When it comes to movies that have the guts to explore very tough things in our everyday lives, I can respect it right off the bat. On top of that, there is something very realistic about low-budget films that do exactly that, because it feels more grounded in reality, instead of overblown on a large scale. Trainspotting is a film about friendship, life, drugs, and the hardships that all three of those come with. That story is still very much relevant today and it's crazy to see how accurately made this film was when looking back at what certain parts of the world were like when this movie was made. If for nothing else, this is a movie that delivers fantastic messages and lessons about life itself.
I'm not one to turn away when imagery is too graphic or realistic to look at, but there are quite a few moments showcased throughout the duration of this film that borderline made me queasy. Trainspotting isn't exactly one of the most quality films out there, but it's definitely one of the best films in terms of blatantly showing things that you don't expect in a feature film. I don't have much to complain about here, but I'll say that if you haven't scene this film yet (and are intending to), I strong recommend being ready for anything to be thrown at you.
What makes this film so likeable is the cast, hands down. Yes, the cinematography and editing styles are tremendously unique, but the cast pays off each other very well. You truly believe that these guys are friends and enemies all at once. Some have better relations that others and each and every one of them seem to be invested in their respective roles. Trainspotting is an eye-opening film about the world, but it's justas much about friendship and whether or not friends can stay together during dire circumstances.
In the end, this review exists to tell people that Trainspotting is still as relevant as it used to be, because you can look back and see how society has both positively and negatively evolved since then. The themes are very serious and the imagery isn't afraid to shock you, but the overall concept of the movie is well worth sitting through these elements. It's a very different film, so you have to view it with an open mind, but it really is a film lovers dream movie. I thoroughly enjoy this movie each time I watch it, and I actually think it improves with age. Trainspotting is a very solid film.
Four friends, all into hard drugs are living a shabby life in Edinburgh, and we witness their lives and addiction. Stuff happen, most of them crime related and heroin is key in most scenes. Interesting film, not as dirty or nasty as I thought in forehand, except a few scenes. It looks cool, great colors, nice closeups, the pacing is also very nice. A funny undertone, making it more entertaining and not as dark as drug movies tend to be. On the other hand, they really should be dark.
Great statements, those words in the beginning and the end is brilliant. Other scenes like when characters are coming off drugs or just chatting about stuff is great. Few, if any, poor moments here! Nice characters, great performances, but I have seen better drug movies - this is a bit too gentle.
Looking forward to the follow up, even if I'm sure it will be several notches below this quality.
8 out of 10 public restrooms.