Film: Requiem For A Dream [2000]

Requiem For A Dream

The Main Casts of Requiem For A Dream

Requiem For A Dream is a 2000 psychological drama film about how certain types of addictions could ruin the lives of four related individuals. It is based from a novel of the same title by Hubert Selby, Jr.

At the beginning of the movie, I had a feeling that this movie would bore me. Well before that, the reason I watched this film is because I know Jared Leto was the frontman of 30 Seconds To Mars, a band I’ve been listening to for years. This is the first film I’ve watched that starred him. The introduction of the movie made me stare on the screen for a while and left me thinking whether I’ll continue watching this or not.

As the movie progressed, the emotions portrayed by the casts slowly grew strong. I could slowly contemplate on issues depicted in the movie. One is how the widowed mother became totally obsessed with the television (the show, to be specific). My thoughts on how I loathe the showbiz industry grew louder. I loathe how these novelty shows can ruin a person’s life.

A Quote from Sara Goldfarb

On the other hand, her son, is into illegal drugs. Together with his buddy and his girlfriend, they are living in the ecstatic world of  heroin. There was one time while watching the movie that I could reminisce the film Sid & Nancy, how the couple ended up in misery.

I liked the technique the director used where repetitive scenes (i.e., the scenes where they are doing drugs) are made from montages – fast clips of zoomed in photos.

I would also like to mention the musical score of this film; the music is composed by Clint Mansell featuring the Kronos Quartet. My favorite soudtrack was the track titled “Lux Aeterna”. I have listened to the track many times and I feel like playing it in the violin. I’m hooked to the song.

In conclusion, I can tell that this movie is not just about drug addiction. It’s a mixture of psychological and chemical disturbances and how they could affect an individual’s personality. It shows how obsessions could lead to addictions that are hard to let go. This film is definitely one tragedy you wouldn’t forget.

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Official Site: www.requiemforadream.com | Rated NC-17 | 101 minutes | See IMDB.

Buy it on: Amazon [DVD | Blu-ray] / Official Sound Track [Audio CD | MP3 Download]

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