“There is no such thing as political murder, political bombing, political violence. There is only criminal murder, criminal bombing, and criminal violence. There will be no political status.” – By Margaret Thatcher
It is shocking and disturbing. We are talking about the IRA volunteers, prisoners that had never received the status of political prisoners. They were so strong about their cause that they found themselves with no choice but to do a hunger strike. The astonishing performance of Michael Fassbender playing Bobby Sands shows us the decay of a human body in an agonizing and slow road to death because the British government under Margaret Thatcher’s command refused to give them back their status of political activists and political prisoners. Only after 10 deaths, they regained some rights but no recognition for their political status. On the other hand, the director shows the other side of the bars, and how miserable some men working with those prisoners were felling. Hunger makes a dialogue with Steve McQueen’s other movie, Shame.