Posted on 10/04/11 03:34 PM
After eagerly awaiting the Criterion Collection release of Steve McQueen's debut film, I'm pleased to announce it was worth the wait. I can't say "Hunger" isn't without flaws, but the storytelling and visuals are haunting and brilliant and the film introduces audiences to a new filmmaker to watch for in the future.
The film follows the events of the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, with main focus being on an individual named Bobby Sands. One of the greatest praises has to go to Michael Fassbinder for his brave and daunting performance as well as his radical body transformation to fulfill his role as Bobby. The rest of the cast is quite fantastic as the majority of them don't have many lines of dialogue but deliver their performances the old fashion way, through body language. I mentioned the visuals earlier and can assure you that your eyes will be glued to the gorgeous images on the screen, while the artistry will have you beckoning and undoubtedly lure you into multiple viewings.
One of the most horrifying thoughts is the realization that not only did this happen but happened it did in the not too distant past, within many of our lifetimes. The only place I thought the picture may have fallen short is in the depiction of the events that followed. There wasn't any. Although this very well may have been intentional, as to keep the audience focused more on the broad artistic study rather than the driving events of the narrative. This will definitely have you pondering for days afterward, and for that and multiple other reasons, I highly recommend catching this one immediately...