Trainspotting (1996)

Trainspotting (1996)
  • Time: 94 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Danny Boyle
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner


A wild, freeform, Rabelaisian trip through the darkest recesses of Edinburgh low-life, focusing on Mark Renton and his attempt to give up his heroin habit, and how the latter affects his relationship with family and friends: Sean Connery wannabe Sick Boy, dimbulb Spud, psycho Begbie, 14-year-old girlfriend Diane, and clean-cut athlete Tommy, who’s never touched drugs but can’t help being curious about them…

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  • This movie is the funniest, most entertaining and informative efforts to give insight on and discourage drug use. Although most of the movie shows the main characters in the depravity of drug use, the message and plot development don’t glorify it but present the consequences. The dialogue of this movie makes almost all scenes hilarious. The sporadic nature of the speech, as well as the different pronunciations of words, prove to make the conversations interesting.

    There isn’t much that I don’t like about this movie. I can honestly say that I wasn’t thrilled at the two dick shots in the movie and a few scenes were pretty disgusting, but I think they were presented for the purpose of showing how disgusting and desperate the main characters lifestyle was.

    In comparison to other movies about drugs, I believe that Trainspotting has a much better message or at least presents the story in way that shows the consequences of drug use. For instance, I believe the overall message of Pineapple Express is that one should always befriend their drug dealer, especially if they’re James Franco. Don’t get me wrong, I thought the movie was hilarious and I also realize that marijuana is not a hard drug like heroin, but I think I make my point. Trainspotting is a hilarious movie, and also the most disgusting, messed up, and honest version of an anti-drug message that there is.

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