Everything was agonizingly on point re: the downward spiral of addiction (tho you can't beat reading Selby's novel) EXCEPT the cheesy monster refrigerator....I understand why it's in the movie, in it's place, but it reminded me of something out of an episode of Goosebumps.....
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.