Requiem For A Dream (2000) IMDB Top 250 Guest Review

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Today’s IMDB Top 250 Guest Review comes from Darren of Movie Reviews 101. Thanks for the review, Darren! 🙂 Now let’s see what he has to say about Requiem For A Dream, IMDB rank 73 out of 250…

There are still some movies up for grabs if anyone wants to do a guest IMDB Top 250 review. You can find the list of remaining films HERE. See the full list & links to all the reviews that have already been done HERE. Also, if you’d like to add a link to your IMDB review(s) on your own blogs, feel free to use any of the logos I’ve used at the top of any of these guest reviews.

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Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writer: Darren Aronofsky, Hubert Selby Jr (Screenplay) Hubert Selby Jr (Book)
Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Christopher McDonald, Louise Lasser

Plot: The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions become stronger.

Verdict: Incredible

Story: We start by seeing the dysfunctional relationship between Harry and his mother Sara by seeing him take her television which seems to be happening on a regular occasion. This happens to help fuel his drug habit, while they keep their relationship together. While the Sara gets a chance to be on her favourite show but is worried about her weight, Harry comes up with an idea to make money by selling more drugs and making a business with his best friend. While both are trying to deal with their addictions their lives take turns for the worse when they releases what is happening.
When I first watched this I was too young to understand what was really going on and never really appreciated it, but now I have re-watched I have to say this is an incredible story of how four people decent into the world of drug and addiction takes over their lives. I like the fact that there was no happy ending for these people because it shows the harsh reality of the drug user and how far they will go. Each of our four characters ends up going in a direction that is heart breaking for some and each ends up showing the real fear what could happen to them. This ends up being hard to watch but because of that we see the real truth behind the problems. (9/10)

Actor Review

Ellen Burstyn: Sara Goldfarb mother to Harry who spends her time watching television and when she gets a chance to be on her favourite show. She ends up taking pills to help her lose weight but in the end she becomes addicted to them causing much more serious issue to her health. Ellen is fantastic in her role and most of her part is just her in her own apartment dealing with the side effects of the drugs.(10/10)

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Jared Leto: Harry Goldfarb young stoner who dreams of making it big by selling drugs, while keeping his girlfriend happy and keeping his drug habit happy. He is a loyal family man who wants to look after his mother the best he can but when things go wrong in the business he takes a chance that will begin to ruin his life forever. Jared gives a great performance and you can clearly see he was ready for a chance to show even more skills in later projects. (9/10)

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Jennifer Connelly: Marion Silver against her parents who have given her everything, she wants to make an impact herself but doesn’t know where to start while her drug habit keeps everything in a dream stage. She enters into the world of selling herself to fix her habit and before long she ends up happy just having her fix. Jennifer gives a great performance that was risky too. (9/10)

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Marlon Wayans: Tyrone C Love Harry’s best friend who helps him come up with the plan to make money. He ends up being the one who gets into trouble and before long he pushes Harry to risk more. Marlon gives a great performance and it is refreshing to see him in a serious role after all the parody roles. (8/10)

Support Cast: Dealers, friends and doctors all play big parts in helping our characters fix their problems but it is the host of Sara show that ends up helping with her downfall.

Director Review: Darren Aronofsky – Brilliant direction from Darren showing that he was always going to go on to make bigger projects but would always struggle to beat this. (10/10)

Drama: Just showing the decent our four characters make during their drug problems is wonderfully put together and you actually start to feel for the characters by the end. (10/10)
Music: Lux Aeterna by Clint Mansell makes a haunting choice for music through the film always indicating something will be happening. (10/10)
Settings: Solid setting showing the busy lives but most of the film is set in apartments. (8/10)
Suggestion: Even though I am going to give this a really high rating I still think it won’t be a lot of people’s cup of tea, it does come off hard to watch and very much in your face. (Try It)

Best Part: Reality of the story.
Worst Part: It will be hard to watch.
Lessons Learned: Don’t do drugs, Jared Leto was always going to be a star.

Believability: The reality that people will get that hooked on the drugs comes off real, but I think how far things go could be seen as too much. (5/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: Ellen Burstyn was nominated for best actress.
Box Office: $7.3 Million
Budget: $4.5 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

Overall: In your face consequences of drugs

Rating 93%

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38 thoughts on “Requiem For A Dream (2000) IMDB Top 250 Guest Review

  1. Great review, Darren. This film can be very difficult to watch – especially during the final third – but the acting is excellent and leaves you with a very powerful message about the dangers of drug life and how your life can spiral out of control. The film’s theme is haunting and brilliant, too.

  2. Great post. I consider this a true horror film because of my past history with substance abuse. Oddly though I’ve seen it at least 30 times. I guess its a movie that really hammers home that I’ve made the right choice and going back would have me in one of the four characters situations.
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    I also agree that this was hard for Aronofsky to top. Black Swan and The Wrestler came close but… this one is just so great.

    Hey, which movie did I pick again mate?? Haha I forgot

  3. One of the most disturbing films I’ve ever seen. It’s brilliant but I’ve never been able to bring myself to watch it again.

  4. I actually hated this so much when I saw it for Cara’s Resolutions 2015. perhaps it’s because I didnt understand it at all and wasn’t able to erelate with the drug addiction story at all!

    Nice review regardless Darren!

  5. Awesome, awesome film. Incredibly bleak and depressing, but so well done. I can see why so many people say they never want to see it again, but it was so good I nearly re-watched it instantly (something I never do). Honestly, I can understand why some people don’t ‘like’ it (it’s certainly not much fun), but I don’t understand people who don’t admire it.

    Gotta say, though: “chance of tears – 0”? There’s some pretty sad stuff here!

    • Yeah – it’s certainly depressing! I suppose it’s not the type that would make me cry but I’d say there’s a chance of tears. I certainly admire this movie even if I can’t say I “loved” it. Sometimes people can’t tell the difference between hating a movie because it’s bad or hating it just because it’s “not fun”. Or… Whatever. Everyone should be able to admit it’s a worthy film, at least. 🙂

      • Yeah, that’s sort of what I was trying to say, I think — it didn’t make me cry either, but that’s partly just because I’m hard-hearted. What happens to the mother especially, though, is just tragic.

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