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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but thought it would be better, 14 April 2005
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This review is from: Requiem for a Dream [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Ok, Requiem for a Dream. When I bought it, I thought it would be an extraordinary film, judging by so many five stars. It was good, thought-provoking but not a masterpiece. The story revolves around 3 friends who are trying to live the "good" life by injecting and smoking as many drugs as they can. Ellen Burstyn plays Sara Goldfarb, the depressed mother of Harry (Jared Leto) who's husband has died. Her luck suddenly seems to change when she gets a call from a tv show called "Juice" inviting her onto the show.
So, in order to lose weight and look her best, she decides to start taking diet pills. Of course, she becomes addicted and starts to hallucinate. While all this is happening Harry, his friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) and Harry's girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) come up with a way of earning some quick and hard cash by selling drugs on the street. They begin to realise, however, that they aren't the only ones selling and start to receive alot of competition and errr....more violent wake-up calls.
The friendship goes to pieces, with Harry having to have his arm chopped off because gangrene or something similar has turned it septic, Tyrone is vomiting and hallucinating in prison and Jennifer starts going mad because there are no drugs around for her. Therefore, she needs to make money by having sex and performing for an audience by participating in a lesbian sex scene to feed her addiction. Sara and Harry's relationship also goes down the drain, with her having to have ECT treatment to get cured and turning 20 years older in the process.
The acting is very good, no problems there, and the style of quick cuts from scene to scene is innovative. I especially found the scenes where Sara's fridge is attacking her and Jennifer having sex with another girl at a party particularly effective in demonstrating how drugs can ruin people's lives in the long-run. Good extras on the DVD with deleted scenes, commentaries, interviews, tv spots, trailer, etc. A powerful, ambitious anti-drug film which was just that little bit lacking for me. I found Trainspotting to be a more complete film overall.
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