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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.
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!
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…
Film 17 of The June Challenge
"We would have injected vitamin C if only they had made it illegal."
You know those films which deal with undeniably bleak subject matter and somehow manage to seamlessly blend that with some (very) black comedy? I think I may have just found the perfect example.
Because in addition to what I just mentioned, this film contains one of the best group of characters I've seen. There's the unhinged psychopath Begbie, terrifyingly brought to life by Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller's amoral Sick Boy and Ewan McGregor's relatively sane (compared to the rest of the group anyway) Mark Renton, whose efforts to kick his heroin habit end up putting most of the plot into…
There is many an argument for "The Best British Film Ever".
And this is mine.
Sometimes the best, is merely of the right time. Trainspotting is of the right time for me. And indeed, my generation.
It makes a horrible thing beautiful. Then makes it horrible again. And THEN makes giving up the horrible thing beautiful.
But is it the best British film ever?
Made by a relatively unknown Danny Boyle, starring a relatively unknown cast of Scottish actors (and one Englishman..), it turned nearly everyone involved into superstars. It's marketing campaign at the time, with its one sheet character posters, and its unbelievable soundtrack make Trainspotting the best British film of my lifetime anyway. Which isn't really hard. But…
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.
This movie's reputation always precedes it, but I have to say I wasn't very much taken with it. The principal cast is fantastic, the crude humor almost always works, but the attempts at hard-hitting drama... don't. Ewan McGregor's attempt at kicking heroin cold turkey and the accidental death of an innocent baby are supposed to carry the emotional weight of the movie, they're supposed to tamp down any idea that these devilish characters are just having a bit of fun, but these moments seem superficial bordering on callousness. Misery is so goddamn fleeting in this movie and it doesn't seem right.
The brilliance of Danny Boyle shines through. Highly Recommended.
Choose Danny Boyle.
Remind me not to do heroin. Very raw, unabashed movie. A little difficult to understand the mates every now and then, especially Spud, but man what a great movie.
Short Review: How can a film so bleak be so funny? How can a film so weird be so watchable? How can a film so disgusting be so awesome? Somehow, this film exists and manages to show all the good, bad, and ugliness of heroin addiction and Edinburgh street life. It sure is trippy.
A great fucking film this mate.
Danny Boyle is the director who can surprise you with a kind of movies which are odd. This movie first tells us that drug is a good thing then moves on to the rehab part then again a drug part but this time selling and finally ripping mates who are shite.
The acting was excellent and the camera work was really good. The scenes of the the worst toilet in Scotland was very vulgar in my sense, i was nearly vomiting. The scene were the baby is dead was taken very good. The music was a power house in this movie.
This movie aged quite well.
A raw and graphic portrait of drug addictions, but at the same time managing to get away with a casual tone and some sense of humour. It also shows that in a rehab leaving drugs its only the first step to abandon a destructive lifestyle and to get away from relationships that can be even harder to leave than the drugs themselves. Solid characters, and an interesting plot that follows the struggle of the protagonist.
I'm looking at the ratings for Trainspotting and seeing mostly 4's and 5's, so to all you blokes that absolutely love this movie I apologize, because I absolutely hate it. I'm not the kind of person that's entertained by dead malnourished babies and senseless bloody violence. If that's your thing, cool. But movies like this are at the bottom of my watch list and I've got zero interest in them. Srry again.
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Some love it, some hate it, but I figured we might as well have the IMDb list here. Since it's…