Requiem for a Dream
The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
ActorsStarring: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Keith David, Marlon Wayans, Christopher McDonald, Louise Lasser, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Janet Sarno, Suzanne Shepherd, Joanne Gordon, Charlotte Aronofsky, Mark Margolis, Michael Kaycheck, Peter Maloney, Denise Dowse, Olga Merediz, Ben Shenkman, Dylan Baker, Bill Buell, Lianna Pai, Stanley B. Herman, Gregg Bello, Shaun O'Hagan, Jimmie Ray Weeks, Jack O'Connell, Chas Mastin, Ajay Naidu, Sean Gullette, Samia Shoaib, Abraham Abraham, Aliya Campbell, Te'ron A. O'Neal, Bryan Chattoo, Eddie De Harp, Scott Franklin, Peter Cheyenne, Brian Costello, Abraham Aronofsky, James Chinlund, Allison Furman, Robert Dylan Cohen, Leland Gantt, Henry Stram, Hubert Selby Jr., Heather Litteer, Jenny Decker, Ami Goodheart, Nina Zavarin, Scott Bader, Jim Centofanti, Scott Chait, Daniel Clarin, Ben Cohen, Eric Cohen, Brett Feinstein, Ricky Fier, John Getz, Andrew Kessler, Ross Lombardo, Carter Mansbach, Scott Miller, Todd Miller, Joshua Pollack, Craig Rallo, Geordan Reisner, Keith Scandore, David Seltzer, Chris Varvaro, Ricardo Viñas, Chad Weiner, Jesse Weissberger, Greg Weissman, Darren Aronofsky
My opinion : There is nothing more tragic then the lengths one must go through to follow a seemingly illusionary dream, only to be blindsided by the fact that they were much further from that dream then when they were to begin with. This is Darren Aronovsky’s metaphor, his magnum opus of a film that portrays such characters, who are each addicts of a common universally feared entity; hard, pure drugs. This story starts bleakly, and ends far bleaker then ever, and some would consider this film to be a form of sadism for these characters, or perhaps far too nihilistic, which I mean is not an unfair assessment of the film but I would disagree. There is nothing cynical in this film, it’s reality, the darkest side of the spectrum even, which can be mistaken for being a cynic but it isn’t. The scenes, the effect, the pacing, how structured it is, it’s all genius, it’s one of the highlights of modern cinema and most of all it’s one of the most terrifyingly hard to watch films of our time, but a necessary watch above all else. 96/100