Full Movie Reviews
memento_mori - wrote on 08/24/2013
Darren Aronofsky rarely disappoints, and with Requiem for a Dream, he has created another movie that successfully encourages you not to do drugs. While I do not consider it his best work, it definitely comes from the heart and means something.
Ellen Burstyn is outstanding as the weight-loss obsessed aging mother Sara. There is a scene in the film, where she reveals her addiction to her son Harry. Her acting alone in those few minutes is some of the best I've ever seen.
Aronofsky's direction is great as always. His production design and the way he filmed it through glossy focus lenses is excellent.
He brings his point across very well about the disadvantages of narcotics, - legal and illegal - but it isn't a message stuffed down your throat. He just shows side-effects and personal …
Lee - wrote on 01/09/2013
Was time once again to watch this awesome film that was directed by Darren Aronofsky. I must say this is one of those movies that i can watch 100 times over and never get sick of it. Tne story of 4 people who are co dependants of different forms...drugs and eating disorders who all find out that after achieving the great highs their is always the crashing lows. Great cast includes the always great Ellen Burstyn (who if you asked me got totally robbed by Julia Roberts in Erin Brokovich that year in the oscars) Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans. Aronofsky never even recieved a nod for best direction (Which in my opinion is a crime) And this all is backed by an amazing soundtrack by the Kronos Quartet (Another miss at the 73rd Academy Awards).
All these things i have …
FSUNoles27TS - wrote on 12/06/2012
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An extremely terrifying and dark movie. This movie does, what I suppose to be, a great job looking into addiction and its victims. Every character is hauntingly believable and realistic. Jennifer Connelly deserves credit for a good performance and for acting in some disturbing events. Leto is a user of drugs, but more so a user of people. As his addiction gets worse he steam rolls everybody around him to make sure he can sustain his high at all periods. What he subjects his girlfriend to is disgusting and sickening. The plight of Wayans character wasn't felt as much. as the script almost had him as a secondary story line to the other three. Nobody's story is more horrifying and heart wrenching as the of Burstyn's character. Ahead of its time, this movie …
Yojimbo - wrote on 02/27/2012
Jared Leto stars as a junkie looking for a way onto easy street for himself, his bored upper class girlfriend Jennifer Connelly and partner in crime Marlon Wyans. It's easy to dismiss Requiem For A Dream as a simplistic "drugs are bad" fable, but if you watch it with unbiased eyes, it actually is not preachy at all. It is a beautifully shot, visually inventive and extremely well acted tale documenting the modern world's obsession with the quick fix; every character in their own way is dealing with their empty, meaningless lives by avoiding dealing with them with the use of various addicitons; whether it be heroin, chocolate or television which inevitably leads to an unending spiral of degradation. After all, if you spend all of your time avoiding your problems, when they finally catch up …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/16/2011
A film about 4 central characters with an addition: Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn), son Harry (Jared Leto), Harry’s girlfriend Marion Silver (Jennifer Connelly), and Harry’s friend Tyrone C. Love (Marlon Wayans). Sara gets a phone call that she is invited to a TV show. She would like to good so she tries on her rusty red dress, unfortunately it doesn’t fit so she tries dieting by taking the advice of her friend thru a Doctor who gave her colored pills. Trouble starts after a gang war between the Blacks and Italians break loose, with Tyrone’s source in the middle. Harry becomes a heroin addict after Tyrone introduces a very strong drug. He entices Marion to find a way to get the money for them to get back on track. Tyrone sleeps with a girl but reminisce the images of his …
mdtinney - wrote on 09/28/2011
There are films that made history. Films like "Psycho", "A Clockwork Orange", "The Exorcist", and "Pulp Fiction". Films that will be remembered in 20 or 30 years. And "Requiem for a Dream" is one of them.
Shocking? Yes. Dark? Yes. Risky? Yes. "Requiem..." is all that and more. It has an almost perfect direction and outstanding performances. All the actors were pushed to their limits, doing their very best. And Ellen Burnstyn, shows that she was cheated-out in almost every acting award in 2000.
This film is "A Clockwork Orange" for our generation. It shows things that hardly anyone had the guts to show before (in so crude way, anyway). "Requiem..." talks more about Darren Aronofsky, than drug itself. It talks about a risky and creative director who could break cinema rules, and expand …
Amyaronson - wrote on 07/18/2011
This movie has been at the top of my to-watch list for a long time. Everyone is always like, "OMG you haven't seen it?! It's one of my favorites and you'll want to kill yourself afterward!" I do generally like movies that make me suicidal, but I think this one was a little bit of a let down for me. Only because people made it sound SO depressing...don't get me wrong, it was really depressing. More than depressing, it was really stressful for me. It reminded me of what feeling cracked out on Adderall feels like, and also made me contemplate how thin I could be if I told a few adderall a day. Don't worry, I'm not going to do it...but oh, my room would be so clean and I'd be so productive. And I'd probably die from a heart attack, but that's beside the matter.
The Ellen Burstyn plot is …
2605 - wrote on 01/15/2010
Requiem for a Dream is a film with a familiar message (apparently drug addiction isn't that pleasant), but is stand outs by the shocking way in which this message is delivered. The films follows the descent of four characters into drug dependence. Leto, Wayans and Connelly play heroin addicts, and the beats of their story are somewhat standard. However, performances are uniformly strong (especially Connelly, who resorts to selling her own body to feed her habit), and it is heartbreaking to see people who are essentially decent ruin their lives. Ellen Burstyn's performance recieved the most plaudits upon release, and was rewarded with an Oscar nomination. Her story thread is the most unusual, initially dealing with an addiction to food, and then to diet pills. The …
chiggles - wrote on 05/31/2008
Requiem For A Dream covers many forms of dangerous addictions. From Harry, Mariones and Tyrons heroin addictions, to Harry's mom addiction in eating which then turns to the addiction of weight loss pills, or speed. This movie is actually being shown in high schools around the world, even though some of the graphic nature may be inappropriate for many, the movie turns out to show the graphic realism of addiction. As the movie starts out cool and funny, we then journey into a dark and sick world, which is actually happening right outside our front doors. Show in an indie film way, Requeim For A Dream is certainly the most intense and emotionally gripping movie I have seen in a long time.
The performances which were put out by our 4 main characters are stunning. Jared Leto plays as a …