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Ecstasy is to ecstasy what Trainspotting was to heroin. Different times, different drugs, but the Scotland-set story of addiction and redemption is pretty much the same.
Not so much chemical romance as serious downer, it all seems so old.
A drug-fueled landscape impacted by the Thatcher years, characterized by Scottish working class misery and massive unemployment feeding the underground drug economy. And reflecting Welsh's own conflicting personas as cult figure, pariah and antichrist.
Ecstasy attempts to conjure the same sense of insanity, musical muscle, and impish wit, only to stumble repeatedly as it struggles to put on a dazzling sound and light show.
Its fondness for the writer and the drug film genre may be evident; however neither can turn Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy into anything more than an inferior homage.
In the end, ECSTASY wants to have it both ways -- drugs are celebrated at the beginning of the film, and condemned -- or at least the crime connected with them is - by the end.
One gets the feeling this director doesn't think his target audience is all that smart.
A crass and shallow exploration of a potentially interesting topic, which makes for one downer of a cinematic trip.
Only those still clubbing on ecstasy are likely to enjoy this but then they love everything.
Ecstasy proved itself to be resoundingly more soporific than serotonin enhancing.
Ultimately disappointing, thanks to some dodgy performances, irritating characters and a hackneyed, seen-it-all-before script that has nothing new to say.
Getting a fix on reality is the challenge in this exploration of truth, lies & ecstasy set in Edinburgh drug & club scene.. captures the claustrophobic essence of the scene it depicts in a world without light
Trainspotting it is not.
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