Ambitious short by Adabisi of 2000's "Requiem Of A Dream," focusing on the collapsing relationship between Harry and Marion (Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly).
Straight off - I never liked the original film. Leto and Connelly have zero chemistry, and even though the actors are only a year apart, Connelly looks old enough to be his mother.
That said, this is a damn good short, as Adabisi effectively gets to the heart of their story.
The rollicking pace sweeps the viewer along, though the narrative gets a bit incoherent at points.
I still dislike the movie, but I really enjoyed Adabisi's crystallized synth.
This is a nice truncated version of Requiem for a Dream. It's been a while since I've seen the original movie - while it is a beautiful and brilliant film, it's also a bit depressing and too disturbing for revisiting. With that in mind, I couldn't tell exactly what was edited together by the original filmmakers or by Adabisi. On the plus side: the re-editing was rather seamless, so kudos! The down-side is that I'm not exactly sure which of the brilliant sequences I can attribute to Adabisi, as I know he had a hand in at least some of them. There was some really cool editing on display here.
I also watched this streaming on Vimeo and had the same experience as TMBTM. The video is choppy. Not enough to be too distracting, but it's noticeable. Whether that is the fault of the editor or the re-encode for Vimeo, I can't say, but I docked a few points from the category. Otherwise, the A/V quality is good.
Narratively, I have some mixed feelings. The editor does a great job of telling this story in just 15 minutes, but there are some major tonal shifts, especially in the first half of the edit that feel odd. One moment it is sappy, the next energetic and happy, then tense, followed by sullen. That can work in a feature film, but it creates an identity problem in such a short sequence.