Wednesday, 5 February 2014

''Requiem for a Dream'' (2001 movie)- Review

Directed by:  Darren Aronofsky
Released: 2001
Country: United States

Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans

Genre: Drama

Rating: 4.5 out of 5


Watching ''Requiem for a Dream'' was perhaps quite an unforgettable experience. After watching it, it kept me thinking about it, pondering about it- it's one of the most depressing, one of the most unsettling, disturbing and intense films I have ever watched. This was not an easy film to watch- I had to look away several times because it was really graphic at times- and after watching it, I felt really depressed.

What will I say about this film? Did I ''like'' it? This is certainly one of the most intense and depressing films I have ever watched, and it is actually a great film. Unsettling, disturbing and depressing, it's a very powerful film.

The story is about four people. An elderly woman, Sara, who, as described by her son, is a ''TV junkie''. She has always wanted to be on TV. The character is played by Ellen Burstyn, who delivers an extremely powerful performance. Sara's son is Harry (played by Jared Leto). Hary's girlfriend is Marion (played by Jennifer Connelly of ''A Beautiful Mind''), the daughter of rich parents, and the other character in this film is Tyrone, Harry's friend, played by Marlon Wayans.

Sara gets a phone call informing her that she has been chosen as a contestant in a game show. Sara wants to get her youthful appearance back. She starts to follow a certain diet plan- but the thought of ''No sugar'' ''No dressing'' disappoints her. So she starts taking some pills to lose weight and to get a youthful appearance, and soon she starts increasing the dose of the pills she takes.

On the other hand, Harry, Marion and Tyrone start an illegal drug business, and they themselves are addicted...

The film tells the story how the dreams--- and the lives--- of these four people are completely shattered because of addiction.

Ellen Burstyn gives a powerful performance. Her character, Sara, is perhaps the most powerful character of this film. Her hallucinations, loneliness, and shattered dreams--- everything was presented so bleakly, so powerfully and painfully. Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly and Marlon Wayans are good as well. The cinematography and the background music were beautiful, and the editing was wonderful.

As I mentioned before, this is certainly among the most disturbing films I have ever watched. The horror of drug addiction is powerfully explored in this movie. As the four characters start getting drastically affected by the drugs, the film takes an intense turn, starting a disturbing journey that ends in a painful, depressing, powerful ending. There are several graphic scenes--- some scenes so disturbing that I couldn't bear looking--- and the overall film was so beautiful and powerful and intense and sad... it kept haunting me for a long time after I had finished watching it.

4.5 out of 5

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