21 years after Trainspotting became a cult classic, director Danny Boyle
revisits the world of Mark Renton (Ewan Mc Gregor), Spud (Ewen Bremner),
Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle).
Renton, who two decades ago stole £16000 from his three friends, is now
staying in Amsterdam and after suffering a near death experience he decides
that it’s time to head back to Edinburgh and bury the ghosts of the past.
Back home he finds that Sick Boy is living with his Bulgarian girlfriend,
Veronika (Anjela Nedyalkova) and is reluctantly running his mother’s pub in
Leith. Spud as well as being a father is still struggling with his heroin
addiction whilst last and not least, Begbie is still as psychotic as he
Based on Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting and its sequel Porno T2:
Trainspotting feels like a visit to old friends. Boyle manages to blend
flashbacks, which there are many, seamlessly into the new story line
The cast of Trainspotting all return to their original roles, some to a
lesser degree than others, however standing out above an outstanding cast
performance is Robert Carlyle, his performance as Begbie is the glue that
holds the whole story together.
T2: Trainspotting might not be the classic that the original was, the story
might be on the long side, two hours this time rather than the compact 93
minutes of the original, however it’s got enough plus points to come highly
recommended, don’t miss.