I can't believe it's been over 40 reviews since I started this movie submission idea. It's been a blast so far as I've seen many great films, even though some of them have been less than stellar (I'm looking at you Greg).
Requiem for a Dream is one of the most fascinating and horrifying films I've ever seen. The film centers around the lives of four individuals caught up in a world of their addictions. Harry, his girlfriend, and his best friend are hooked on heroin and hold little regard for who they hurt to get their fix. After stealing his mother's television, which she ends up buying back from the pawn shop, Harry tries to score a deal with a large shipment of smack heading into town. The delivery goes awry and the three of them take desperate measures to score a fix. Harry has his girlfriend sleep with a dealer for a small bag for example.
His mother goes to the doctor to try and find a solution to her weight problem only to be prescribed an appetite suppressive which is basically speed. Naive to drugs she pops them on a routine basis and can't come to grips with her withdrawals. Struggling with what's happening to her the doctor keeps upping her dosage and sending her further down a spiral of pain.
I won't give away the ending, but I can tell you this is quite possibly the most depressing film I've ever seen. It's a visual masterpiece that really sucks you in to the world of addicts mind. I was impressed by the acting and the pacing is done really well considering the story is nothing more than a look in life of people who commit themselves to the world of drugs. I firmly believe that they should show this film in high school substance abuses classes rather than those stupid funky films of people hacking up their spouses after smoking a joint.
I highly recommend this film, though I doubt anyone will have the courage to see it more than once.
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"Conveys, visually, sonically and dramatically, the siren call of addiction like no other movie has." - Terry Lawson