After reading the overwhelmingly positive reviews for this movie on Netflix and hearing folks say things like "this movie's not for the squeamish," I had to admit I was intrigued to see for myself.
"I'm somebody now, Harry. Everybody likes me. Soon, millions of people will see me and they'll all like me. It's a reason to get up in the morning. It's a reason to smile. It makes tomorrow all right."
And they were right. Surrounding four characters who each fall to their own demise due to their obsession with drugs and their apparent escape from what's real. In true Darren Aronofsky fashion (okay I've ONLY seen one other movie of his--The Wrestler, but I can already notice a pattern forming), he takes us on a gritty and harshly realistic view of basically your brain on drugs and your ultimate descent into insanity. Ellen Burstyn stunningly portrays a lonely mother and widow who sinks deeper into insanity when she becomes obsessed with the chance to be a guest on her favorite reality show. Seeing it as an opportunity to regain a life once lost and bask in the spotlight, she makes it her mission to fit into the beautiful red dress she once wore to her son's high school graduation to wear on the show. She becomes addicted to diet pills which have hallucinating effects and ultimately lead her to her own destruction.
Marlon Wayans, Jennifer Connelly and Jared Leto costar as three addicts who try to jumpstart a drug business, but end up being their only customers and watching everything they worked for slip out of their grasps.
At times disturbing and always intense, this flick offers its own acid trip for viewers and is a first-hand look at four people who become trapped by their own hell.
My rating: A