Darren Aronofsky follows up his acclaimed debut Pi with this gritty, emotionally charged film set amidst the abandoned beaches and faded glory of Coney Island, Brooklyn. Based upon the novel by celebrated author Hubert Selby Jr., the story intricately links the lives of a lonely widowed mother (Ellen Burstyn), her son Harry (Jared Leto), his beautiful girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly), and his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans). Requiem for a Dream is a hypnotic tale of four human beings each pursuing their vision of happiness. Even as everything begins to fall apart, they refuse to let go, plummeting with their dreams into a nightmarish, gut-wrenching freefall.
Disturbing, graphic and at times heatbreaking.
- Requiem For A Dream review by Shatner's Bassoon
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Requiem for a Dream is a stark, graphic and disturbing depiction of the horrific fall into the abyss of drug addiction. Set in Brooklyn's Coney Island the story surrounds a trio of young drug addicted adults who find their dreams slowly dissolving as their heroin habits increase and their existence becomes more sordid. Overall, 'Requiem for a Dream' is not a pretty film and at times very hard to watch, but it's extremely effective in elaborating how drugs destroy the hopes and dreams of the story's main characters.
Drug abuse, mental and physical deterioration - you get the point, not exactly family viewing! Superb acting from actors you normally would see in quite different roles - no sunny boy Jared Leto here (or girl Jennifer Connelly) - sure it's always hard to get healthy Hollywood actors look right for this sort of job, but make-up did a good job and the actors are excellent.
Not for the squeamish
- Requiem For A Dream review by BE
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Very little story, mainly a scenario around drug addicts and their 'habit' destroying their lives. Understood what they were going thru but to all intents, they had very self absorbed and narrow vision and not really deserving of empathy. That besides, it was very well acted. Excellent direction from Darren Aronofsky, albeit with reminiscences of Train Spotting and Sunset Boullevard.