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April 20, 2017
Revolutionary, funny, and heart-wrenching as it may be, it fails to stick the landing convincingly, throwing the whole thing into a spin. But they probably wouldn't want it any other way.
April 18, 2017
Fast frantic Danny Boyle direction with some dark humour. A drug movie with a clear message to me: choose your friends, don't do drugs and what's up with those Scots?
April 17, 2017
Drugs inevitably lead to problems, of which there is no doubt. Day by day we fight against their presence, we know they will be found across the door, we know people who use them, some to a greater extent than others and some drugs will be stronger than the rest, expensive or not so, but related towards one thing as their use points to combat destinations, anxiety, disintegration, and of course, the serious consequences of damage to one's own health.

Why mention this? It sounds so repetitive that it hurts to annoy, however, we have to know the implications of drugs, as there are millions who use and cannot leave them. Judging from the outside is always easy: do not get drugged and end of the conversation. But addictions are more than that, and even if you paint this issue in a thousand different ways, perhaps there is no better way to analyze it than from the own perspective of an addict. These people, their daily rituals, the life they lead and what they are going to, seeing it as realistically as it is in this film is a very indicated way to depart from testimonies and modify criticism.

Once hooked to the world of addictions, in one way or another, things change for you and your context. Worse still, if your friends are involved in, the experience gets more complex. It becomes shared and experiences ranging from the pleasurable to the mundane are already situation not of one, but of several. Even the non-detachment of drugs despite the different lives that all may have, being apparently isolated roads, is attributed to the simple fact that everyone need them and everyone must seek and try to obtain them. All are bound to the same and they will go back, even if they try to escape.

Trainspotting is criticized. Its speech is very broad and approaches the subject from different positions. Basically, what is important to rescue beyond that the analyzes acquire a certain perspective is that 1) if you get drugs, this happens. 2) If you do not, this may be for you. 3) If you get tired and want to leave drugs, be careful with this. Then the film alludes to a list of cases where actions and consequences are connected to warn the public. To do this, the film enters the world of addicts, questions them and puts them in harsh confrontations towards their relationships with other people, and with themselves. The routine and "normal" life is often criticized with an initial speech of "I rule my life", the same with which the film is concluded. Is this true? Do you really rule your life like this, or being addicted, is the drug the boss?

Incredibly uncomfortable and brutal, the film does not go about trying with discrete images, playing with subtlety these issues. It is direct, it is rude, energetic, and quite violent. Filled with a picture sometimes grotesque, but with all realistic intent, many issues are shown as they normally are and without makeup, but neither looking to impress. Instead, everything moves with a high degree of entertainment, speed and that will certainly make you start shaking with nervousness. A group of five friends, Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Tommy (Kevin Mckidd), Begbie (Robert Carlyle) and the fifth and star of the name Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) coexist along their young experience with the drugs.

The facts are devastating and full of intensity, however, Renton, with whom the story focuses, decides several times to get out of his hectic world, trying with ferocious and desperate attempts to leave the stormy environment of drugs along with the heartbreaking process that this implies. Renton narrates his own life, that of his parents, acquaintances and loves, and how roles regarding drug use change and influence them. He is involved in a duel that faces at all times his own convictions and desires. Not only is Renton but also his friends. Will and desire are at stake throughout the film and seemingly all go to the same fate. Here the real human capacity to make good decisions and the moral conflicts that are involved are questioned - its hallucinating world is demolished all the time and things are broken down to the degree that, in the wake of one of the friends, mourning ends with a promising heroin deal. Again, the interests of acquiring and consuming or reselling illicit substances are above what would normally matter.

The artistic domain of the work team of the film has an organized direction and aims to revive the experience of drug addicts as it has rarely been observed. The result is challenging and makes you sigh. The shots are so close to what it is to consume a drug and feel it until the disappearance of its effect, that it does not matter if you had or not an experience like that, the film will make you live it in a striking and agitating way. Sound effects ensure this exploration, and music and visual effects are a portrait that allows a glimpse into a realm of pain and doom. For instance, the scene in which Renton feels the need for the drug while he is locked up by his parents in his room is such a surreal mirage that I consider it as one of the more accurate crises of insanity in the world of cinema for his agitated and overwhelming shudder.

Edinburgh in Scotland and England reacted to these contents. Many approved the project and many others did not, because of the approach which discusses an issue that by its means transcend from the time when it was created. The feeling of each character regarding their despair, desire to leave, the exchange between pleasure and curiosity about the force for trying to improve their lives is a task that until today is only comprehensible, but will continue to impact for many more generations.

The rhythm of the film is very fast, it might make you feel tired despite its entertaining function that does not release to the one that observes it. The language of the dialogues is extremely convincing and implies that these kinds of stories are not linear. The life of these boys is caught in cycles and always goes from reaching the bottom or the limit until a new beginning. What is the purpose of living during the short period we have here? Our control of what we do and want is under the magnifying glass not of others, but of ourselves. The story does not conclude with something decisive, and giving a verdict would be to make sense of something that was not really intended to prove. Everything is only to explain and go into detail in these young lives that run on the edge of a cliff and for a subject of such strength, great events are not required at all. 84/100
April 16, 2017
Fast, overwhelming and hilarious. The performances are all top notch and almost every single scene is a stand-out. I've never had an interest in doing heroin, and after watching Trainspotting I want to even less.
½ April 14, 2017
Serves as a better drug prevention than most of the drugs prevention programs.
April 4, 2017
This movie is a reminder of the highs and the absolute lows of heroin use. It is not for the faint of heart, but it's worth viewing as it's well-acted and well-written with great characters.

Mark Renton is a heroin addict who loves heroin and its effects on him. After getting into another brush with the law, he tries to quit heroin as he feels like it's having too bad of an impact on him. However, he keeps on being dragged back into it as every attempt he tries, doesn't work for him. As his addiction increases for him, he and his friends experience the many horrors of drug use.

What makes this film special and unique is that it's a daring depiction of drug use. It is never too afraid to show the absolute highs of drug use, but it is also not afraid of showing the absolute lows. It isn't afraid to show Renton and his friends having good things happen to them as a result of drug use. However, it also isn't afraid to show the absolute lows and negatives that it brings to you. It contains many sickening images and horrifying hallucinations, especially the "baby on the ceiling" which is one of the most terrifying scenes I've seen in any movie before. This is a good approach to a drug film because it doesn't take any sides. In this movie, most people are in the issue of drugs in-between. To a non-addict, they will likely see the film as a strong message to them that the consequences are far more worse than the few good things they give you. To an addict, however, the consequences will always seem outweighed by the thrills and benefits that doing the drug gives to them.

Mark Renton is played expertly by Ewan McGregor. His performance pretty much sums up the experience and consequences of being on heroin. When he's high on heroin, he sounds like he couldn't be any happier. When he's not high, he both sounds and looks like he doesn't know what to do and he just wants to get high again. Then, when he says "this will be the last time", he continues to do it and the process continues. He plays his role perfectly and smoothly.

Also, Robert Carlyle as Begbie plays a magnificent role as well. He plays an insecure, borderline psychopath who will fight anyone who gets in his way at any chance he gets. His outbreaks in the film are realistic and unnerving and his performance never seems overly-serious and he never overacts in each one of his outbreaks. In one of the scenes near the end, it shows him beat up a man at a bar for accidentally spilling beer on him. The sense of anger on his face and his tone of voice are really unsettling and his facial expression is very haunting and it sticks with the viewer for a long time. These 2 performances stick out the most, but most other performances in the film are great as well.

However, what I really love about it is that it's an honest portrayal of the drug scene. People who say that it glorifies drug use are incredibly wrong and need to watch it with a more open eye. However, people who say that it is an anti-drug film are missing its point too. This isn't about the rights and wrongs of drug use. This is about the addict. He doesn't have to be someone who tells us that heroin is bad. In the movie, the drug addict never tells us that drugs are terrible. He just says that he wants to stop doing it.

In conclusion, this is a very memorable and a well-made drug film. It's a daring move for it to show the absolute highs and lows of drug use. Also, it has very great acting performances in it as well. I don't think it is as effective as Requiem For a Dream since that movie was mainly focused on the absolute lows and nothing else, but its daring choices are what make it such a great movie which stands out amongst most other drug films.
April 3, 2017
My opinion-.

"Trainspotting" is a movie by Danny Boyle, adapted by Irvine Welsh's
best-seller in 1993, describing the adventures of a group of young
Scottish heroin addicts and it was this movie that launched the career
of The actor Ewan McGregor, who takes the lead. Beyond the addiction to
drugs, the film explores the sordid living conditions of the younger
generation in a Scotland in full economic depression. "Trainspotting"
does not constitute an apology for drugs, and thanks to a great script
that dares to unveil this glaucous universe of Scottish junkies
whatever junkie is a universal word and the situations in Scotland are
the same everywhere. Danny Boyle approaches with humor and almost a
certain lightness, a taboo subject that is drug, the movie is also very
well realized and on a very good rhythm. A movie that I advise
March 27, 2017
Wow it had been some time since I've seen this movie, but I'm glad I revisited it (especially since I went and saw the sequel an hour after i finished this). The movie Trainspotting follows five young men that live in Edinburgh and have some problems. We mostly follow Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) a heroin addict who know's what he does is bad, but damn he's gotta life live somehow. His friends are Sick Boy (Johnny Lee Miller) who's always trying to get into a get rich quick scheme, Spud (Ewen Bremner) who's kind of the groups idiot, but he has a good heart, Tommy (Kevin McKidd) the athletic one and one of the few in the group that doesn't do drugs and then there's Begbie (Robert Carlyle) who is a complete psychopath and ultra violent toward anything that doesn't go his way. The movie follows them through some every day things including showing them get high, what it means, how it affects people and the one's around them, etc. The plot itself is loose on this, but it works. It's a dark comedy and it helps that the main leads while they may be totally lazy, drug addicts they're chemistry is fantastic. The soundtrack is really good and its mixed in with some really great scenes (the psychedelic scenes are fantastic). Solid film that holds up surprisingly well even 21 years later! If you've never seen it definitely give it a look!
March 27, 2017
Como parte de mi muy personal sección "clásicos revisited" el Viernes volví a ver "Trainspotting" (1996). Hace 10 años que no la veía. La ví solo 1 vez por lo dura que es la película. Pero fue un excelente regalo de cumple (dvd) de un buen amigo. Volví a verla pq quiero ir a ver la 2 al cine, claro.

Creo que ha envejecido bien. Siempre me gustó su slogan inicial de "elijo no vivir". Muy antisistémico. Es una película frenética, no te da muchas pausas. Nunca me ha quedado realmente claro el período temporal en el que transcurre la peli, lo cual justifica las mil y una cosas que pasan en ella. Bien por eso. Ayuda harto su excelente música en su frenético ritmo.

Creo que "Trainspotting" es una de las películas donde he visto con mayor maestría el moverse fácilmente entre comedia negra y drama muy muy duro. Me parece una mezcla exquisita, hay que tener talento pa hacer eso. Bien por Danny Boyle. Tb tiene al menos un par de escenas icónicas de los años 90: "el baño más sucio de toda Escocia", la guagua :( , y la brillante escena de la sobredosis con "Perfect Day" de Lou Reed.

Lo que criticaría son los posters de la película, donde siempre me pareció que hacen ver a los personajes como gente cool. Y la verdad es que cada personaje de la peli es una mierda de persona. Un par de ellos una mega mierda. Pero eso ya no es la peli en sí misma, claro.

Nunca me había fijado que la pieza de Renton tiene papel mural de trenes (de ahí el título "observación de trenes"). Si a las drogas blandas, no a las duras, jaja :P. 4 de 5.
½ March 22, 2017
The darkest, bleakest comedy you are bound to see. The depravity that heroine can drive you to is on full display here. All these actors Ewan, Jonny Lee, Kevin Mckidd, Kelly Macdonald, Robert Carlyle, the guy who plays Spud whose name I can never remember, all of these actors are working today in high profile projects. Danny Boyle is one of our best directors working today. They all got their big break right here. This movie is still great 20 years later.
March 21, 2017
A brutally visceral depiction of the real world from the perspective of teenager from Edinburgh, Irvine Welsh's masterpiece is recreated almost perfectly in movie format thanks to Boyle's great direction, fantastic performances by an incredible cast and enough humor and social commentary to feed the most hardcore movie-gore demands.
March 20, 2017
Great film from a great book.
March 15, 2017
Extremely honest movie about drug addiction and how who you hang out with is also who can bring you down. Very funny. One of my all time favorites. Although you may have to see it 2-3 times to understand the dialog. They have heavy Scottish accents.
March 15, 2017
Rewatched this in preparation for T2 being released this week. Still as great as the first 5 viewings back in the day. If you've never seen it ... go and go now!
March 14, 2017
Classic film, a good cast and original storyline with an amazing soundtrack. Got to be seen
March 14, 2017
Film iconico come spesso accade quando si parla di droga in modo così "naturale". In questo caso la fama è anche meritata perché il film non è solo un inno alle allucinazioni e al fancazzismo giovanile, ma si porta dietro di sé una serie di problematiche sociali di un certo peso.
March 13, 2017
One of the best movies of the 90's, "Trainspotting" is subversive, hilarious in some moments, eletric and, the most important, different. Ewan McGregor gives a career-defining performance in this movie, which hold one of the best non-original soundtracks of all time and still is considered a huge classic and one of the best movies about drugs ever!
½ March 11, 2017
The British "Requiem for a dream", about a lost generation blowing out its brain diving into darkness.
Super Reviewer
½ March 10, 2017
Trainspotting is cult-classic directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and stars Ewan McGregor (Star Wars prequels) as Mark Renton, a heroin addict struggling to rid himself of addiction. Renton's story is accompanied by fellow addicts Spud and SIck Boy, clean-cut Tommy, raging psychopath Begbie, and schoolgirl Diane.

Danny Boyle's direction is superb. He never pulls punches when depicting the thrill of taking drugs and the devastation they cause. Moments in the movie are simultaneously hilarious and horrific. McGregor's Renton is both lovable and despicable. The movie itself is relatively simple; plot information is secondary to the characters it's made up of. There are some significant moments played out brilliantly by Boyle's direction. Some of it might feel random, but I think that's the point of the movie.

If you haven't heard of Trainspotting and want to see why it's regarded as a cult-classic, go find a way to watch it and enjoy. It's only 90 minutes long and moves along quickly while raising enough questions to dwell on after the end credits roll!

Final grade: A

-Ben
½ March 9, 2017
Weird movie with some funny moments. I enjoyed the fact that it took place in Scotland with a very good young Ewan Mcgregor.
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