1. Hunger (2008)
Before director Steve McQueen would become a Best Picture Oscar winner for the groundbreaking 12 Years a Slave, he made his debut with the true story of the 1981 hunger strike at Maze Prison. In a humane approach, McQueen uses the character of IRA member Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) to explore the injustices of prison life and police brutality. From the shocking opening montage, of a constable dusting off his bruised knuckles readying for a day at work, to the visceral shots of naked inmates dragged to their cells, it’s a powerful debut. There’s such power, it’ll make you forget Michael Fassbender was in 300 the year before.
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