Honest and eye opening portrayal into the daily life and routine of a woman struggling through drug addiction. Acts of Worship is filmed with amazing correspondence with the emotions and feelings that the drugs bring out. The movie explores the hardships and trails Alix experiences and the dangers associated with severe drug use. It is a story to last throughout the ages that brings much needed attention to the steady increase of drug addiction in America. Exploring a side of society that is normally overlooked, Acts of Worship, shows how a seemingly good and innocent childhood can take a nightmare twist, completely transforming the future. There is no stereotype for a drug addict, nothing needs to go wrong in there childhood, nothing needs to go wrong period. The draw to the drugs is just there, and once they start, they cannot stop. Most willing to abandon anything, to give up anything, for just one more fix. Altering all of the dreams and aspirations once held for a normal life.
When the story begins, it gives the viewer a look at how drug use can transform and destroy the relationships that we hold most dear. In many cases turning into violence and abuse to cope with the reality of being sick. This move gives a constant reminder of the threats of street life. Exploring the constant presence of drug dealers, the ever growing threat of contracting AIDS, and the continuing threat from police. The film also offers a disturbing view of the effect of drugs on the children of the addicts. The children are affected in the gravest way from the drug addiction. They are not given the family structure that is needed for healthy development. They are deprived of the one thing that they desire, the love and attention of their parents. But because of the drugs, they never have any hope in obtaining this. Literally making them orphans the day that they are born.
But when Alix reaches rock bottom and overdoses a neighbor lends a helping hand. Pulling Alix from the deepest depths of addiction, showing her that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It is a pleasant reminder that a neighbor’s kindness can help to turn the world around. But with the blessing of becoming clean there is always the threat of relapse playing in the back of your mind. The ever present reality that with one slip you could fall backwards into a world of darkness. This movie makes the viewer realize that you cannot judge a person by how they look or even by how successful they are. You must always remember that everyone has a past, and only that person knows what they have experienced. You can never know somebody’s past but at the same time its your past that defines you. Decades later it is your past, what you have lived through, that defines and structures your life. It defines you but does not inhibit you, there is always hope for recovery, and your life can always be saved. The desire just needs to be inside you. The movie concludes with the surprising and untimely end to one of the characters held most dear.
I would recommend this movie to anyone looking for an eye opener, willing to see the brutal reality of drug addiction. it is an honest unbiased look at what is going on in America today. A film that deserves recognition for its honesty and its script. The film serves as a powerful reminder to appreciate the beauty in life. You should treasure every day, because you never know what morning will be your last.