another, more personal level; it digs deeper.
When I first realized that this movie was longer than 90 minutes I laughed thinking, this will be another dragged out horror that won't end... I was horribly mistaken. This movie was not only beautifully crafted, but it also showed just how far we as humans would go with nothing to eat. The characters themselves were well casted and the choice of relatively unknowns made it feel all the more real. I watched this movie late at night ready, and expecting, to fall asleep but by the end I was on the edge of my seat.
The slow progression of insanity that was brought on by food deprivation, makes you as the viewer think, how far will you go in a situation like that. Although the brutality was right on track, the real horror came from witnessing relatively sane people turn into complete savages over a thirty day peiod.
This movie is a must see and something that will continue to EAT at you long after watching it!
Another miserable, depressing, self pitying film about the Irish.
And boring to boot.