“Choose life… But why would I want to do a thing like that?”
Not only did Danny Boyle manage to put Irvine Welsh‘s “unadaptable” novel ‘Trainspotting’ on celluloid, but he did it with such kinetic, frenetic and phenomenally stylish aplomb that he also managed to craft one of the 90s most singularly defining films – and stars of its fantastic ensemble. Ewan McGregor commands the lead role of heroin addict Mark Renton, who stumbles through bad ideas and sobriety attempts with his unreliable friends – including Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Begbie (Robert Carlyle), Spud (Ewen Bremner) and Tommy (Kevin McKidd). He even also has an underage girlfriend, Diane (Kelly Macdonald, in her film debut), along for the ride. After cleaning up and moving from Edinburgh to London, Mark finds he can’t escape the life he left behind when Begbie shows up at his front door on the lam, and a scheming Sick Boy follows.
“A brutal, often times funny, other times terrifying portrayal of drug addiction in Edinburgh. Not for the faint of heart, but well worth viewing as a realistic and entertaining reminder of the horrors of drug use.” (Rotten Tomatoes)
“TRAINSPOTTING, buoyed by a great Brit Pop soundtrack and Brian Tufano’s agile cinematography, captures the stoned-out, gut-churning experience of hardcore addiction with hallucinogenic acuity.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Catch Danny Boyle’s original 1996 film TRAINSPOTTING as part of a double feature with the 2017 follow up, TRAINSPOTTING 2 – back-to-back!
TRAINSPOTTING (Danny Boyle, 1996 / 93 mins / 18A) Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
T2 TRAINSPOTTING (Danny Boyle, 2017 / 117 mins / 18A) 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 returns to the only place he can ever call home.They are waiting for him: Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie. 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.