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T2 Trainspotting

  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Danny Boyle
  • 112 mins
  • 18

Summary

Recovering heroin addict Mark Renton returns to his Edinburgh roots after 20 years living overseas, hoping to make peace with the friends he abandoned. However, starting anew proves far from easy, especially when old partner in crime Begbie escapes from prison, still brooding on Renton's betrayal. Danny Boyle's drama sequel, starring Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Two decades after Trainspotting captured the zeitgeist, director Danny Boyle reassembles the cast for this sequel loosely based on Irvine Welsh's novel Porno. This time it's less about living in the moment, more about reflecting on the past. Renton (Ewan McGregor) may have asserted to "Choose life", but his life has hit a wall; his state of mind beautifully captured with a touch of slapstick when he is again introduced on the run - only now on a treadmill. Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) ropes his old friend into a shady bit of business, psychotic Begbie (Robert Carlyle) aims to settle an old score, while Spud is still struggling with addiction. Plenty of dry humour leavens the drama, punctuated by brief pops of adrenaline-fuelled action to echo the original film, like a chase that culminates with Renton's shark-like grin over the bonnet of a car. The old soundtrack, too, is remixed with a more meditative tempo. But if the first film was an invigorating shot in the arm, this is a touching, slightly surreal nostalgia trip.

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Credits

Cast

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RentonEwan McGregor
Simon "Sick Boy"Jonny Lee Miller
SpudEwen Bremner
Francis BegbieRobert Carlyle
VeronikaAnjela Nedyalkova
DianeKelly Macdonald
GailShirley Henderson
Mikey ForresterIrvine Welsh
TullochGordon Kennedy
Renton's fatherJames Cosmo
NurseKatie Leung

Crew

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DirectorDanny Boyle

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony
Released on
2017-01-27
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, nudity
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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