Requiem for a Dream (2000)

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And you should see my Harry on Television. We’re giving the prizes away. I JUST WANTED TO BE ON THE SHOW.

— Sara Goldfrab

Requiem for a Dream is the first Darren Aronofsky picture that I have seen. I have not had to chance to view π yet, but I want to see the early beginning of this genius filmmaker. It is currently the #66 Top Film of All Time on IMDb. This film based on the novel by Hubert Shelby, Jr. was critically acclaimed for its unflinching look at drug addiction and how it will destroy your life.

Ellen Bustryn received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for playing Sara Goldfarb, a lonely widow that longs to get on television. She only watches Tappy Tibbons (Christopher McDonald), a self-help guru that she wants to meet.

Her son, Harry (Jared Leto) is hooked on heroin and cocaine with his girlfriend, Marion (Jennifer Connelly) and his friend, Tyrone (Marlon Wayans). They are constantly finding ways to score. Harry and Tyrone come up with a plan to buy some grade A coke and sell it for a huge profit in order for Marion to open her own design studio.

One day, Sara receives a call that she has won a chance to be on TV. Upon hearing the news, she wants to fit in her red dress with gold shoes. The problem is that she is not able to fit into the dress anymore. One of her friends suggested that she go to Dr. Pill (Peter Maloney) to get diet pills. Little does she know that they are uppers.

As the movie progresses, we see the downward spiral into drug addiction. Seeing their lives dismantled before our eyes.

It has been a while since I have seen this movie. I love the raw human emotions expressed here by all of the actors. You felt claustrophobic as you caught a glimpse of what its like to be a drug addict.

That’s not to say that this movie is not showing its age, it does. The repeated drug taking sequences would get on your nerves. The super speed shots and the fish-eye camera lens are played out.

Judgment: A great deconstruction of addiction and its side effects.

Rating: ****1/2

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Posted on October 12, 2009, in 2000, Academy Award Nominee, Crime, Drama, Running Feature, Top 250 of All Time on IMDB and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. This truly one of the most disturbing movies I have ever seen, but also one of the best. I’m certain I would watch it on a more frequent basis, but for weeks after I watch it, it still bothers me.

    Ellen Burstyn gave one of the most memorable performances of all time in this. It’s an embarrassment to the Academy that they gave the Oscar to Julia freakin’ Roberts.

    I still hang my head in utter dismay.

    If you liked Aronofsky’s style I also recommend Pi. A very peculiar but interesting flick.

    • I agree with you, Ellen was excellent towards the end of the movie. Julia only won because of the hype and she dressed like a slut.

      I watched a little of Erin Brockovich earlier this week. She was okay. Travesty.

      The Academy doesn’t know shit about good performances or great films. Shame on them.

  2. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH @ “she dressed like a slut”

  3. Claustrophobic is one of the best adjectives I’ve heard to describe this film. Aronofsky is relentless in his view of the world of narcotics and doesn’t even bother letting his viewers think there’s a way out. Great review!

  4. Holy Mother of God! On of the most fucked up films I’ve ever seen! The consequences of an overdose are just to much to bare!

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