A stunning, stylistic depiction of addiction in which a son (Jared Leto) and his girlfriend (Jennifer Connelly) succumb to heroin and cocaine while his mother (a staggering Ellyn Burstyn) gets hooked on diet pills in a
desperate attempt to lose weight. Writer-director Darren Aronofsky (Pi) has developed a
cinematic shorthand of quick edits and frantic images, all of which make the movie skitter across the screen like a frantic dope fiend. Brilliant yet shattering, this is art of darkness.
The movie equivalent of a Johnny Cash song?