Requiem for a Dream (2000) 

IN SHORT:  WHEN SHOULD YOU SEE THIS MOVIE?  Go rent this now, it is a movie that everyone should experience at least once. 

Full Review:After seeing and loving The Wrestler, which is also directed by Darren Aronofsky, and hearing all the hype around this movie, I finally decided to watch it.  I can say that after seeing the film, all the stories floating around it are true.  It is one of the most intense movie experiences I have ever had in my life.

Requiem for a Dream, based on the novel by Hubert Shelby Jr., follows Harry (Jared Leto), his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans), his girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly), and his lonely mother (Ellen Burstyn) as they each realize there dreams of money and happiness, only to have them transformed into horrific nightmares by drugs and narcotics.

Darron Aronofsky definitely shows his directing skills in Requiem.  Every scene is torn down frame by frame, and then cut back together to give a strange psychedelic feel to the movie.  It’s a little like Pink Floyds The Wall, except there are actually characters and a plot that we can follow.  The editing and directing is definitely the best aspect of Requiem, because it is so imaginative.  The music is another brilliant piece that adds to the suspenseful and disturbing vibe.

The overall plot of the movie is isn’t very deep, and leaves a slight feeling of being let down, like there was more potential there.  Also, there could have been a little more character development because even the main characters seemed a little flat.  But other than that, everything else was brilliant.  All the actors are in top form, especially Ellen Burstyn who gives a truly amazing performance as a drug addicted old lady.  Even Marlon Wayans shows his unique range in the film. 

The most famous part of Requiem by far is its reputation for being intense.  And the film definitely lives up to its name.  This was the first time I have ever felt like walking out of the movie before it was over not because it was bad, but because it is almost too much to take in at once.  It accomplishes what horror movies try so hard to do, by creating a truly chilling atmosphere as the characters fall into a living hell.  It is this intensity, however, that makes watching the movie so unique that everyone should experience at least once.    Requiem grabs your heart as the characters find happiness but doesn’t let go as it drags you and its characters into the disturbing and sinister reality of addiction. 

Overall, Darren Aronofsky is once again able to create a very unique movie experience with Requiem through great visuals, music, and acting.  I recommend that everyone see this movie at least once, because it leaves such a lasting impression on anyone who sees it.

8/10