After I watched this, I felt like I'd been in a train wreck. Simply state, this movie doesn't give you warm and fuzzy feelings. I came out of this movie feeling weak in the knees, and I thought I was going to vomit. Never before has any media made me feel that way before. This movie is not for the faint of heart, but everyone should see it. How anyone can use drugs after seeing this movie is beyond me.
A film paralleling the lives of Sara (Ellen Burstyn), a lonely and a TV obssesed old widow, her son Harry (Jared Leto), his girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connely), and their drug dealer friend Tyron (Marlon Wayans). After learning that she will make an appearance on a TV show, Sara tries to lose weight so that she can fit into her red dress, and become hooked on diet pills. Meanwhile, Harry and his friends are taking heroin and coccaine. Then the disasterous consequences and the downward spiral take their lives as a result of their addictions.
This film is brutal in my opinion, and a very important film; anyone who had been addicted to anything can relate to this film. It is my belief that in order to really enjoy a movie, a person needs to relate and empathize with the characters portrayed, and this film succeeds admirably. Instead of becoming corny and melodramatic, it conveys a feeling of helplessness and innocence about drug addiction. There are certain things that are so cruel, touching, honest or all of these at the same time that I almost cannot bear to watch it. I saw the characters slowly decline throughout film, wishing I could do something for them. The impact this film has on people will change the movie industry forever. It is grotesque but not gratuitously. The film is not interested in providing a moralistic after-school special; there's a clear identification with each character and I come to understand the motivations even if the choices seem woeful.
The ice cold current of the Kronos Quartet flows fast through the spinning images of characters' lives collapsing from stark reality exploding-through their pitiful constructs. The music is so familiar if you ever watched The Lord of the Rings trilogy because they are using the same music. This churning of images blends the characters into a solitary unit of grotesque failure in the face of their aspirations. The thing that surprised me those most about this movie was Marlon Wayans' ability to step out of his usually comic role in order to play a convincing drug addict. During Sara's monologue about being old and lonely, I bawled like a kid. It really hit the nerve. Although the film is very graphic, making it inappropriate for faint heart viewers, and harsh in its depiction of reality. What makes this movie great is it's ability to step out from the individual characters, and to tap into the underlying theme of addiction in all of its forms. Therefore I believe that many people will be able to identify different characters in this movie with different parts of their life.
HoneyBee April 27, 2006 11:41 AM PDT i know! i was crying after watching this movie. oh, man. you never watch until the end? it gets more depressing! but u should try to finish the movie, 'cause it's good.
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