Hunger – Movie Review
The film stars Michael Fassbender as Bobby Sands, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) (Bobby Sands was not a member of the IRA he was a member of the Irish National Liberation Army but acted with the IRA as part of a broader Irish Republican movement within the Long Kesh prison where this movie occurs) member who led the 1981 Irish hunger strike and participated in the no wash protest (led by Brendan “The Dark” Hughes) in which Republican prisoners tried to win political status. It dramatises events in the Maze prison in the six weeks prior to Sands death.
“Hunger” is a movie that I would like to like, a lot more than I did. It basically — it focuses on the IRA and Bobby Sands, who was actually not a member of the IRA. He was a member of the National Liberation Army. But he acted with the IRA as part of a larger movement. He led the 1981 Irish hunger strike, and participated in the no wash protest. This is a grueling, difficult film to watch. Maybe if I were Irish, I would feel more strongly about it. But I thought it was a very difficult film, that was passionately inspired, but not much fun to watch. I would give it two stars.