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Blu-Ray Review: Galvanizing ‘Hunger’ Paints Unforgettable Portrait of Revolt

12 February 2010 9:24 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Here’s an art house film more visceral and unsettling than any run-of-the-mill mainstream bloodbath. It’s the feature debut of visual artist Steve McQueen, an unfortunate name for anyone who doesn’t happen to be the star of “Bullitt.” His previous work has been confined to art galleries, and there are countless shots in “Hunger” that could function as standalone artworks.

Though his film may seem fragmented at first, it holds together triumphantly, and packs an overwhelming punch. It immediately solidifies McQueen’s status as one of the most promising filmmakers of our time, proving that he will surely overcome his name. With a hypnotic attention to detail, “Hunger” depicts the events surrounding the 1981 Ira (Irish Republican Army) Hunger Strike that took place in Northern Ireland’s notorious Maze prison. Ira inmates, led by Bobby Sands, went on the strike to protest the British government’s refusal to grant them political status. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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