Saturday, January 23, 2010

Requiem for a Dream

Requiem For A Dream is probably one of the most horrifying movies I have ever seen. I don’t know what it is about creepy movies that are so appealing to me, but once I start watching I cannot stop. For those of you who don’t know what this is about, it’s the story of three people from New York, who are addicted to drugs, and eventually the boy’s mother becomes addicted to diet pills as well. Most of us know about the horrors of drug use and what it can do to you, but after seeing this movie you realize the true significance of the matter. To say that this movie is haunting would be an understatement. You cannot even recognize the mother after her usage of diet pills. She looks insane. With horrifying white hair, a pale face, and an aged look, her friends cannot even recognize her. In fact, they begin bawling hysterically after they realize it is her. This movie did an outstanding job of making you feel. That sounds strange, but every single hallucination the mother had, felt like your own hallucination. It was so vivid and detailed, that it felt like you were on drugs yourself. The main character used an infected needle to inject heroin into his arm, and absolutely grotesque images of his arm were shown. It was terrifying, that something that seems simple, like an infected needle, could do that to you. He was in agonizing pain, and his arm eventually had to be amputated due to the needle. So I guess the point of this brief description of this seriously disturbing movie is to ask “Why do people even do drugs?” Most would say, for the great feeling that you get from the high of drugs, but is it really worth it. Is it worth amputating your arm? Is it worth willing to become a prostitute for drugs? Is it worth looking 40 years older than you actually are? Absolutely not. This movie will put you off drugs forever. It makes you feel so uncomfortable and squeamish, and you aren’t even the person who is on drugs. The characters do such an outstanding job of acting, and they really make you realize how serious drug use really is.

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