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Posted by martinteller on December 19, 2009

One of the things I like about my favorite drug movie, Drugstore Cowboy, is that it doesn’t wallow in the ugly side of addiction.  Not that that makes it any more or less honest, it’s just a refreshing change of pace.  Too much ugliness and things start to get absurdly preachy, like Requiem for a DreamTrainspotting admirably finds a middle ground.  It does its share of wallowing (that’s quite enough feces, thank you, Mr. Boyle) but offsets it with a good sense of humor, something that Darren Aronofsky seems to lack.  The film is stylish and offbeat, and New Order on the soundtrack always gets my attention, and for the most part manages not to get too heavy-handed.  I did feel rather disconnected from it, though.  Enjoyable and stimulating, but not engaging enough for me to come back to it.  Rating: 7


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