difficult to review this movie – in fact I’ve asked at least
two friends who would consider themselves more critics that I to write
this review (but strangely no-one ever has)…so by default here
– you could not have heard of Trainspotting – unless you’re
about 14 (in which case you were 3 when this film was made). Taken from
a book by Irving Welsh and directly brilliantly by Danny Boyle it tells
the story of a group of Scottish misfits some of whom are more dependant
on Heroin than others!
be clear – THIS IS NOT – a pro drugs movie – in case
you’ve missed drugs education – if you tell lots of people
not to do something they’ll just as likely do it. Better to inform
them of the consequences and let them make their own choice and that
choice is likely to be a better one. You can tell I’m sick to
death of people ranting on how this is a film advocating taking H –
I mean have you seen the movie!!
McGregor's character Renton is either stealing to get H, stealing other
drugs to buy H or high – and he does all these things beautifully!
The equally charismatic Johnny Lee Miller plays Sick Boy, a suave Sean
Connery fan who puts money over his friends any time. Robert Carlyle
plays Begbie, a nationalistic hothead who gets high on violence rather
than heroin. Ewen Bremner plays Spud, the nerdy follower who is the
most luckless of the clan – who has the clearly best line of the
'Mr. Murphy, what attracts you to the leisure industry?
‘In a word: pleasure. It's like, my pleasure in other people's
superb Kevin McKidd as Tommy, the clean, exercise junkie who will, much
later in his career, play the Roman centurion in the HBO version of
Rome and is also in the equally superb Dog Soldiers . Kelly MacDonald
(in her first movie role) is a temptress schoolgirl who falls for Renton
in a bar (gives him a diatribe that would fell an SS Panzer division)
and who can either forget her perfect breasts or Rentons line in the
haven't felt that good since Archie Gemmill scored against Holland in
Renton's character is central, all of his "so called friends"
are cleanly written, well summarised, and do their part to create the
air of hostility and pressure which Renton must face in his battle to
rid himself of heroin.