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Renton is living the dream and that dream is Heroin. As Renton struggles with the agony and ecstasy of his life we follow him and his increasingly unstable mates. Drinking, fighting, drugs, sex and the most disgusting toilet in Scotland. Choose Trainspotting.
Film #69 of Project 90
”Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?”
Trainspotting is the definition of the word crazy, like its protagonists Danny Boyle’s wild, uproarious and super-dynamic film is shooting heroine all the time. With a central character who can’t control his juvenile impulsiveness, a screenplay full of unforgettable little moments (“My pleasure in other people's leisure!”), a soundtrack to die for and Danny Boyle’s reckless visual style Trainspotting is one of those culturally significant films that changes the medium forever and manages to modify the way we approach movies, it is a movie that captures the spirit of a specific time and place perfectly, a cult, or a modern classic if you like.
Danny Boyle’s film is…
The word "trainspotting" can mean alot of things.
It literally translates to the phyisical act of watching trains, whether it be for a hobby or for recreation.
It's also commonly used as a term for shooting up heroin because the substance moves through your veins like a train on a track.
In the context of Danny Boyle's masterpiece, the word means all of the above. The life of a heroin addict could be summed up as the act of watching trains. You are watching hundreds of lives pass you by as the train speeds past. There are people going many different places. There are people coming from heartbreaks and there are people heading towards a new life. The addict isn't…
This film makes me relieved I'm more of an alcohol man than a druggie...
The first time I saw this film some years back (like middle school), the only thing I took away from this is that it was that it was...weird. I didn't quite "get it".
Now after years of learning shit and experiencing shit, I think I finally "get it" and from what I get or think I get, I'm starting to love this.
This gives you an understanding of drug addiction and why drugs are bad without coming off as a PSA. It comes off as a very honest portrayal. It shows us the ins and outs of the drug; what makes it beautiful, ugly, mesmerizing, and…
A sickeningly realistic look into the lives of drug addicts. This film was graphic, humorous and depressing all while remaining incredibly raw. You do feel a sense of sympathy for these characters even though they are completely acting on their own free will. The film really emphasizes the feeling of being powerless when it comes to drugs, how everything in life seems to be just filler until "the next hit".
The performances, across the board, were amazing. Robert Carlyle as Begbie, for me in particular was really outstanding. It was with this character that the film showed drugs were not the only outlet for destruction. Begbie was fueled by alcohol and extreme anger, which created a very violent and at times, very scary character.
Beautifully shot, brilliantly acted and masterfully adapted from Irvine Welsh's novel of the same name, Trainspotting is definitely not a film to miss. I can't believe I've waited this long.
Danny Boyle's Trainspotting is a disturbingly comedic view on the lives of a group of heroin users in Scotland. The plot revolves mostly around Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) and his attempt to stop using heroin while watching his buddies continue using. The ups and downs that go with finding what in life is missing, without using. This film had the ability to make sad situations funny, while keeping the seriousness of the story line. I cannot believe I waited this long to see this, but better late than never!
Man this film is filthy; the sets, the costumes, the language, the toilets (oh god! the toilets), the bed sheets, the drugs, Ewen Bremner ect...
Now THIS is my favourite from Danny Boyle, which includes some fantastic performances from the likes of Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewan Bremner and the ever so insane Robert Carlyle. This hilarious, really dark journey to self destruction is difficult to watch in some places but highly recommended.
It was difficult to understand the characters, though entertaining. I was also lost most of the time on the plot. However, there were some pretty incredible shots, something I am a sucker for. And I absolutely loved the opening scene.
Surreal and experiential.
Es buena, se nota como le ha pasado el tiempo pero me gusta y sobretodo como cada personaje tiene una caracteristica muy marcada que lo hace unico, la historia se va desarrolando bien y los tiempos creo que son precisos. La fotografia me gusto mucho, algo tiene que me agrada, de alguna manera es expresionista y te da mucho con eso.
Las camaras me gustaron a exepcion de una que otra ecena pero como dije es cosa del tiempo ademas de que no habia el gran presupuesto supong, creo que la direccion es muy buena.
'Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It starts off very strong but then, about halfway through, the plot and tone take a huge change and everything stops making any thematic sense. Much of the plot ends up not being resolved and we don't end up learning anything in regards to drug addiction. How can we know that Renton overcomes his addiction at the end? What happened to his high schooler girlfriend? Why does Renton learn that his lifestyle is wrong through an event totally unrelated to his drug use? The questions go on and on...
Loosely based on Irvine Welsh’s first novel of the same name, Trainspotting transports us to the seedy underbelly of the ‘culturally rich’ city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Where we spend a great deal of unstructured time following 5 friends as they shoot heroine, drink, smoke, fight, avoid employment and generally screw up as they look for their next narcotics score.
Trainspotting doesn’t have a plot as such, and only tacks on a ‘big drug deal’ narrative at the end of the proceedings to bring the film home. Until then, it’s the adventures of Mark “Rent-boy” Renton (Ewan McGregor) and company, and more a collection of moments that attempt to give the viewer some insight into the world of the drug user.…
It's nearly 20 years since the one and only time that I saw Trainspotting, and yet it's place in popular culture and the strength of some of the key scenes; meant that it was very familiar to me on this viewing.
The towering strength of the movie is the performance of Robert Carlyle. A man whose presence on screen has the ability to make you really nervous as to what he might do next. The rest of the cast give strong performances too, but it's the script that makes the piece crackle along. Essentially it's a comedy, but there are those unforgettable key scenes, one of which is pretty harrowing, which lift Trainspotting up and above your average movie.
Sure, the low budget seeps through on occasion and there's a face palm "is that Keith Fucking Allen??!!" Moment; but that aside, it's a really great movie.
Tonal issues, etc. Quite watchable (not a great thing for a heroin flick) though nothing terribly dynamic.
This is in my top 10. Love all the Sex, Drugs, and Music. The raw look and feel of Boyle's interpretation of adolescence in the 90s when Pop Culture was going through a big change is just impeccable.
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