As a work of work its ok, the depiction of life inside the maze is in your face full on viewing. The performances are intense and claustrophobic. But there is no real poliital context to whats happening outside in the real world. Sands believed in murder as a political expediency. The Provisonal IRA murdered and maimed and he himself was in prison for breaking the law. Neither him nor PIRA had any thing other than fringe political support, until he started his process of self harming so he could portray himself as one of a generation fo earlier hunger strikers.The irony of his death was that he breathed life into the IRA when it was on its last legs. Such is the political sophistication of the electorate at that time that they would vote for some one who is starving himself to death so he can pretend to be a POW and be awarded some kind of political legimitacy for shooting and blowing up other people. The movie does not show how the IRA indiscrimiately murdered prison officers or how the hunger strike came to an end. The movies real flaw is that it helps those who want to creat a mythology about the hunger strikers, that they are in some how martyrs. The reality is that they were shabby, political pygmyies infused with grandiose notions about a world they wanted to foist on the rest of us.I wonder what all that mayhem was for, all that murder, this movie merely panders to how the terrorists would like to see themselves. Just because Sands died for a cause does not make any more worthy.This movie tries to ennoble Sands, he does not deserve this movie and I suspect future Irish history will not be kind to him.
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