REQUIEM FOR A DREAM **** This is definitely one of those movies where people with weak hearts shouldn't be in attendance. It starts out as a normal, slow paced film but it gradually gets more intense to the point where it becomes nearly unbearable. Requiem is the psychological study of four drug users, one of which was unwittingly forced into her addiction to diet pills. The downward spiral of these four people's lives is extremely powerful and accurate-- almost too accurate. The performances-- especially Ellen Burstyn-- are all top notch and the film is very well made. Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly are fine in their roles, and who knew Marlon Wayans could do something worthwhile, above the stupidity of Scary Movie? The different camera techniques help to perfect the unsettling and upsetting mood and make the film all the more effective. It's a compelling and fascinating moviegoing experience, and although I want to say this film should be required viewing, I would be careful who I recommend it to. By the way, this review was for the director's cut of the movie.