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Requiem for a Dream
Review by Ross Anthony

Requiem for a Dream"Requiem for a Dream" is a drug movie. A depressing drug movie. But it's an excellent one. If you like depressing drug movies you should really appreciate this one. Unfortunately, while I certainly appreciated the fantastic use of the audiovisual medium to simulate an experience ... I just couldn't enjoy the film on the whole.

Writer/Director Darren Aronofsky uses fast motion, slow motion, superimposition and warped lenses, while taking full advantage of the multi-channel sound system's surround has to offer. I'm impressed. Further, he runs a 10 second chain of quick cuts from unwrapping the drug to popping or snorting to dilated pupil as the drill-like motif anytime a character gets a high ... and that's a lot of times. Very effective, very nice.

The acting is strong, the dialogue real (but not smashing), the storytelling professional and creative, the violin reprise haunting and hypnotic. However, though the film has a beginning and ending, it lacks a real climax. Additionally, filmmaking qualities aside, there's very little about the content that I'd normally be interested in spending my evening viewing.

"You don't have to make anything baby - just love your mama."

Btw, The word "requiem" means "mournful chant" or "funeral march."

  • Requiem for a Dream. Copyright © 2000.
  • Starring Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn, Marlon Wayans.
  • Directed by Darren Aronofsky.
  • Screenplay by Selby and Aronofsky based a book by Hubert Selby, JR. (Last Exit to Brooklyn)
  • Artisan(C)2000. Rated R.

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