Hollywood has a high ability to raise controversial topics, from terrorism and fighting it to corruption, scandals and drugs, and although filmmakers play on people's feelings about these issues every time differently, there are some movies that will make you flee drugs and never want to touch them. Below we review some of these works.
The Basketball Diaries
It is a 1995 American drama and crime autobiographical movie, based on the novel of the same name by the late writer and singer Jim Carroll who compiled the story from his diaries he kept between the ages of 12 and 16, and directed by Scott Cliffert.
The events revolve around Carroll, who starred as Leonardo DiCaprio, a school student and basketball player who falls into the world of drugs and crime, and begins to turn into a real criminal and cannot get rid of his addiction.
Requiem for a Dream
American psychological drama released in 2000, considered the most popular dark drug world movie ever, directed by Darren Arunowski and starring Ellen Burstein, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly and Marlon Wayne, based on the novel of the same name by writer Hubert Selby who also co-wrote the text with Arunovsky .
It sheds light on addiction with its different concepts, and how it changes the lives of individuals, not just drug addiction, but there are different types of addiction, and the film highlights four personalities united by dreams that have spurted them and not materialized, three young men who suffer from drug addiction and an old lady who treats her unit by sitting in front of the TV screen , Which makes each one's aspirations and hopes change and transform.
He won 32 awards, and Burstyn was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance, and the film premiered at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
Breaking the Taboo
Brazilian documentary 2011 tells the history of the war on drugs, beginning with the only drug convention of 1961, and explores the book "Breaking the Taboo". The film features a group of interviews with a number of former leaders of states, including US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, Brazilian Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and leaders from Colombia, Switzerland, Norway and Mexico.
The film was filmed in 18 cities around the world, and it interviewed 168 people including police and prisoners.
The film includes a scene from all over the world varying from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the coca plantations in the Colombian jungle, to cafes in Amsterdam and Afghanistan and the enlarged US prison system.
Panic in the Needle Park
A romantic American drama produced in 1971 and directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Al Pacino in his second appearance and one of his most appreciated shows, and the screenplay of the movie Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunn, a quote from the 1966 novel by James Mills.
The film depicts life among a group of heroin addicts and highlights a love story between a young addicted young man named Bobby (Pacino) and Helen (Kitty Win) who is a troubled woman who becomes addicted and finds in Bobby a charismatic character, and their lives descend as their addiction worsens, eventually leading to a chain A form of betrayal.