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Trainspotting is a 1996 British film directed by Danny Boyle based on the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh. The movie follows a group of heroin addicts in a late 1980's economically-depressed area of Edinburgh and their passage through life. … see full wiki

Genre: Drama
Release Date: 19 July 1996
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Trainspotting

Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?

  • Nov 2, 2008
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Mainly, this is the story of Renton, a heroin addict, and his friends Tommy, Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie. Renton tries more than once to rid himself of the white horse on his back, but finds that being sucked back in is easier than fighting the horse.

This is a movie about people and personalities, not one particular event, though several of these everyday occurrences will stand out in your mind forever - Like the world's filthiest toilet that Renton is forced to use, and his toilet daydream that follows it. There's an unforgettable scat scene with morning sheets that will be sure to turn your stomach.

Warning: There is a dead baby scene in this movie that will turn most stomachs and perhaps make you hate every heroin addict that ever lived. Though nothing is ever said about it, the insinuation is that the baby died from neglect. Before even reporting it, the mother needs a "hit" to calm her down.

Set to a great soundtrack and filled with witty dialogue (although absolutely filled with flagrant curses) and narrative, 'Trainspotting' highlights not just the differences between "Us And Them" but the differences between the addicts themselves. The most violent of the addicts, Begbie, never touches heroin and considers it to be filth while swilling alcohol and stabbing people. Spud is simply confused all the time, while Tommy manages to steer clear of the horse until his girlfriend dumps him.

If you're a fan of the addiction movie, then this is a must-see. If you can't handle horrific scenes, such as the dead baby scene, then perhaps pass on this. Because of its languid, what-happens-everyday approach is far from an active script, a rental first might be the best approach to viewing this movie before buying. Enjoy!

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April 08, 2009
Hi Schtinky, great review. I saw this film when it first came out in 96 and loved it immediately. If you've read the book by irvine Welsh, it's even more disjointed, really just a series of short stories in the same world in the style of Pulp Fiction. Have fun!
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