Requiem for a Dream (2000)
USA / English
"From the director of [Pi]
"The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control.
The film-making quality is secondary- this film makes you FEEL
Often hype about films lead to disappointment and after waiting 14 months
after release for my local cinema to show this film, I was done thinking
about it. Thank goodness too, rather than challenge my brain (not hard to do
unfortunately) this film went straight for the heart, ripped it out and
kicked it around the floor for 90 minutes.
As the addictions plunged further into the depths of Hell, I felt myself
more and more arrested by the film. I've never left a film shaking or
feeling physically ill- not including Pearl Harbour, of course :) You want
to look away, but cannot.
This movie is by no means flawless, but then again I would like to hope that
the flaws add to the gritty reality of the film. The ending was truly the
most frightening thing I have ever seen in film- forget the cheap scares of
The Exorcist, Psycho and the endless bile of the 'slasher flick', this stuff
In a country amid a 'war against drugs' this is a powerful film which could
do more to turn kids away from drugs than any measly government "task-force"
or classroom lecture.