This movie is a lot like its theme tune Lux Aeterna
: repetitive and over-wrought. The movie wants to illustrate that drugs are bad
, a message so obvious that it doesn't really need conveying.
The movie's main failing is that it struggles to deliver that message as well as it could have, despite its simplicity. We are shown the downfalls of drug abuse through four over-ambitious characters who attempt to use drugs to get where they want in life. The problem is that none of these characters are remotely likeable or identifiable. They're unpleasant to the point that you expect the worst to happen to them, and aren't all that bothered when it does. It would have been a far more meaningful and emotional experience if I was given a protagonist I could like, instead of the argumentative, whiney, self-centred jerks we got. The movie uses these characters as cautionary tales, and proceeds to bash you over the head with the idea that drugs are bad over and over. That proves ineffectual. Heck, even this youtube video
does cautionary tales better.
As mentioned above, I don't see why this movie needed to be made. We already know that drugs are bad. For a movie to successfully point out this truism, it must do it in an interesting and unusual manner. Requiem
played it straight, and we got a boring, unenjoyable movie out of it. I watched it back to back with another anti-drug movie called Spun
, which was an indy comedy. I found Spun
to be a far more engaging film because it took its anti-drug message and did something interesting with it, resulting in a suprisingly effective climax. My advice? Watch Spun
. Watch Trainspotting
. Watch Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
. Watch any of those over Requiem For A Dream
. They all convey the same message better, and in a far more nuanced fashion.
Oh and PS. I hate the theme tune. The only thing that makes it worse is the way it gets overused in every amateur youtube video that wants to be dramatic, along with "Let The Bodies Hit The Floor"