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Requiem for a Dream
Year:
2000
Country:
USA
Genre:
Drama
IMDB rating:
8.4
Director:
Darren Aronofsky
Ellen Burstyn as Sara Goldfarb
Jared Leto as Harry Goldfarb
Jennifer Connelly as Marion Silver
Marlon Wayans as Tyrone C. Love
Christopher McDonald as Tappy Tibbons
Janet Sarno as Mrs. Pearlman
Suzanne Shepherd as Mrs. Scarlini
Joanne Gordon as Mrs. Ovadia
Charlotte Aronofsky as Mrs. Miles
Mark Margolis as Mr. Rabinowitz
Michael Kaycheck as Donut Cop (as Mike Kaycheck)
Jack O'Connell as Corn Dog Stand Boss
Storyline: Drugs. They consume mind, body and soul. Once you're hooked, you're hooked. Four lives. Four addicts. Four failures. Despite their aspirations of greatness, they succumb to their addictions. Watching the addicts spiral out of control, we bear witness to the dirtiest, ugliest portions of the underworld addicts reside in. It is shocking and eye-opening but demands to be seen by both addicts and non-addicts alike.
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Reviews
Tries too hard.
Slow motion, fast motion, slow motion with fast motion, spins, split screens. How many trick camera shots can a director fit into a feature film? If your Darren Aronofsky, you can fit in about 17 million. At least that is how many I thought I saw in Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream.

I was excited to see Requiem for a Dream. I somewhat enjoyed Aronofsky's previous film Pi. I thought that if the guy that made Pi had more money he might really be able to do something. Requiem is something all right.

Requiem for a Dream has two main story lines. One follows Sara (Ellen Burstyn), a loving mother of a bum son, through her quest to loose weight so she can fit into a special red dress to live out her dream to be on television. The other follows her son Harry (Jared Leto), his girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly), and his friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) on their quest to live out their dream of making a really big drug score.

Both stories are dark. All of the characters, including the Sara, the loving mother, take the pathetic, downward spiraling road of drug addiction. The film follows their stories to the absolute bottom, and then leaves it there. There is no redemption. There is no hope.

Requiem tries too hard. It wears "artsy-fartsy" as a badge. Just because a movie is really dark, doesn't mean it is relevant. Just because something has a very distinctive style, doesn't mean it is a good style. I didn't hate Requiem. Burstyn's performance was amazing. Leto wasn't bad either. I wanted to like it. I wanted to be in the group of people that "get" this sort of film. I don't want to be some bumpkin. I don't want it to be over my head.

I didn't like it though, and I don't think that I'm being a bumpkin. I "got" this movie, more like a disease than an understanding. I don't think that it was over my head, more like it bashed me over the head.

I give Requiem for a Dream 3 out of 10 stars.
2001-10-26
More of a Nightmare Than a "Dream"
‘Disturbing' gets a whole new aspect with Darren Aronofsky's `Requiem for a Dream,' a horrific film about the descending spiral of drug addiction.

Not since Stanley Kubrick's 1971 classic `A Clockwork Orange' has a film made me feel so awkward, until now. `Requiem for a Dream,' Darren Aronofsky's follow-up to his 1998 cult indie `Pi,' is basically the closest thing you are going to find to a nightmare on celluloid. It really accomplishes what it sets out to do, which is to disturb us with the downward spiral of drug addiction.

Does the film go far enough to maybe even scare some people straight? Yes! The story focuses on four Brooklyn-raised lives, Harry, played by Jared Leto, Marion, played by Jennifer Connelly, Tyrone, played by Marlon Wayans, and Sarah, played by Ellen Burstyn, in one of her top performances.

Sarah is a lonely, overweight, widowed, daytime television addict whose only perks in life are her television and an occasional visit from her son, Harry (even though he's normally there to pawn her tv for drugs). One day, she finds out that she has been selected to be on television. Determined to lose weight and fit into her precious red dress again, she starts taking three diet pills a day. Before you know it, she's popping them down like M&Ms.

Around the same time, Harry and his best friend, Tyrone, are becoming very successful and prolific with their drug dealing on the Coney Island boardwalk. They begin to score pure coke and frequently get high, fantasizing their own dreams. Also through shooting up, Harry and his girlfriend, Marion, experience their beautiful love for each other, but by Fall, business begins to slow down and things take a turn for the worst.

The film takes place throughout Summer, Fall, and eventually Winter. The characters completely fall apart as do their dreams, loves, and health. The beautiful Ellen Burstyn becomes an emaciated monstrosity with these harrowing nightmares which eventually abolishes her saneness. Harry's inability to score well draws Marion away from him and into giving away her body for drugs. And Tyron's All of this leads to a finale that will send chills up the back of your neck and will refrain you from sleep for at least a week.

Everybody in the film puts on the performances of their careers, especially Marlon Wayans who shows us that, behind the comic idiocy of his `Scary Movie' stereotype, he is really a great actor. Still, even with the three other breathtaking performances, Ellen Burstyn steals the screen with her rendition of Sarah Goldfarb which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination and probably should have even earned her the award (sorry, Julia, but it's true). Darren Aronofsky shows us with `Requiem' that he could very well be the next Kubrick. To express the feeling of Hubert Selby, Jr.'s 1971 novel, on which the film is based, Aronofsky uses every filmmaking trick that he knows from split screens, hyper edits, speedy and slow paces, and even his famous snorriecam, which he made famous with `Pi.'

`Requiem for a Dream' is one film that should be shown in high school classrooms across the country to give kids nightmares about their futures with drug addictions. Instead, thanks to the MPAA, it has been rated NC-17 which restricts the age group of people from seeing it who sincerely need to see it the most.

Sure, sometimes it can all seem like too much (I for one could have lived without seeing the shock therapy scene), but it is all necessary to get the film's point across, making `Requiem for a Dream' more like a nightmare. A+ ¦
2001-05-29
Should Be Required Viewing
After watching this for first time, I thought to myself, "Wow, with some appropriate editing, this ought to be required viewing for high school students as it's probably one of the best "anti-drug" presentations one could ever see.

Young filmmaker Darren Aronofsky takes a depressing subject and makes it fun to watch, if that's possible. However, I'm speaking in general terms because - warning - a couple of scenes are anything but fun to view. Aronofsky uses stop- action/fast forward techniques, sound effects, hallucination scenes, etc. all to make this a good movie for the senses.

Ellen Burstyn is outstanding in this film and many people who viewed this thought she should have won an Academy Award for her performance. Boy, if she doesn't scare you away from taking diet pills, nobody can. She's the only one in this film that is actually fun to watch. Jennifer Connelly can be one easily ogled by us guys but she plays so many sleazy, unlikeble roles, it's tough to warm up to her.

Jared Leto, meanwhile, does his best to show us the horrors of what could happen when you hooked on junk which involves needles. In the last 30 minutes there are a few horrifying parts as Leto's infected arm gets worse and worse. People who have seen this film know what I'm talking about, It is grim, very grim but maybe that's what all of us need to see once in awhile.

To watch Bursteyn and Leto slowly disintegrate is unforgettable and for Aronofsky to make this watchable was quite a feat. But for the grace of God, as it is said, one of these characters could be us.
2006-03-07
Killer Performances by Ellen Burstyn...Darren Aronofsky: Stanley Kubrik has called for you to pull up a chair!
Oh my, where shall I begin? Experimental film making bursts into mainstream in this dramatic tail of 4 people who find themselves spiraling down the abyss, after experiencing a rendez-vous with the inevitable consequences attributed to drug use and the ill effect it has on its addicts. This one has no happy ending. There's no sugar coating here. Albeit this film packs a harsh, blunt, and sometimes overwhelmingly genuine depiction of the havoc drug addiction can reap on its victims. Despite the disturbing message of the film, I never the less couldn't help but remain fascinated with it's experimental/avant-guard visual style: A smooth, elaborate and languid progression of cinematic eye candy orchestrated to almost resemble a shockumentary, complemented by an impressive and well composed soundtrack. Some of the visual techniques were similar to the ones Aronofsky used in his directorial debut "Pi", such as split-screen shots and the use of body cameras filmed at varying speeds. At times, the film seemed more like an acid trip than a feature film. A cry for help is clearly felt throughout the film, from its innocent and promising start, to its hauntingly chilling conclusion. The one scene that really blew me away was the scene where Marion (played by Jennifer Connelley) had just sold her body off for a bag of heroin...As she walks out the door of the apartment, along the corridor, into the elevator, down to the street: one can't help but feel the characters disgust with herself, filthy to the core, what it must feel like at..."ZERO". The acting performances, especially by both Ellyn Burstyn and Marlon Wayans are simply breakthrough performances that earned critical acclaim across the board. Enough said. If this review alone does not compel you to experience the Film, I will just have to spell it out: PLEASE EXPERIENCE THIS FILM - it may cause an uneasy stomach, but is well worth it - YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!! 11 out of 10.
2001-08-27
Much ado about nothing
I have heard this movie talked about for years and I always assumed it would be good. I finally watched it last night. The best thing about seeing this movie is ---- that watching it is no longer in my future.

i am bewildered as to how this can be so popular. I believe that people confuse the topic/storyline with its actual quality. This movie is about drugs, a topic with counterculture appeal. Movies about drugs and crime are usually overrated. It doesn't hurt having Jennifer Connelly naked in a few scenes either. But I'm really confused as to what makes this a good film...

The entire storyline of the mother and the gameshow was annoying, boring, uninteresting and lame. These scenes were 50% of the movie. The back and forth between the Connelly/Leto/crazy mother at the end was just unbearable.

Poor writing:

1) I was never convinced that these guys were junkies or addicts. Yet the minute the coke in Coney Island 'dried up', Connelly was turning tricks and Leto was pale, skinny and disheveled. The scene before Leto and Wayans started dealing, they convinced each other to just take a taste in order to evaluate the product just for 'business'. I thought for sure this would turn into a situation where they killed their supply in 48 hours. But in fact, they were controlled and professional and literally just had a taste. Even the supplier in the limo liked Wayans because he 'wasn't a junkie', hence offering the promotion. You can't write in these qualities and then try to make these guys hapless addicts. The world doesn't work like this.

2) I never knew Marlon Wayans was working for anyone and never heard a mention of the names of the gangstas in the limo.. and all of a sudden there is a scene with Wayans in the back of a limo getting a 'promotion', and having his life threatened by hardcore high-level dealers?

3) the scene in the back of the grocery store where they deal huge bags out of a briefcase in plain sight to a rowdy mob... really?

4) the whole Connelly 'art store' business or whatever that was... you can't write in a 3 minute scene and expect it to have any sort of impact. What is the point of all of these undeveloped stories?

5) Who gets arrested for bringing a friend to the hospital? Someone please explain this to me.

these are just some examples, but the bottom line is this was poorly written and the story wasn't very good. it takes more than close-ups of a dilating pupil to make a drug movie good.
2011-02-06
Awful and Essential
I'm not going to waste space with a synopsis, as every second or third review provides one. A good indication of a challenging and original film is the number of 1/10 and 10/10 reviews, where the 1/10 reviews consist of just a few lines. A pretty sure sign that those folks weren't able or willing to watch with an open mind. Which is a good sign for casual viewers to give this film a wide berth.

I wish everyone I care about would see Requiem for a Dream. Not because they will like it, or that it will teach them something they did not already know, but that it's a rare piece of work that will challenge and probably change them. It's a film that has never been made before, with nothing to compare to it - a rarity these days. I often find myself recommending films to people that I am unable to briefly describe. These are usually the most involving and affecting ones. I'd like my family to see this, but can't *recommend* it to them. I've recommended it to two friends, and they both had the same reaction: I am glad I watched it, but I doubt I'll be in the frame of mind to watch it again, knowing what you feel.

As I sat watching the credits roll, I began crying, but I'm still not sure why. Partly in reaction to the devastatingly tragic ending, partly the beauty (yes) of the film, partly my gratitude for good things in my life. I watched it again the same night with my girlfriend, not because I wanted to upset her, but I felt that I had to share it. After the credits rolled, we both were silent for a good ten minutes. I found that I had thoughts I wanted to express, but could find no words. This is one of the few films that are painful to experience, but I feel compelled to share with people I care about. Some others in that short list include The Thin Red Line, Happiness, River's Edge,and The Deer Hunter.

These films all share a quality that's difficult to name. No one likes feeling disturbed or shattered by a film, a work of art, a piece of music, but I feel experiencing these emotions and being asked to think, not just be entertained, is important now and then.

"Favorite" does not apply to this for me - this isn't about entertainment. One of the most devastating and beautiful experiences I've had watching a film. One of the top five films I've ever seen.

2002-11-25
Did Project D.A.R.E. sponsor this crap?
I cannot believe the high ratings this movie has gotten. This is one of the most superficial and one-dimensional films I have ever seen. I grant you that Ellen Burstyn did a fine job, but what about the rest of the story? It seemed to me to be something Nancy Reagan might have written and produced. The seeming demise of Harry and Marion at the end showed how little the actors and Aronofsky know about the descent into drug addiction.

What was really disappointing was that although Aronofsky demonstrated interesting techniques in "Pi," he never really developed them in this film.

I don't understand why everyone was so deeply affected by this film.
2003-01-23
Disgusting and Manic
This seems like a combination of Paul Schrader on a bad trip with Kevin Smith. It hates its characters almost as much as it loathes and detests its audience. This may be art but it certainly has nothing to do with why I go to a movie house. These characters remind me of Death of A salesman on a bad acid trip. What a pointless waste of time and energy!
2001-05-29
A monumental cinematic backwards step
Take it away Mr Aronofsky.....

"Some people just won't get it".

Aha. Obviously what you mean is, that some of us IDIOTS won't get it. Right? We know nothing about drugs! We don't UNDERSTAND the youth of today! Preach away.

"I decided not to use any visual tricks or techniques unless it was completely essential to the story".

Oh my Mr Aronofsky. You've shown us just what its like to be on drugs!! Woah! Crazy! Everything's all spinny!! I feel dizzy! I suppose the flashiness of the film was an accident, no? Some people seem to think the film looks wonderful. But what happens when they find the Tracer function on your camera Darren? What is your film without its Kerayzy look?

Garbage is what it is, plain and simple. Phoney emotional resonance ripped straight out of a textbook, pretty damn ordinary performances (bar the extraordinary Ellen Burstyn), KERAYZY trippy visuals, an ending thats so insanely OTT it makes Reefer Madness look restrained, and boring cardboard characters, all wrapped up in a visual style that hey, is "real".

For all Mr Aronofsky's bold claims, this is a film for people who refuse to live in the real world. This is as extreme a jerk off as Forrest Gump was 7 years ago. A double bill of both films would, I'm sure, prove to be very telling.

Aronofsky hasn't sold out by making Batman. THIS is probably the purest sell out in movie history. Don't worry about it Darren. I'm sure you'll get your Oscar one day.
2001-04-03
Not For Me. I'll Stick with Pi
I enjoyed the previous effort by Requiem's directory Darren Aronofsky, Pi, but this one didn't work for me. The subject matter is interesting enough (I loved "Traffic"), but the out-of-control direction and annoying camera angles overwhelmed the plot and the acting.

There weren't enough scenes over a few seconds for me to even get a flavor for what was going on within the actors. Those emotions were supposed to have been communicated through the visual medium rather that dialog, however I found it to be ineffective. It's a shame. I am a fan of Jennifer Connelly since seeing her in Once Upon a Time in America. I think Jared Leto is a fine actor, but again, I couldn't tell from this movie.

At age 41, perhaps I just haven't watched enough MTV to follow manic cinematography.

I felt the ending was cheesy and pandering, so it didn't carry the emotional power that was intended, either.
2001-07-02
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