Watch this movie only if you don’t mind leaving your comfort zone. The name Bobbie Sands and the hunger strikes in Northern Ireland’s Maze prison in the early 1980’s were only a vague memory before watching Hunger. No longer – the film is haunting and confronting and it is difficult to forget the agony of a young man of 27 wasting away to draw attention to the demands of the IRA inmates to be recognised as political prisoners entitled to rights under the rules of war.
The film treads a middle path showing neither sympathy to the plight of the terrorists nor rallying to their cause but giving equal time to both sides of the story. The prison guards faced dangers not only within the prison but were subject to assassination attempts in their private lives.
The film is harrowing but unforgettable with an outstanding portrayal of Bobbie Sands by Michael Fassbender.