“Requiem for a Dream” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

25 May, 2017

Year of Release: 2000
Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky, Hubert Selby Jr.
Director of Photography: 
Matthew Libatique
Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly

Synopsis: A relentless tale of addiction centred on the day-to-day experiences of four interconnected characters whose lives are destroyed by the knock-on effects of substance abuse.

Requiem for a Dream Review:

A film about living in the moment and suffering the consequences, “Requiem for a Dream” is a drama of unparalleled tragedy in which overbearing sounds and overlapping techniques create an afflicted and irreversible aesthetic. In a movie where bad decisions inform later anguish, Darren Aronofsky sets a terrible example for budding auteurs as his narrative crashes in despair, jumping from electroshock therapy to prostitution to life-altering surgery in a style that very few filmmakers could successfully replicate.

With its minimal backstories and insular rapport, “Requiem for a Dream” creates sympathy through stark sounds and images, humanising its characters by presenting uniquely filmic notions of wants and desires in relation to vices and weaknesses. An experiential wonder for the mind, body, and soul, the film occupies its own perceptive bubble and it’s in this inconclusive space between escape and reality that Time offers nothing but heartbreak to those who overindulge in addictive substances.

Having very few reservations about pushing the film’s eye-opening agenda, Aronofsky violently hammers home his message with the same inelegance as a public information director, throwing subtlety out of the window as he places a sickness within the bowels unrelenting misfortune. With images that stay firmly imprinted on your mind, the movie sees a magical combination of abstract set designs, stripped-back interactions, and a haunting film score while Aronofsky’s innate compassion for his suffering characters puts all life into question in the most brutal of ways.


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