With Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans
Directed by Darren Aronofsky

While some people have had enough of the "drugs screw you up" theme, there are still so many tales to be told under this dark subject. Based on Hubert Selby Jr.'s novel (the man who brought us the shocking Last Exit To Brooklyn), we're given a glimpse of a related group who fall into a range of addiction. From heroin to diet pills and sex for money to feed a habit. Intense, shocking, scary and uneasy, it wasn't meant to be a glamour trip, even though the photography is amazing at times. It'll blow you away or you'll think it sucks. From the director of

5 / B
- PB

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...the 2nd opinion...

Let's talk about pretense. Let's talk about laboured. Let's talk about stealing so much from films like
Snatch and Trainspotting and Fight Club that your movie eventually looks like a filmschool end-of-first-year project. Even the title is irritatingly pretentious. We've had enough drug movies thanks. People are cool, they dabble in naughty chemicals and then they fuck out. We've seen it all before, only this time it's a nonstop exercise in "what kind of trick can we use next to make it look cool and appeal to the drugfucj\ks who's gonna whatch this shit". Editing techniques are used ad nauseum and Jared Leto is sometimes so bad I wanted to cringe into a fucking raisin. Ellen Burstyn's brilliant performance as a diet pill junkie is the only saving grace in this 'so what?' movie. Maybe if the whole thing played off in 'the dude who likes broads' apartment it could have been entertaining! Undoubtedly we'll see more losers getting into shooting junk after they saw this tripe, as was the case with Trainspotting. If I want to see a junkie fuck out I'll just watch The Wall again, it's got all the same elements and more and at least it's got class!

2 / C
- Uncle Vinnie

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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