Wasted (2002 TV Movie)
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Wasted was no Requiem for a Dream but it was a very good movie considering it was made by MTV. One thing that drew me to watching it was Summer Pheonix the sister of the late and wonderful River Pheonix stared. I suppose talent runs in the Pheonix family because she was good and so is Jaquien though niether are River. Nick Stahl also gives a great preformance as a junky jock. There isn't much else to say about wasted. It was a dark depressing and insightful look into the lives of three small town junkies. I recomend it to those who like the subject. 8/10
The movie centers around three lifelong friends Samanatha, Summer Phoenix, Chris, Nick Stahl, and Owen, Aaron Paul. Attending Cambridge high Samantha had gotten heavily involved with drugs that may well destroy any chances she-a once straight "A" student-has in being given a collage scholarship. Having dried out in a drug rehab center in town Samantha soon gets involved with her friend the drug addicted, and fellow student in Cambridge High, Owen who's as high as a kite, on heroin, and wants Samantha to be high together with him.
It's Chris who goes out of his way to get Samantha, who almost OD'ed, back on track by getting her to the hospital emergency ward, while her boyfriend Owen was either too scared or drugged out to do it, that saved her life. Chris a track star in Cambridge soon got hooked on drugs himself when he busted his knee in practice. Together with both Owen and Samantha Chris started to seek out the local drug dealers to supply him with the big "H", heroin, that seemed, only to himself, to give him the pep and energy that he needed to compete in high school track and field events.
Being dropped from the track team by his coach, Joe Norman Shaw, because of his inability, because of his drug addiction, to keep up with the other runners Chris descended deeper and deeper into the hell that his drug addiction tuned out to be. It's when Samantha's friend Amy, Bittney Irvin, joined the trio-Samantha Chris & Owen- that things got even worse then they already were.
***SPOILERS***Amy who specialized in shoplifting not doing drugs was encouraged by Owen to get high with him on drugs. This lead to Amy, who never used heroin before, to suffer a fatal drug overdose that had her friend Owen on the run from the police! Owen is wanted by the local police not just for contributing to the delinquency of a minor but for first degree homicide-that can put him behind bars for at least ten years-in causing Amy's heroin induced death! As for the once straight as an arrow Chris he completely freaked out by feeling more responsible for what happened to Amy then even Owen, who supplied her with drugs. It's then that Chris decided to end it all in one last fatal blast from his already, that he's been jabbing himself daily with, dirty and heroin filled syringe.
P.S Based on a true story the film "Wasted" has to do with a suburban Texas High School that had some 50 of its students end up being addicted on, and busted for using, heroin with over a dozen of them dying from it.
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Nick stahl is amazing. He will have an Oscar one day. His portrayal of Chris was Heartbreaking. He was the only one that felt real in the movie as far as drug use goes. Aaron Paul who played Owen acted as if he were on speed not heroin. Summer Phoenix was fine, she is talented but what can i say Nick Stahl stole the movie. His drugged eyes, his slow movements, everything was perfect.
The writers needed to show withdrawls in the movie. That is a main reason why people don't want to quit. Other then that there are hilarious scenes (the mall scene, and the Backstreet boy scene,man Stahl nailed the reactions right on the head.), Touching, sad scenes (Like the scene between Sam and Chris in her bedroom after he gets beat up, i bawled, and the park scene.). It was realistic too. Like S am using again when Chris wanted to flush the drug down the toilet, and Chris using again after he goes to Own's, even though he had been clean for two weeks, the pull was too strong. it is all realistic.
Watch the movie for a great cast, great music, and a semi- truthful account of drug addiction.
Stahl, Phoenix, and Paul all play their characters very realistically. You truly believe that they are everyday high school students who just happen to be heroin addicts. The drug content is handled very graphically as well - although everything that happens in the film serves a purpose, and each moment the characters spiral further downward is heartbreaking. I definitely recommend this film to anyone. Once you watch it, it sticks with you!
Must try harder MTV.
One of the worst movies I ever seen. Problem is I was unable to turn it off until it was over. I wanted to see what was going to happen to each of the characters.
It has some of the worst acting I have ever seen. The drug use, shop lifting and house robbing were a big joke. I mean right. They could steal that many CD's from the same place without getting caught. Give me a break. I know this is somewhat based on a true story, but the over do it.
Many of the actors need to go back to school and practice drama. I just had to laugh at the fact no one really seemed concerned as there friends were dying. The crying segments looked more like these kids lost their bikes then a friend.
Poor, no quality or value what so ever. Does not send a message worth hearing about. I do not suggest.
By the way , if MTV are anti drugs will they stop playing videos from stars who freely admit taking drugs ?