Movie Review: Requiem for a Dream

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Drug addiction can be compared to a complicated love story. In the beginning the drug is an escape, that satisfies a craving in the human mind that otherwise is not being fulfilled, just as love satisfies a certain void that simply cannot be quelled by one’s self. This desire to experience this feeling intensifies and soon enough this love story turns into a heart wrenching breakup, that leaves the mind broken only searching for the feeling it once experienced. Requiem for a Dream is a story that follows four Coney Island individuals risking everything they have to follow their dreams. These dreams are soon shattered and consumed by drug addiction. The portrayal of this film is very realistic because, even though extreme, it shows how the moment someone becomes addicted to drugs, the addiction becomes the focal point of their life.
The movie begins with introducing the main character, Harry Goldfarb, who is stealing a television set from his widowed mother to support his and his roommate’s heroin addiction. His mother, Sarah Goldfarb, knows what Harry is using the money for, but does not have the will to turn him in because he is the only one she has left after the death of her husband. Harry’s roommate and best friend, Tyrone, develops a plan to make money by selling heroin on the streets. They describe this as their “chance to make it big.” Harry mentions that with the money they make, he will help his girlfriend, Marion Silver, follow her dream of opening her own clothing store.
Unlike these characters, Sarah has a very different story. She is obsessed with a self-help infomercial called JUICE (Join Us in Creating Excitement), and one afternoon she receives a surprise call from someone claiming that she was selected to be on the TV show. At first she is apprehensive but as time passes she becomes infatuated by the idea of being on TV. She has visions…...

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