- Danny Boyle
- Bernard Bellew, Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, Andrew Macdonald
- Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle
First, there was an opportunity. Then comes betrayal. It’s almost cathartic as if we were in another cycle like the last. From a thematic point of view, every plot element revolved it. The drugs, the money, the ultimate betrayal of trust. T2 Trainspotting is a sequel to a cult hit, which in its own right deserves to be one as well. The stars from the first film return: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Brember, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller. T2 Trainspotting is a tribute to the original crime caper, a conclusion to the 4 characters’ stories.
The main feature shows all 4 characters, and where they’ve ended up over time. Renton, played by Ewan McGregor is successful, living a sad but clean life. Simon, played by Jonny Lee Miller, is still trying to succeed but has to manage his aunt’s pub. Begbie hasn’t lost his knack for larceny and violence. Spud, played by Ewen Brember is still struggling to find a purpose after the first film. Danny Boyle’s signature use of colour and strangely angled shots star in T2 as much as the main characters themselves. One memorable scene had Begbie and Renton in toilet stalls, split 50/50. Another great bit was seeing the contrast between Spud in pain, while his friends lit up heroin shots. As far as eyes for unique visuals go, Danny Boyle is a practised one – and his mastery shows.
T2 Trainspotting is a sombre affair at times, filled with thrilling highs and dingy lows, all fitting in comfortably in this tribute to the old cult classic. Some plot points could’ve been better fleshed out – such as how Begbie ended up the way he did, or how Sick Boy lost his family. Newcomers to the Trainspotting series would’ve appreciated the little details. Still, this is a great movie if you’re a fan of Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Barrels. While very referential to the first film, we get a sense that though we’re set on the path we choose – real change can happen.
Let’s talk extras. We get deleted scenes, a conversation between three of the main actors and Danny Boyle along with a promo for a program designed to help junkies get out of their bad habits by seeking natural highs. It all adds an hour of extra footage to enjoy. Fans of the original movie will appreciate the insights, Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle give. The deleted scenes, while entertaining, didn’t provide much more for the plot of the film, but were entertaining nonetheless.
T2 surprised me. I was convinced the genre of the British crime caper was dead. I couldn’t be any more wrong. T2 Trainspotting is well worth owning on DVD if you’re a fan of this kind of filmmaking.
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