This is just not some movie about drug addicts. It's about how things in our every day lives can be a drug... sex, power, food, money, social acceptance, and even television.
I cannot say enough about ALL of the perfomances in the movie. ESPECIALLY ELLEN BURSTYN! She was so awesome in this movie and is probably the best thing I 've seen her in.
Marlon Wayans is also a big surprise in the movie and really brought the character of Ty to life. Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly also turn in fine performances although it is hard to feel any pity for either of them.
The sound, lighting, direction, and basically all of the effects in the movie are haunting.
This DVD has some really nice features and is well put together. "The Requiem" scene in the movie is brutally graphic. This film is certainly not for everyone... but I enjoyed it.
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The film focuses on a quartet of doomed souls, but it's Ellen Burstyn--in a raw and bravely triumphant performance--who most desperately embodies the downward spiral of drug abuse. As lonely widow Sara Goldfarb, she invests all of her dreams in an absurd self-help TV game show, jolting her bloodstream with diet pills and coffee while her son Harry (Jared Leto) shoots heroin with his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) and slumming girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly). They're careening toward madness at varying speeds, and Aronofsky tracks this gloomy process by endlessly repeating the imagery of their deadly routines. Tormented by her dietary regime, Sara even imagines a carnivorous refrigerator in one...