deals with a controversial subject in a perfect
manner with an excellent cast, great visuals, and a racing sountrack.
Do not embarass yourself by not owning this. Even if you have
never bought a DVD. Stop. Choose Trainspotting. Choose the definitive
Trainspotting: The Definitive Edition
starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Robert
Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller.
Directed by Danny Boyle from Irvine Welsh's superb novel
adaptation of the novel by Irvine Welsh, this is the alternately amusing
and disturbing story of a heroin addict from Edinburgh called Renton. He
is desperate to kick the habit and finally manages to get clean by moving
away to London. However Renton's friends Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie turn up
on his doorstep and try to drag him back to a life of drugs and crime.
Will he choose life or self-destruction?..
The film that effectively launched the star careers of Robert Carlyle,
Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller, Trainspotting is a hard, barbed
picaresque, culled from the bestseller
by Irvine Welsh and thrown down against the heroin hinterlands of
Edinburgh. Directed with abandon by Danny Boyle, it conspires to be at
once a hip youth flick and a grim cautionary fable.
McGregor, Lee Miller and Ewen Bremner play a slouching trio of Scottish
junkies, Carlyle their narcotic-eschewing but hard-drinking and generally
psychotic mate Begbie. In Boyle's hands, their lives unfold in a rush of
euphoric highs, blow-out overdoses and agonising withdrawals (all cued to
a vogueish pop soundtrack).
Throughout it all, John Hodge's screenplay strikes a delicate balance
between acknowledging the inherent pleasures of drug use and spotlighting
its eventual consequences. In Trainspotting's world view, it all comes
down to a choice between the dangerous Day-Glo highs of the addict and the
grey, grinding consumerism of the everyday Joe. "Choose life",
quips the film's narrator (McGregor) in a monologue that was to become a
mantra. "Choose a job, choose a starter home... But why would anyone
want to do a thing like that?"
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