Sunday, August 8, 2010


Drug addiction is not a pretty thing. It affects lives in horrible ways and can end them tragically. And Hollywood doesn't make it any prettier; it makes it more hideous than it already is.

Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) is a heroin junkie who decides to kick his addiction. Problem is that his closest friends are also heroin addicts, so conquering his addiction might hit a few snags.

Geez, this was an uncomfortable movie to watch. For two things, mainly. One, its gross-out moments (if you've seen it, you know which ones I'm talking about). And two, the scene where Mark tries to quit cold turkey. That was probably one of the more painful scenes I had to watch. But apart from those reasons, Trainspotting is a good movie on addiction and the road to sobriety.

My Rating: ****


  1. I have actually not seen a lot of Danny Boyle films, including this one. Aside from "Slumdog" and "Sunshine," I am in the dark regarding his career. I should really watch this one.

  2. Prior to debasing himself with Sunshine, Danny Boyle directed several great films, including this one. Trainspotting is a terrific film, although, if one can describe it in one single word, that word would be "squalid". For those among your readers looking for good Boyle films, I suggest Shallow Grave and Millions to start with, as well as 20 Days Later and, or course, Slumdog Millionaire.
    Great review, by the way!!


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