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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.
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…
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…
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…
Driven by beats of dark comedy, bleak tragedy, human drama, and character-based energy, Danny Boyle's "Trainspotting" is a layered look at the transition from youth to adulthood. Deftly sidestepping genre definition, this look is marked by addiction, sex, death, and Scotland. Boyle yanks the film from comedy to drama and back, but the coming-of-adult-age story speaks straightforward truths about life's harrowing journey.
Revolving around a group of Scottish friends who are more enamored with heroine and violence than they are adult responsibilities, "Trainspotting" charts the highs and low of addiction, friendships, and life's misadventures. Ewan McGregor's Renton is the focus of the story, and, through him, the audience examines the stylized and filthy debauchery of the heroine habit and the…
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.
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.
Note to self: Never do heroin
Trainspotting is darkly comical, tragic, surreal, fucked up and an honest depiction of drug abuse. Granted, I have never done drugs but this makes me want to stay away from them even more.
The first and second act are well and fit together but the third act is my least favorite as it seemed at times they weren't sure what to do with the characters. Despite that, I liked it overall even if it's not always easy to watch.
7.5 (out of 10).
P.S. I've never heard the word "cunt" used so often in a movie before. By Scottish standards the word is not as bad as it is in America which is something I found interesting.
CHRIS’S GOOD OLD MOVIES
89.1%, IRELAND, 1987
As many of you know, I am a huge fan of classic movies, and they don’t come more classic than Trainspotting, directed by the legendary Scottish director Danny Hill. Trainspotting might be hard to understand in terms of the dialogue the characters use, but apart from that it’s a cast-iron classic in every way, from its punchy rock out soundtrack to great performances from Ewan ‘Obi-Wan’ McGregor and Robert Hill as the villainous Beggie. Those of you who are disturbed by casual drug use may want to give it a miss- the film is actually about heroin users in England- but there’s much more to it than that, as summed up in the film’s memorable tagline ‘Choose a life!’ A genuine triumph against the odds classic, Trainspotting will have you punching the air. Proof that there are still great films being made in the good old UK.
Positively one of my new favorite films.
Puppy Monkey Baby.
This has everything I like in it. Drugs, Ewan McGregor's witch finger, and a whole mess of dark comedy.
That sequel is going to be bad hey?
Trainspotting is an insane, energy-filled drug trip of brilliant perfomances and direction. I had really one problem with the film involving the main character's "girlfriend" who is basically just thrown away and never given anything for the last thirty minutes. And, I don't understand why this is getting a sequel. That will be interesting.
Great movie. Love the insight to moving on and "choosing life". Feels very "Clockwork Orange" to me but still is a great movie
A chilling masterpiece, one of my all time favorites
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Ahh, addition.. Nothing like a cringe-worthy film about heroin addiction to remind you to stay in school and stick to the straight arrow path, or something like that.
Trainspotting was everything I had heard it to be. A friend of mine recommended it when we were talking about Requiem for a Dream, and after I mentioned Basketball Diaries (great film btw), he recommended this one! When I heard it was an early role of Ewan McGregor I couldn't resist very long. After seeing the withdrawal scenes from Basketball Diaries I was expecting the aforementioned cringe-worthy scenes, but when Renten dove into "The Worst Toilet in Scotland" I knew this film was truly something else.. And don't even get me started…
What is it with Scottish people and being perfect for depressing movies expertly disguised as oddball comedies? That being said...I've only seen 3 so far. I should make a list.
Anyway. I only went into Trainspotting knowing "Danny Boyle was great in Sunshine" and "This movie is about heroin addicts". And honestly, I have no words that probably haven't already been said elsewhere. All I'll say is that I was absolutely thrilled for it's entire runtime, the dialouge and acting was SO perfect, the brief surreal moments were an excellent idea and the sense of urgency and pace beats Birdman into the ground. That opening monologue, man. Trainspotting has instantly become one of my favourites.