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Trainspotting

Reviewed By Chris Parry
Posted 09/07/98 23:23:22

"Darkly disturbing, deeply amusing - a fucking good film."
5 stars (Awesome)

"Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a starter home. Choose dental insurance, leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three piece suit and wondering who you the fuck you are on a Monday morning. Choose your future. Choose life. I chose something else."

And so it begins, in Trainspotting - a well written, well executed, well scored look at the Edinburgh drug scene as directed and written by Danny Boyle. This is heroin un-chic, or perhaps cold turkey-noir, and in my opinion is the best independent film of the last ten years.

Though Ewan McGregor had been forcing his way to the A-list for quite some time with outstanding roles in films like Shallow Grave, it was Trainspotting that made him the flavor of the month.

Ewan stars as Renton, your average English lad trying to wean himself off the nipple of heroin addiction. This task is made all the more difficult by the presence of his buddies, Spud, Sick Boy, Tommy and Begbie.

Spud is a social retard who depends on his drugs to get through a day, Sick Boy has too much fun getting his hit to consider kicking it seriously, Tommy wants nothing to do with smack - at least for now, and Begbie, while not a smackie, is a psychopathic alcoholic.

The cast is a great one for a British indie. Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, and Robert Carlyle are all way talented. Carlyle, the lead Monty'er in the Full Monty, is particularly funny/scary.

Trainspotting is the kind of movie that is easy to place on a similar level to Pulp Fiction only, unlike Pulp Fiction, this film is completely original.

Put simply, Trainspotting is one of those films that gets the mixture just right. The dialogue, the music, the performances, the direction, the production values, the humor, the shock-value.

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