Movie – Requiem For A Dream [REVIEW] – From The Director Of [Pi]

IMDB Rating: 8,3/10
Genre: Drama
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writer: Hubert Selby Jr.
Stars: Ellen BurstynJared LetoJennifer Connelly

We all certainly know that drugs are something that you should not approach. Everyone knows that, for sure. It’s just that many people are still using it for reasons to escape from reality and want to create a world of their own. Honestly, I sometimes like to smoke if one of my friends offers me that stuff but I do it on the spots like people who use drugs too. Even so, I’m not so addicted to it like a normal person. Unlike people who gave up their money to buy a pack of cigarettes per day. However, Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem For A Dream shattered my eyes back about drugs. Black Swan, Mother!, Noah, and Pi are the other masterpiece works from Darren Aronofsky. However, Requiem For A Dream is the insane movie and one of those non-horror movies that scare me even I will never watch this movie again. He interprets an addict with really good ways even delivered in right way. However, it’s not just about the drugs but something called “addiction” is the main summary in this movie.

“Requiem For A Dream,” tells about Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn), a retired widow who lives in her small apartment. She spent watching her favorite TV show, self-help show. She always dreamed that she could be present on the TV show and be a guest star in it. Her son, Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto) is a junkie who always hangs out with his friend Tyrone C. Love (Marlon Wayans) who dreams of wanting to make his mother happy by becoming a drug dealer. Harry’s boyfriend, Marion Silver (Jennifer Connelly) dreams that she wants to become a fashion designer, but she is dragged into her drug-filled world of Harry. At the same time, Sara also found her own addiction. She is very depressed to lose weight and become addicted after consuming a lot of pills where she becomes very addicted and little by little she mess up.

Jennifer Connelly in Requiem for a Dream (2000)

After his success was re-achieved by the movie Mother!, it turns out there is also someone who makes a movie like this. The premise is simple, 4 people with different stories, dreams drowned in the world of drugs and produce a continuous story and intact. If you read the synopsis, we all know that this movie doesn’t end with a happy ending. In fact, from beginning to end-even this movie presents the sensation of depression and no hope at all. Obviously, this movie is devoted to adults because of the explicit scenes such as drugs, sex, nudity, disturbing, and others. However, this film presents the whole theme because there is a concept. We also know that this movie will be like and how the moral message is. Like, never use drugs or never get addicted to the stuff. However, this is not about discussing drugs but discussing a dream that buried deep in an addiction but not too fixed with the drug. From the novel adaptation of the same title by Hubert Selby Jr., Requiem For A Dream is like a movie that I also didn’t expect would it’s like.

Jennifer Connelly and Jared Leto in Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans, and Jennifer Connelly are the best actor and actress in this film. In particular, Ellen Burstyn who’s earned an Oscar nomination in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category. Her character is built slowly and doesn’t seem in a hurry if I compare it with 3 other characters because this character is like from normal to “worst” person. She portrays a lonely old character because her husband has died and her child is unusually notified by being immersed in his own world. Starting from her dream to appear on her favorite TV show which she considers to be staying in prison. Her character will be made even worse and well-developed when she becomes swept away by addiction until her common sense disappears. I also liked the message of this character because her addiction to diet and television made him into a comfortable zone that didn’t want to get out until it finally became insane. Jared Leto’s acting has an excellent performance as well with Jennifer Connelly who made me mindblowing after the character she played in A Beautiful Mind became disoriented. Marlon Wayans is also nice despite getting a small quota because the background of this character I think is vague. In addition, you also certainly will feel familiar with the theme song of the movie composed by Clint Mansell. In the end, if I hear it again, I will remember something which I don’t want to remember. Mostly, the theme song of this movie is used a lot in some movies that have been remixed by the composer and the videos on YouTube.

Jared Leto in Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Speaking of the director, Darren Aronofsky often uses some of the techniques he often uses in this movie. Call it like a double screen technique like in the movie 500 Days Of Summer by Marc Webb. He also uses a slow motion and fast motion scene simultaneously from the character among the figure. I also like with the ending technique that is presented in this movie. No spoiler here, the 4 characters lying down on a bed like a baby with a camera zoom out from Matthew Libatique that’s so slow. Darren also often uses a technique called hip-hop montage, where this technique is using a one-second frame quickly when the character is taking a drug. It has some interesting thing when the film is nearing climax and ending with the support of a score from Clint Mansell. After reading many reviews, some of them have been touched, moved, even cried when watching this movie. In fact, Matthew Libatique also cried during the making of this film. Darren who told ‘cut’ to Matthew instead himself who has swept away with his own story. This is one of the unique trivia I’ve ever heard because it’s producing the craziest movie ever and I’ll never watch it again.

Overall, Requiem For A Dream is a movie with an insane “addiction” that ever existed. After I watch this movie, I just want to show this film to some of my friends who use drugs. In fact, I really want to show this movie as like this is the result if you were using drugs. Ellen Burstyn’s incredible performance is even memorable in every scene, Jared Leto, and Jennifer Connely as a couple overlapping, and Marlon Wayans who crazy too. Although the premise is simple, I’m sure of course after watching this movie you don’t want to watch it anymore. It’s depressing but in good ways. There is no happy ending in this movie and don’t ever hope with his existence. Clint Mansell also makes a music that will continually be stuck in my head and I will often hear it every day. Requiem For A Dream is an amazing experience when watching this movie.


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