TITLE: The Panic in Needle Park
I've seen plenty of films tackle drug addiction. It's a heavy topic, and when handled correctly, can really run through you. I myself am not a drug addict, but I've known some, and lived with one (this is the part where Movies4life17 gets serious sorry), so I can really tell you when a movie accurately depicts drug addiction.
#ThePanicinNeedlePark accurately handles drug addiction.
At times, perhaps too accurately. I admit that certain moments in "The Panic in Needle Park" can come across as a PSA. But man, what a PSA.
"The Panic in Needle Park," at times, gets under your skin, which has to be the point. There are a few moments here where #JerrySchatzberg provides close-ups of these characters injecting themselves and shooting up. And boy, if #RequiemforaDream didn't do the trick already, this movie did the trick even further.
At the root of this addiction story though is the relationship between Bobby and Helen. When they first meet, he's an addict, and she isn't. But it isn't before long that she gets pulled into his world and ends up down the same path.
It's a story that feels all too real, and as played by #AlPacino and #KittyWinn (whoever that is), they sell it beautifully.
The film ends on a note of awkward tension, but yet an understanding. He made her life hell, so she's gonna do the same.
The characters don't really learn much by the end of "The Panic in Needle Park." They probably continue doing their business. And yet that's what still makes it effective. The fact that even through all that, they probably won't give it up. That's the frightening truth of addiction.