This dark and offbeat movie, directed by Darren Aronofsky, starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, says the story of four individuals – each consumed by the addiction of a different drug. I was not a fan of director Darren Aronofsky’s debut film “Pi,” but with this movie he proves to be a filmmaker of unlimited vision and style.
This movie is by no means flawless, but then again I would like to hope that the flaws add to the gritty reality of the film. The ending was truly the most frightening thing I have ever seen in film- forget the cheap scares of The Exorcist, Psycho and the endless bile of the ‘slasher flick’, this stuff is REAL.
The movie first revolves around the lives of these four commoners, which is quite usual. But then the real acting begins when the drugs begin to take their toll on the lives of these “innocent” people.
The drugs described in this movie are not all the same. The best example is that of Sara Goldfarb (played by Ellen Burstyn), who is addicted to the television and is consumed by it.
The acting is just amazing. Jennifer Connelly gives the best performance of her career (not too tricky considering the movies she’s been in) and remains stunningly beautiful (in a haggard sort of a way) and noble even when she’s roped into a gang bang to fund her heroin habit. Jared Leto annoyed me intensely in Fight Club but he’s perfect as hapless junky Harry – forever exuding an air of kindly incompetence that endears him to the audience but that will ultimately destroy him. Marlon Wayans is equally brilliant – wearing a beaming smile for the first half of the film and a compelling look of confusion and betrayal for the rest of it.
As for Ellen Burstyn… never has an actress been so unfairly cheated out of an Oscar. She is just the picture of sadness the whole film through – a heartbreaking example of what loneliness can do to vulnerable people. The scene where she complains to Harry about being old is honestly one of the most tragic things I’ve ever seen and it makes me want to break down just thinking about it.
All-in-all, its a great movie and should be seen by addicts and non-addicts alike. To keep kids away from drugs, show them this movie.
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