At the end of the day you wonder what happened to compassion. The elections of Reagan and Thatcher signaled a refusal by politicians to be seen as weak. The general consensus amongst conservatives was that the poor had been taking advantage of us. So Reagan ignored AIDS and freed the mentally ill. We still haven't had a compassionate leader. We let ourselves be ruled by fear mongers, war criminals, and the corrupt.
"Cos my life is a real life, not some theological exercise, some religious trick that's got fuck all to do with living. Jesus Christ had a backbone, but see them disciples, every disciple since, you're just jumping in and out of the rhetoric and dead-end semantics. You need the revolutionary, the political soldier, to give life a pulse, a direction..."
This happens in 1981/20th Century; Europe; Northern Ireland. You know what came into my mind immediately? 1775/18th Century; North America. The people were screaming: "To arms, to arms! The British are coming!" At last the Americans could get rid of the English red coats. Not so the Northern Irish People. 'The Troubles' never stopped, ethnic & sectarian separations still continue. Beyond belief, but ture.
Steve McQueen's sensibility and attention to detail is one of a kind!! Further implemented by Fassbender's nuanced portrayal of Bobby Sands, the political figure receives the attention he deserves yet at the same time he is a small part of this film; calling Hunger 'the story of Bobby Sands' is reductive of what Hunger is. Skip the synopsis and delve right into this great work of art.
A truly remarkable feat in cinema. McQueen is a master painter, creating so many emotions in the viewer without any unnecessary frills. Subtle, harrowing, poetic, deplorable, and majestic. He holds on shots beautifully, making you truly take in the moment and think about it to its very core. The fluidity of the composition is breathtaking and M.F. is at another level of the acting stratosphere. One of a kind.