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Hunger-2008
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Hunger

2008
Drama
1h 36m
The last six weeks of the life of the Irish republican hunger striker Bobby Sands. (imdb)
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94th
9
Despicable, disgusting, dehumanising. McQueen pulls no punches in "Hunger", which effortlessly switches between main characters twice (!) in the first 30 minutes, and is ridiculously well photographed with an eye for off-kilter framings and compositions both complex and simple. Impressive mix of on the one hand disgusting, raw scenes of violence and degrading treatment of prisoners - and on the other slower, meditative dialogue scenes (especially the one in the middle).
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79th
90
Hunger is a potent, impressive and well-made travel into the center of madness. A very realistic re-imagining of the rebeling 1981 Irish hunger strike and final moments of their principal, most important associate Bobby Sands. May I say that the prolonged conversation between Bobby and Dom is incredibly well-done. Affecting, shocking, distressing and unspeakably painful to see, Hunger is a stunning film that is one of the best of 2008 and proves McQueen is a spectacular man.
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41st
53
Glossy, technically invested, certainly does a lot to visualize its subject matter, but in terms of content I guess you could call it malnourished. We see the IRA guy getting mistreated in prison for a while, then there's a passable 20-minute dialogue between him and a priest, most of it in a single, carefully lit long-shot, and then we spend another while seeing what he looks like starving. It does well what it does, but I tend to look for more in cinema.
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92nd
9
This was a directorial debut? McQueen better not be a one hit wonder as I want to see more from him as this movie seemed to be the work of a veteran. "Hunger" offers some of the best photography you will see in a film which only compliments the starved script. Michael Fassbender sets a new epitome for commitment to an actors role in film. Brutal to watch but you'll leave feeling like you have gorged on something wonderful.
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30th
60
Slightly disgusting tale of prison protests. While the middle reel is good, the discussion between Don and a priest, the film as a whole didn't do much for me. I had trouble feeling sympathy for the prisoners as they seemed to be protesting petty stuff from my stand point, and in the worst possible ways for themselves. Obviously the guards and cops were complete bastards but it takes more than that to give me proper empathy for their cause...
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