Directed by Steve McQueen
By its sheer silence, its utter violence and powerful cinematic vision I was left awestruck by this film. McQueen’s watchful eye, careful detailing and thorough execution of the intricate real-life scenes (of the hunger strike) is a journey unto itself that parallels a meticulous, well-written novel. Michael Fassbender’s transformation as Bobby Sands is a work of self-discipline that reflects no less than an ingenious collaboration between actor and filmmaker. The Troubles in Northern Ireland is a broad story, but McQueen as writer and director focused on a moment, on a goal, in order to create a unifying subject. He delights in the truth and does not embellish it for the audiences’ caprice. Truly, he is a filmmaker to be reckoned with.