276. Requiem For A Dream (2000)

8.7 Astonishing, harrowing, powerful
  • Acting 8.8
  • Directing 8.9
  • Story 8.5
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Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Running Time: 102 mins

Requiem For A Dream is an American film about the drug-induced lives of four people which are torn to pieces, after their addictions worsen heavily over time.

This film was just absolutely fascinating; it had a brilliant story, with great actors performing highly to make it extremely convincing.

Even though the film was very interesting, I found it to be one of the most depressing and harrowing films I have ever seen. The way that the consequences of drug usage and addiction was represented in this film was seemingly very realistic, yet depressing and extremely upsetting.

The first part of the film was quite entertaining, as it had an interesting story, and some really cool video effects, such as the fast cuts, speeded up video, and split screen, which I quite liked.

Also, it seemed like the film was always building up to something exciting, which I was really looking forward to, and when the punchline did eventually arrive, I was greatly intrigued, yet sadly even more depressed by what had happened to these four people’s entire lives, just due to the use of drugs, especially the outcome of the old woman’s life, as she seemed so normal and innocent at the beginning of the film, yet by the end, her entire life just spiralled out of control.

Overall, then, I’ll give this an 8.7, because it was absolutely fascinating to watch, and it was made extremely well, however it made me feel more depressed and upset at the end of this film than I have felt at any other, so it was definitely convincing and original, however I do advise that you only watch this film if you are prepared to feel extremely upset by it.


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