Drug Movie Evaluation

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“Trippy” movies you won’t want to miss
By Kelli Dempsey
Prepare to experience the power of drugs! Requiem for a Dream and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas are two films bound by one powerful element, the addicting power of drugs. Expect both films to give you a new perspective on drug users, one in a serious and dramatic form and the other through jokes and stereotyping. Requiem for a Dream tells the story of Harry, (played by Jared Leto) who along with his girlfriend, Marion, (Jennifer Connelly) and best friend, Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) will stop at nothing for their next drug fix. Together they have big dreams of making it out of the drug scene, only to have the dreams slip farther away with each high. Harry’s mother, Sara, (played by Ellen Burstyn) is addicted to television and has delusional ideas of appearing in a live studio audience broadcast. In hopes of fitting back into her red dress, Sara consults a doctor to lose 30 pounds and ends up addicted to the uppers prescribed to her. The relationship of all the characters culminates in the very dramatic ending, not for the faint of heart and will leave you wishing the world was a drug-free one. Critic James Berardinelli ‘s description of the film sums it up very well, “Requiem presents the darkest take imaginable on a story of hopes and dreams shattered by drug addiction.” Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas follows the drug induced adventures of Duke, (played by Johnny Depp) and his “Attorney”, Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro). Prepare for a psychedelic adventure set in the 1970’s when drugs were bad and bad was good. Duke is a reporter and assigned to cover a motorcycle race in the Vegas desert. Duke is carefully advised by his attorney throughout the film, including bringing him along to the city of sin. With their rented convertible and briefcase of every hallucinogenic drug known to man, they set out to test the limits on the amount of drugs they can consume without killing themselves. With its very loose plot,...
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