T2 Trainspotting

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T2 Trainspotting adds an intoxicating, emotionally resonant postscript to its classic predecessor, even without fully recapturing the original's fresh, subversive thrill.

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First there was an opportunity......then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton returns to the only place he can ever call home.They are waiting for him: Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie. Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance.

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Critic Reviews for T2 Trainspotting

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  • "T2 Trainspotting" is mostly a character study of damaged people trying to reconcile their troubled pasts and find a motivation to move forward.

    Mar 30, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A film nowhere near as revelatory as the original, but in some ways more satisfying, the proper closing of a tale that had been left open-ended.

    Mar 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Nothing in T2 is memorable.

    Mar 25, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Improbably, the film vaults over most pitfalls of long-threatened sequels while evolving the delicately crafted world in the original. It's a more sober, mature film, but no less entertaining or provocative.

    Mar 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • With a pulsing soundtrack and an ending scene that cleverly ties the whole thing back to the first picture, T2 is a sequel that is at least the equal of the revered original.

    Mar 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • T2 Trainspotting has one foot firmly planted in nostalgia and the other rooted in the present, and thanks in great part to Boyle's unique, world-class talent, everything old feels new again.

    Mar 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for T2 Trainspotting

  • Feb 24, 2018
    It?s actually pretty decent for a sequel, but my issue was I just didn't care about these characters anymore. It was entertaining when they were young and stupid, now they are just old, sad and pathetic. And the drug problems where I live are so much worse than when the original film came out... I am fed up with druggies and lowlifes in real life, it's not fun to watch them on a movie.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2017
    It's very rare that a sequel to a film is made almost a decade and a half later, stapling itself as a worthy successor, bringing back everything you loved about the original movie. Yes, it's been done many times before, but it's always a risk. That being said, I had no worries about Danny Boyle bringing back Trainspotting for a sequel, because the original was a film that benefitted from the time period it was in, so I was very much looking forward to the evolution of these characters in today's day and age. Although I don't think this film quite matches what made the first one special, I think it comes very close in making itself relevant. Sadly, not too many people gave their money to the domestic box office, so I'm here to say that it's definitely worth your time if you're a fan of the first film and have been hesitating. As mentioned above, I have to admit that the fans of the original should definitely look forward to viewing this sequel, but it's really only for those people. I personally think we're past the time of too many viewers discovering the original movie, unless they are die hard movie fans. That being said, let's dive into this wonderful sequel. Picking up 20 years after the events of the original, we see where each of these men ended up and (without spoiling anything) who still holds a grudge. Once again, this film explores the depths of friendship and life itself. Society has changed since the first film and this movie isn't afraid to showcase the good and the bad. For these reasons, it was definitely worth bringing back to the screen. Whether or not you wish to see more of certain characters, Ewan McGregor's portrayal of Renton/Mark and Jonny Lee Miller's portrayal of Simon. These two are reunited and become the central focus of the film, allowing other plot details to blossoms throughout. T2 Trainspotting is a far superior film in terms of displaying what the world is like and how technology is consuming us on a daily basis, which is not something that the first film could benefit from, so that was an improvement in my opinion. Where the film didn't quite live up to its predecessor, was in the simplistic story area. The original was all about drug use and the falling out of friendships by the end of the film. This film tries to wrap up too many loose ends, ultimately becoming slightly convoluted, albeit very effective at the same time. While the first film was incredible in terms of cinematography and visual storytelling, T2 Trainspotting improves tenfold in that department. From visually showing what a character is doing in a different light, to displaying the division of a friendship in a damn bathroom stall, to the fantastic camera movements getting you inside the minds of these characters, I found myself profoundly entranced by this movie. Although I enjoyed the premise of the first one more than this instalment, I found this sequel to be an improvement in almost every other way. I didn't expect to say this about such an offbeat movie like a sequel to Trainspotting, but this is a beautiful movie to look at. In the end, director Danny Boyle has crafted yet another very well-made film. It may not reach the heights of its predecessor in terms of storytelling, but it's visually stunning in every conceivable way. T2 Trainspotting is a sequel nobody really needed, but we should be lucky to have gotten. I can definitely recommend this movie to fans of the first film, but it's not accessible to newcomers. There are themes that newcomers can relate to, but the film as a whole just won't attract those who haven't seen the first portion of the story from 13 years ago. With a great soundtrack, fantastic direction, a very devoted cast, and a satisfying conclusion, this is a film that was well worth making. It's a little slow at times and I didn't always find myself invested in everyone's motivations, but it's still a great movie nonetheless.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2017
    T2: Trainspotting was directed by Danny Boyle and is a sequel to 1997's Trainspotting. It stars the same ensemble cast from before including Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle. Taking place 20 years after the first film, Mark (McGregor) returns to Edinburgh to make amends with his former friends. Spud (Bremner) continues to fight a heroin addiction, Begbie (Carlyle) is in prison, and Sick Boy (Miller) is pulling off small cons with his girlfriend, Veronika. For better or for worse, T2 is incredibly similar to its predecessor. I love the original Trainspotting and really appreciate Danny Boyle's approach to making each and every scene artistic. Once again, his use of lighting, color, camera angles, and editing shine through without distracting from the plot. Speaking of which, the screenplay was very strong for such a delayed sequel. Because the source material takes place 20 years after its predecessor as well, T2 feels natural, unlike many sequels and rehashes made today. The performances across the board are strong, and every character went through strong development as we learn about what has happened in the 20 year gap and how it is effecting their lives today. Spud was the most intriguing character to me this time around. His character is the easiest to cheer for in a gang of misfits and petty crooks. The pacing really dragged in the middle act. After the cast was once again established, the plot went into standby mode for a little too long before picking up again. However, the outer acts were strong enough to cover up this flaw. There was also a cameo made by Kelly McDonald as she made a brief appearance as Diane from the first film. Only appearing in one scene, McDonald's character could have been ANYBODY. Bringing her back felt more like a gimmick than a natural plot point. Overall, T2 is a satisfying sequel and definitely worth watching if you enjoyed the 1997 film. In a world of unnecessary sequels, T2 stands out as a worthy installment. Final grade: A- -Ben
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • May 21, 2017
    I read the books of Trainspotting and Porno before watching this. This is a far leaner version of the book sequel, Porno, and works better for it. Certain key elements of the book have been removed but a few extra ones have been added. I really enjoyed it and, as you would expect, the soundtrack is great!
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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