Requiem for a Dream (2000)


Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Written by Darren Aronofsky & Hubert Selby Jr.

Will Most Likely Contain Spoilers!!!

Which brings me to my next point: Don’t do drugs. This is basically a story of four drug addicts: Harry, his buddy Ty, his girlfriend Marion, and his mother Sarah. I don’t really care for the story a whole lot, drugs have never been my thing, I get it, don’t do it. The way it is done here though, is quite good. Aronofsky creates a style that reflects the states of mind of the characters so well really. His camera work and lighting and editing and even the score do a great job of setting a mood that reflects the story very well. I didn’t like the use of the split screen so much though, could have done without that. As for the acting, I thought the actors all did very very good. Exceptions would be Jared Leto as Harry, who I thought was passable and Ellen Burstyn as Sarah, who I thought was amazing! She made this film for me with her over-the-top performance. It was wonderful.

There were obviously dream, or tripping, sequences involved in a film like this. Because they were tripping scenes, it didn’t take me out of the story or confuse me that much when it came to the plot. Things like Harry stealing the cops gun, or Mary stabbing the guy in the hand with the fork, or Sarah being on TV were all decent interjections to the film, but really nothing overly impressive. These are people that are so dependent, so addicted to their fixes that they do some crazy stuff just to get their fix. Ty and Harry drive all the way to Florida, Mary ends us selling her body to get her fix and Sarah takes her lonely life and turns it upside down with diet pills, and when she needs more, she just takes more. It’s a dangerous and disturbing game that these people play with their bodies and their lives. Not something I want to ever experience.

As I said, I didn’t really care for the subject matter or the story, but because of the style and execution by Aronofsky, I feel justified rating this a 3 star film. I guess this just goes to show how far my critical eye has come that I am able to push my personal feelings aside a bit and judge the film based on it being a film and how it tells it’s story. I guess I really didn’t have a whole lot to say about this one other than good achievement, medium interest from me.

*** – Good


  1. This is one of my favorite films. I find the story moving and while the subject matter doesn't work for me the devolving tale of the four adicts captivates me from beginning to end. I don't think the message of the film is just “don't do drugs.” I think there's more to it, like all of Aronofsky's films there is more going on than just the surface level.


  2. uoh:) what a movie.
    the mother stays always in my memory.
    i began to pay attentio to jennifer connelly because of this movie.
    great characters, awsome argument.


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