REQUIEM FOR A DREAM is a kind of movie which I could only watch it once. Maybe because its disturbing and depressing themes this movie had. Director Darren Aronofsky wanted to show us the dirty side of drug world. Although I feel REQUIEM FOR A DREAM lacks something in its storytelling, this movie still succeed to deliver its important messages. Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, and Jennifer Connelly are really spectacular!
A film as addictive as heroin itself with it's fast editing, split-screens, zooming, time shifts and experimental camera movements. It is a hard film to re-watch as it's depressing and hopeless atmosphere is done to perfection making one almost suicidal but the hopelessness of it all. Jennifer Connelly got a Best Actress Award at the Oscars Cermony the following year as a comfort prize for her acting here.
On the commentary Aronofsky proclaims that he should have punished Jennifer Connelly's character more, which I can't help but feel gives you something of the measure of the film and of the man. Thematically and narratively it's pretty risible. One minute our starry-eyed heroes are having a toke, the next they're shooting up heroin into their collapsed veins. But it looks so bloody striking. Irritatingly, a gut-punch.
In Requiem for a Dream, a simple truth about the dark and depraved side of humanity is told stunningly well. The camerawork, editing, score and performances all add up to create a hauntingly visceral experience. Some of the images, especially during the last five minutes, are downright shiver-inducing.