The film focuses on drug addicts and the extents that they'll to go feed their addictions. Firstly, there's the protagonist Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto), his girlfriend Marion, (Jennifer Connelly) and his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Waylans.) All three of them are heroin addicts. Lastly, there is Harry's mother, Sara, who becomes addicted to diet pills.
In a heart breaking scene between her and Harry, she explains that she has been feeling numb ever since her husband died and Harry moved away from home. This ambition to reach her target weight has given her a new lease on life. However, the diet pills are actually ecstasy, and as Sara becomes addicted and overdoses, she becomes increasingly delusional and psychotic. We see her transform from a sweet old mother who wants a successful, married son, to a raving lunatic who ends up being sectioned after she has an episode in a casting agency, where she goes to chase up when she would be on TV. To see this transformation was powerful, but horrifying to watch. It makes you think that could be me. Although I can't help but wonder whether the phone call in the first place was even real or all part of Sara's delusion.
This film was a tour-de-force. It was challenging and asks a lot of the viewer. Whilst it wasn't always the easiest to follow, it was a raw and revealing look into the dark twisted world of drug addicts. Watch it and you'll be coming down from the high for days. Hell, I know I will.