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T2 Trainspotting (2017)

R | | Drama | 31 March 2017 (USA)
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After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie.

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Danny Boyle

Writers:

John Hodge, Irvine Welsh (based on the books Porno and Trainspotting by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Renton
Logan Gillies Logan Gillies ... Simon (aged 9)
Ben Skelton Ben Skelton ... Renton (aged 9)
Aiden Haggarty Aiden Haggarty ... Spud (aged 9)
Daniel Smith Daniel Smith ... Begbie (aged 9)
Elijah Wolf ... Tommy (aged 9)
Robert Carlyle ... Begbie / Begbie's Father
Steven Robertson ... Stoddart
Ewen Bremner ... Spud
John Kazek John Kazek ... Tom (Rehab Group)
Shirley Henderson ... Gail
Charlie Hardie Charlie Hardie ... Fergus (aged 9)
Scott Aitken Scott Aitken ... Farmer
Gordon Kennedy ... Tulloch
Jonny Lee Miller ... Simon
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Storyline

First there was an opportunity......then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Face your past. Choose your future.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, language throughout, strong sexual content, graphic nudity and some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This is the first time since 1997 that Ewan McGregor and Danny Boyle have worked together (since A Life Less Ordinary (1997)). The two had a falling out when McGregor was passed over for the lead in The Beach (2000) in favor of Leonardo DiCaprio. McGregor stated they've since reconciled, and he considers the whole matter "water under the bridge". See more »

Goofs

It is frequently mentioned that the events of this film take place 20 years after the events in the original movie. Renton states that he is now 46 years old. There is a flashback to the characters as children, and it is explicitly stated in the end credits that the characters are all 9 years old. Therefore, Sick Boy would surely know that 20 years ago when Tommy died, Tommy was nearer to 26 years of age, not "22 or 23". See more »

Quotes

Spud: You! You bastard!
Renton: What?
Spud: What the fuck are you doing to me?
Renton: I was fuckin' savin' your life!
Spud: Save my life? You ruined my fuckin' life... you ruined it! Now, your ruinin' my fuckin' death too! Thanks a lot, amigo!
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Crazy Credits

The initial final credits appear over modified scenes of tower blocks and other buildings being demolished. Once the cast credits appear, the background changes to amorphous, swirling, mainly black/ white/ grey shapes. See more »

Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 23 January 2017 (2017) See more »

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Deep Blue Day
Performed by Brian Eno
Written by Brian Eno, Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois
Courtesy of Virgin EMI Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
Published by Opal Music Ltd.
All rights administered by Bucks Music Group Ltd.
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Still a damn fine junkie movie in its own right
20 March 2017 | by kaptenvideo-89875See all my reviews

What's with the title? Everybody knows that T2 means only Terminator 2 and this kind of abbreviation should not be used in other cases! But the movie itself is not bad, not bad at all.

Most of all a sequel and fan service to modern classic „Trainspotting" (1996), still a damn fine junkie movie in its own right, which flung Ewan McGregor and director Danny Boyle to international movie career-dom.

It also certainly helped the other stars such as Kelly Macdonald, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller and Ewen Bremner – but they have stayed relatively less known to wider public, especially just by the name.

I don't want to reveal too much about the events but the Renton is back home and tries to make up with the old buddies that he robbed blind before leaving for good 20 years ago.

So, the gang is back, ready to give choosing life another go. If you care about the first movie, you will probably like the new one too. If you don't know the characters and faces, then it's probably harder to hop on the „Scottish city youth working class junkie" train and instantly care about the main characters and their quarrels.

But everybody behind and in front of the camera gives their darndest best to make you like the material, and they succeed. The result has enough action, humor, suspense, and depth to be recommended for newcomers also.

Both „Trainspottings" are partially based on the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh. The 1996's movie was a straight-er adaptation, the second one uses a bit of both the original novel and the sequel „Porno" to create something new-ish.

It would be fair to call the result an action comedy that stands on its own, but keeping the original's sense of black comedy intact, and the characters of course.

„T2" may not look much like the „Trainspotting" but it feels so fresh and captivating that that's not gonna be a problem. We will get all kinds of tongue-in-cheek nods to the original experience but the visual style is exciting and modern, as it should many years later. Boyle truly is one of the more interesting directors working today, as his countless fans would gladly agree.

.I've read many of Welsh's books, including „Trainspotting" and „Porno". I've also seen all of the movie versions (excluding „Ecstasy"), with the favorite being „The Acid House". I feel that „T2" is the most un-Welsh-like adaptation so far, and it strays from the novel, but it's not a bad thing because the movie makers have managed to carve out something new, fresh and interesting.

There's less of doing drugs in „T2" but somehow there's an even sharper sense of what drugs can do to a person and relationships in the long run. The deeper message is sharp: if you don't find a meaning to your life, there's not gonna be much of a life for you in store.

Acting is fine all around but I especially like how much Carlyle as the notorious Begbie has changed. He seems even more reckless, horrifying and dangerous than before – up there with cinema history's greatest bad guys surely –, but there's also a new unspoken dimension of sadness and unlived potential which the actor translates and brings to the screen. It's a masterful performance and actually the emotional anchor to movie as a whole.

So all in all, this is a good example of a sequel done right. I did not exactly need this but am surely glad that they made it anyway, and with some conviction and purpose. It will not stay in memory as long as the predecessor but it's well made in every aspect!


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English | Bulgarian | Scots

Release Date:

31 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$170,575, 19 March 2017

Gross USA:

$2,402,004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,681,746
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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