Requiem For A Dream, a movie review

A movie review written by Lee Sonogan

1hr42mins (2000) Drama

Big Excerpts: Requiem for a Dream (2000)

“no one interested in the power and magic of movies should miss it” – Peter Travers (Rolling Stones)

Such a powerful movie with only a $4.5 million budget, I almost forgot about this movie until now. Requiem for a Dream is more than a drama about multiple characters ruining there lives in one way or another. The psychological aspect makes it very memorable to this very day; I watched it recently. Successfully making $7.4 million back at the box office, the realistic performances that lead to insanity is very compelling.

Ellen Burstyn as Sara Goldfarb, Jared Leto as Harry Goldfarb, Jennifer Connelly as Marion Silver and Marlon Wayans as Tyrone C. Love play their serious roles down to a tee. As powerful as any deterrent teaching kids to avoid drugs, how shocking and grim it can get tells more messages than the one. Progressing from the start to the end, each character deteriorates with their reality overtaken by delusion and catastrophe in the most brutal ways possible.

“Though the movie may be too intense for some to stomach, the wonderful performances and the bleak imagery are hard to forget”

Based on the 1978 novel of the same name by Hubert Selby Jr; Darren Aronofsky, the director was the one to turn it into a screenplay. So good in its portrayals it’s one of those that you shall also hate with some passion. Overall the intensity, cinematography and the mood killer pill deserves any cult following it has and without spoilers, plainly satisfies.


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