A free-spirited art student and a roguish poet find their addiction to each other taking a back seat... read more to their taste for heroin in director Neil Armfield's intensely personal tale of recreational drug use gone bad. When Candy (Abbie Cornish) and Dan (Heath Ledger) first fell in love, they both thought they had found all they ever needed in life. Despite financial hardships, the pair sustained themselves on the vibrant life force that burned blindingly bright as it promised an invincible future. Their intoxicating romance a blissful altered state of which heroin played only a minor role in the beginning, Candy and Dan soon decide to strengthen their bond by marrying and starting a family. Their manufactured Eden gradually becomes an uncontrollable inferno, however, as Candy's parents slowly pull away due to the pain of witnessing their daughter's slow slide into oblivion, and even chemistry professor Casper (Geoffrey Rush), who was at first complicit in their experimentation, admits that Candy and Dan's blind devotion to the drug is now forever ingrained into their commitment to one and other. As the marriage deteriorates right along with Candy's increasingly fragile mental state, Dan must make the difficult decision to either rescue her or pull away in hopes that the clarity of separation will finally empower her to break free of the addiction that binds her. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Very good if you can relate to the life of a junkie.
Reviewed 23 months days ago
isabelle says: it's like any other junkie movie. sorry, it's nice, i never watched THE FUCK MCGREGORS TRANSPOTTINGWHATEVER
Reviewed 5 years days ago
Another one of those junkie movies... I miss Heath Ledger. Great movie. Very... 'Requiem for a Dream'-esque.
Jonny Lee Miller,
Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), a young man with few prospects and fewer ambitions, lives in economical... read morely depressed Edinburgh. Like most of his friends, Renton is a heroin addict who loves the drug's blissful nothingness; financing his habit also provides excitement and challenges that his life otherwise lacks. Renton's two best friends are also junkies: Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), a snappy dresser obsessed with James Bond, and Spud (Ewan Bremner), a guileless nerd who suggests Pee Wee Herman's debauched cousin. Renton and his pals also hang out with Begbie (Robert Carlyle), a borderline psychotic who loathes junkies even though he drinks like a fish. After one too many brushes with the law, Renton kicks heroin and moves to London, where he finds a job, a flat, and something close to peace of mind. However, Sick Boy, Begbie, and Spud all arrive at his doorstep on the trail of a big score, leading Renton back into drugs and crime. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
eroin addiction, so what's actually portrayed on screen is a magnificent look into the mindset of a junkie. The flow of the atmosphere is also made fine by the dynamics portrayed with visual excellenc
Reviewed 13 months days ago
. John Hodge's script is shocking, funny, terrifying and heartbreaking, creating the junkie's "Junkie" movie' where even the minor characters light up the screen. Ewan Bremner as the ho
Reviewed 4 years days ago
. we watch his 'junkie' phase part of his life with his mate in the first part, and his 'clean' state in the other.