TRAINSPOTTING delivers a wild mix of rebellious action and wicked humor! It's the story of four friends as they try to make it in the world on their own terms...and who end up planning the ultimate scam!
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Great film. That is not in question. If you want a review of the film, read others' reviews. My issue is the multitude of purchase options. The one you want is the "multi-format". This has English SDH subtitles. The "blu-ray" option has a Canadian rating on the front, French on the inside cover, no main menu and no subtitles. I watched a few clips and they all seem the same quality. However, I can barely understand some of the dialogue without subtitles. The very reasonable pricing makes returning the accidental purchase not worthwhile. So, $10 in the trash.
Trainspotting is an unusually realistic movie. There’s no sugarcoating as it presents the awful truths of drug abuse and addiction. It’s a nasty brutish tale told through the legitimate and uplifting context of youthful exuberance. Because that’s how drug addiction works, you have to be youthfully strong (or at least stubborn), hopeful, and naive to stay on such a losing path. The result is a story of dark humor and hilarious ironic mirth as we watch a horrifying march to bad ends. This is some of Ewan McGregor’s earliest work, and it’s Kelly Macdonald’s first film. Both are beautiful and brilliant, glowing with youth that blithely explains bad life choices. Robert Carlyle plays a psychopath who bizarrely fits into his low society so well that he becomes something of an older and wiser mentor to his “mates” who pump heroin into their veins. The whole film is a glorious saga of a social train wreck. The only shortcomings of Trainspotting are practical. The film is set in Edinburgh, so nearly everyone speaks in thick Scottish accents. Be prepared to rewind and read captions in some critical scenes. And of course, be prepared to be disgusted, because heroin addiction is disgusting. Trainspotting is funny and smart, lyric and poignant, thoughtful, exciting with an incredible soundtrack (including Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life), enthralling, and even somewhat hopeful in key scenes (possibly including the end). But the overall impression is disgust and despair at lives wasted. True stuff. Watch this movie.
I did not see this movie when it came out originally, 20 years ago, because it seemed to be marketed so specifically to people who identify with heroin use. (Not my thing.) However, I have recently seen a trailer for the sequel, Trainspotting 2, and I was intrigued so I thought I would give the first installment a try. Glad I did. It is more of a cautionary tale than I imagined it would be, and did not at all idealize drug use. In fact, it was unflinching in its depiction of the nightmares that result from addiction. It was an eye opener for this admittedly naive woman.
Trainspotting is one of my favorite movies. The main character Renton is played by Ewan McGregor. Story is based on a book by Irvine Welsh. It's the story of a group friends in Scotland. They were dealing with issues such as drug addiction, lack of jobs. Feel as if each actor was perfectly cast in their role. Very good movie, and the book is terrific too.
Hard to watch for it's gritty realism but too fascinating to turn away. Good balance of action, humor, humanity, and heartbreak. The sequel is coming out in Jan and I wanted to refresh my memories. As with all Robert Carlyle movies, don't hesitate, just watch the movie, then decide. His acting alone makes the movie worth watching. Very strong cast.
The Good Things *Great photography style and quality. Every scene is fascinating. *Interesting group of characters, with lots of interesting and memorable moments. *Good dialogue (and good monologues). *Very interesting, broad view of the issue of drug addiction. It accurately captures the good and evil of it. It is a little thought-provoking. *Has some funny parts and some sad dramatic parts. *Excellent soundtrack.
The Bad Things *A couple of really gross scenes (one involving the worst toilet in Scottland, and the other involving flying feces). *Accents are intense, almost unbelievably so. *Some extremely wierd parts. *Pretty wierd plot.
Stylish and hip, this film is never dull. It is filled with memorable scenes and dialogue. The characters are mesmerizing. At its core, this film approaches the issue of drug addiction objectively, revealing both the good and the bad that it perpetuates. Altogether, it's a very interesting portrayal. Anybody who is interested in this kind of material should check this out.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 7, 2015
Years after release I finally get around to this movie because of tracing Jonny Lee Miller's roots. I was so surprised that not only is it a great and entertaining film, but it is not depressing or downbeat despite the lifestyle depicted. Yes it's about addiction and selfishness but mainly about taking control and what happens when you don't. It's no wonder that the lead actors and Danny Boyle went on to such outstanding careers. This is a masterpiece of acting and film making which stands the test of time.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 7, 2017
I was slightly disconcerted when the DVD box was all in Italian (always read the description!!) but the DVD played in English as expected, so luckily no problems there! Fantastic picture and sound quality, brilliant classic film, great value for money. Would definitely recommend!
5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant film based on a brilliant book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2015
Love this film. Can rewatch over and over. I've also read the book, but find the film easier to follow as it has cut the character count, so you're not having to keep up with so many plotlines. I do still love the book as well, and don't have trouble following it, but sometimes it's easier to watch the film. Plus I love the Scottish accent!
Man I swear at some points in this film I was on a come-down too.. The lives portrayed in this film are very weird, scary sometimes, and just flat out funny in some cases. Spins a bit of reality onto the drug scene, a must-watch for many teenagers (unless you've got a phobia of falling down a toilet)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 29, 2014
I never saw this film when it was first released Edinburgh was overflowing with junkies, and it did not interest me, but alas this was my loss, the four leading actors have gone on to make fine films, and are a joy to see how mature and gifted they have become.
I liken Ewan McGregor to Michael Caine. Both excellent actors,..but their early films,..( " Trainspotting", and "Alfie" ), have never been bettered by the bigger budget follow-ups. This movie is a must, with some dark humour running through it. *****