is a 2008 British movie, the first to be directed by artist Steve McQueen (no relation to the 60's action star
). It involves Irish prisoners of The Troubles
, and the various ways they protest, starting with "no-wash" protests and ending in hunger strikes and stars Irish actor Michael Fassbender
.Not to be confused
with the Prototype fanfic
of the same name
, or with the 1983 movie The Hunger
Tropes used in Hunger include:
- Doing It for the Art: DEAR GOD. Michael Fassbender dropped over thirty pounds to accurately portray Sands, and co-star Liam Cunningham actually moved in with Fassbender for a while so they could rehearse their seventeen-minute long conversation. It took four takes.
- Fan Disservice: Continually naked men would be appealing to some, except they're unwashed, unnaturally thin, and often abused by prison officers.
- Foregone Conclusion: The American DVD box tells you that it involves "[Bobby] Sands' last days." Needless to say, he dies in the end.
- Leave the Camera Running: Long shots of walls, corridors, hands, etc. being washed.
- Imagine Spot: Just before Bobby Sands dies he vividly experiences a memory of him jogging in the woods as a child.
- Invulnerable Knuckles: Averted, prison officer Raymond hurts his hand pretty badly after punching the wall by accident.
- Mercy Kill: Bobby tells the story of an injured foal that he and his friends found at a young age. And that he took the initiative to end its suffering, knowing that it was the right thing to do.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Some of the prisoners get brutally beaten by a collection of riot officers.
- The Oner: Several count as Leave the Camera Running. Particularly notable is a scene where Bobby Sands and his priest discuss the upcoming hunger strike; it goes for 17 and a half minutes, a record length.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Almost. Bobby Sands dies, 9 more men die after him, and their goal (the status of political prisoner) is never completely accomplished. They do, however, get equivalent rights granted to the prisoners.
- Silence Is Golden: Much of the film goes by with little to no dialogue.
- The Troubles
- Viewers Are Geniuses: The movie never stops to explain why the prisoners refuse to wash, wear blankets, etc. Heck, even what Irish Republicanism is is barely mentioned in the film
- As the film is British, most of its viewers would be aware of Northern Ireland's political history and the wash protests and hunger strikes.