The Despair (2009) – By Brian Morton

Drugs are a problem in the U.S. It’s as simple as that, there’s not much more that needs to be said. However, if you have a loved one who’s addicted, it’s not quite so cut and dried. We’ve all seen people in and out of rehab, some turning around, others making a drug-free pit stop in their life. Well, in a new movie from Mike Crawford, The Despair, we see both sides of the ‘drug life’ and how it can affect you.

The story begins with Sean, a drug addict who’s tired of his life, he wants to change and he’s in rehab to get better. Sean meets Cliff, who’s not so sure about changing; Cliff enjoys his life of drug use. Cliff convinces Sean and several others in rehab to leave and head to his uncle’s cabin in the Pine Barrens. The weekend begins as a party, there’s plenty of drinking and having fun, then someone pulls out some crystal meth and things get a bit more intense. As the group wanders off, they find an abandoned industrial site and one of the girls disappears. After searching for her, the decision is made that she’s just left them and the party should continue, Sean isn’t so happy with this and wants to keep searching, sensing that trouble is near. As the group one by one are forced to choose between clean and sober & life or drugs & death, the intensity of the movie ramps up!

The Despair is an excellent portrait of drug use, people who find their lives infected by drugs often discover that they’re merely a slave to their habit and that nothing around them matters except their next fix. The Despair does an excellent job getting that point across. I’m giving The Despair 3 1/2 out of 4 cigars, it’s not the perfect movie, but if you’re in the mood for a very intense drama, then this is for you. Find out more by clicking over to