A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
A wild, freeform, Rabelaisian trip through the darkest recesses of Edinburgh low-life, focusing on Mark Renton and his attempt to give up his heroin habit, and how the latter affects his relationship with family and friends: Sean Connery wannabe Sick Boy, dimbulb Spud, psycho Begbie, 14-year-old girlfriend Diane, and clean-cut athlete Tommy, who's never touched drugs but can't help being curious about them... Written by
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Mark "Rent-boy" Renton:
Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck ...
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One of the best films ever - a lot of people missed the point
It's ironic that I'm saying "many people missed the point" because I
did, too. My original review on IMDb gave the film a negative rating. I
deleted it months ago because I have since purchased the Director's Cut
on DVD and fallen in love with it.
The movie is energetic, imaginative and unique. It's taken from Irvine
Welsh's novel, which I now really want to read. It's about a group of
heroin addicts (led by Ewan McGregor's Renton) in Scotland who can't
seem to live past their addiction...everything centers around drugs.
"Trainspotting" was condemned for promoting drug use, but I agree with
fellow reviewer Bob the Moo who claims this was a misinterpretation on
the media's behalf - yeah, it may show drugs as being "funny" at times
(like Renton's wacky hallucination) but it certainly doesn't glamorize
them. Some of the sequences are sickeningly realistic and depressing -
like the scene with the baby. That's tragic stuff, and totally
unexpected. It's also effective because by that point in the film we
care about the characters enough for it to affect us on an emotional
The movie was really popular in the UK but never got much acclaim
overseas. Americans in general will always be less liberal and be
quicker to damn films for their messages. "Taxi Driver" was hailed by
Europeans in '76...can't really say the same for US critics - it was a
huge split in opinion at the time.
Ditto here. Most Americans didn't really "get it" and the only
attention it received was the controversy surrounding the appearance of
Mr. McGregor's genitalia. Oh, the humanity! If you haven't seen
"Trainspotting" yet, I highly recommend it. Don't be turned off at
first by its bleak humor and sick content - I won't lie, it IS a rough
ride...but by the end, it's worth it.
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