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Year
2008
Runtime
96 min.
Director
Steve McQueen
Genres
Drama, Biography
Rating *
7.6
Votes *
40,440
Checks
8,936
Favs
836
Dislikes
55
Favs/checks
9.4% (1:11)
Favs/dislikes
15:1
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  1. greenhorg's avatar

    greenhorg

    This is a movie like Citizen Kane or I Am Cuba where the director deliberately and ambitiously experiments with filmmaking choices. (e.g. very little dialogue, then an uninterrupted 20 minute cut of dialogue; main character not introduced until middle of movie, etc). Steve McQueen is one to look out for. 8 years 4 months ago
  2. the3rdman's avatar

    the3rdman

    Unflinching and unsentimental. McQueen is very good at examining the dehumanizing qualities of the prison apparatus, for both the prisoners and the warders/law enforcement officers. The contrast between the brutality of the first half of the film and the almost sanctified treatment of Sands during his hunger strike is fascinating; while the early resistance of the prisoners results in reactionary violence, the internalization of violence by the hunger-strikers upon their own bodies complicates and disturbs the cycle. Care is taken to provide every comfort for Sands as he literally wastes away. But why? The film is ultimately extremely ambiguous; a necessity, perhaps, considering the troubling subject.
    I don't think that McQueen was attempting to present a "compelling story," at least not in the narrative sense. It seems to me to be a reflection on the prison institution, ideological fervour, and their effect on the body. More horrifying than "beautiful," and, although spare, conceptually complex.
    8 years ago
  3. V012's avatar

    V012

    Usually I respect other people's tastes and opinions but anyone who does not see the impeccable, intense and artistic structure of this film must be blind. 6 years 8 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #50 in Time Out's The 100 Best British Films
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  2. This movie ranks #89 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
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  3. This movie ranks #121 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists
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  4. This movie ranks #558 in The Criterion Collection
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  5. This movie ranks #631 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
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