Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy
Never be afraid of love, everyone is looking for
ECSTASY is a dark romantic comedy, based on the controversial book, “Ecstasy”, by Irvine Welsh. “Ecstasy”, was translated into 20 languages and was a number one bestseller in over 20 countries. Mr. Welsh’s first book, “Trainspotting”, published in 1993, (and voted by Waterstone, Europe’s largest bookstore chain, as one of the Ten Best Books of the Century), sold over 1 million copies in the UK alone, and has its own Cinematic Cinderella success story.
"They say that death kills you, But death doesn't kill you. Boredom and indifference kill you."
No, watching this film will fucking kill you.
Abominable druggy drama with an awful script and even worse performances.
The riffing on Trainspotting is so broad that at times it borders on parody - only minus any of the wit, charm or flair of its progenitor.
The Scottish accents on display in this make Mike Myers sound born-and-bred.
Badly scripted which makes it hard to believe it was based on an Irvine Welsh book. In fact its hardly like the short story it's based on at all. Don't know where all the stuff about drug mules, crazy bad guys & perfect canadians came from. It was also quite boring in parts with a cheesey romance running through it. Oh and despite being set in Scotland, there was a lot a fake bad accents which is unforgiveable in an Irvine Welsh story!
Set in Edinburgh but with only two Scottish actors and mostly everyone else with terrible Scottish accents, being Scottish it really took me out off the film, which was a generic drug film that just bored me to tears at points, and i really didn't care about any of the characters.
This might have been good if I was wrecked on chemicals but I wasn't so it wasn't very good. Dont think I will be taking up the narcotic habit any time soon so this film will always be not very good. Makes you want to watch a certain old Danny Boyle film which is good even for us clean living movie fans!
A story about a drug addict whose addiction and monotonous lifestyle catch up with him, based on the short story 'The Undefeated' from Irvine Welsh's 'Ecstasy'.
The film features two good performances from Adam Sinclair as Lloyd, the protagonist, and Kristin Kreuk as his love interest, Heather. The script is fairly good in its own right - good dialogue works well with an interesting narrative and plot.
However there are some negatives. The scenery feels all too familiar; with a lot of the scenes and a lot of the imagery feeling as if it has been taken straight from 'Trainspotting'.
It also feels somewhat outdated too. Basement raves and ecstasy were huge in the 90s when the novella was written.…
Watching stupid people doing drugs. If I go to the next club I can do that in real life. It's also boring as hell but at least I'm out and can listen to some good music.
The director had an amazing and layered story handed to him on a plate and he made a watered down, irrelevant, cleaned up shade of the book. I started watching it scared that I might loose my meal and ended up dozing off.
The book is called Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance for a reason and the film chooses to just show The Undefeated; the last story that in and of itself is the most normal and truly only has much impact after reading the roller coaster ride of the previous two.
There are so many amazing characters in the book that are filled not only with heart and depth, while some giving the reader a feeling of downright…
I can't help but think that there's a good movie hiding in here...
Unfortunately, it would need a different director, script and cast to bring it out.
If Trainspotting and several other similar movies hadn't come first, then this might have had a chance. As it is, we've seen it all before and this is just boring now.
If this film had a face I'd give it a Glasgow Smile.
Review from my VOD column "This Week on Demand"
Desperately trying to evoke the spirit of Trainspotting, whose author’s name evidently holds enough cultural caché to be unceremoniously inserted into the title of this imitative adaptation, Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy is a ghastly mess of a movie, slightly less entertaining than watching an intoxicated imbecile perform a very bad celebrity impression for almost two hours. That is, after all, largely what Rob Heydon’s feature debut is, aping Danny Boyle’s 1996 classic at every step and reminding us precisely what was so good, so striking, so original about that film. Ecstasy isn’t as much derivative of Trainspotting as it is derivative of the films derived from those that were derivative of it;…
It was kind of dull and familiar, compared to, say, TRAINSPOTTING. But it has me wandering around using a bad accent all day, so there's an extra half-star for that.
And if I'm being Peter Pervy, I will say an early sex scene displayed one of the most beautiful young ladies I've seen on film in ages. Huzzah, beautiful young lady.
While I have high hopes for "Filth" coming later this year, this one missed the mark. I expected it to be an adaptation of the Irvine Welsh collection of stories and it wasn't. This would have worked much better as a short film rather than a feature, as it was a short story to begin with. It wasn't horrible, but if you're not going to put Welsh on the screen properly, why do it at all?