Anthony Murphy Trainspotting review

Trainspotting by Danny Boyle.   


A film based of the book of the same name by Irvine Welsh.  The Film stars Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle and Kelly Macdonald.  

The Film follows the life’s of a group of friends that are addicted to heroin or alcohol.  The film set in a the slums of the scottish capital Edinburgh. The film follows the main character Mark Renton played by Ewan McGregor, as he battles or more aptly embraces his drug addiction.  

The films locations are in Scotland filmed on Council estates in Edinburgh and the main city centre of the city.  For the interior shots the film used an old Cigarette factory in Glasgow that was due for demolition.  The old run down victorian factory gave great lighting for the representation of the dark and moody sub culture underworld of drug users.  That being said the factory was graffitied with bright colorful artwork to represent how drugs can be so seductive to people.

The film shows the progression of the characters addictions and complete disintegration of the relationships they have with one and other.  As friends at the beginning of the film their actions throughout the film lead them further from each other.  In the end the relationships they have is purely based on drugs.

  The film is excellently acted with several big name stars having this film as their breakout roles.  All of the main characters in the film have went on to have hollywood careers and critical acclaim for their acting.  The role of the psycho thug Begbie played by Robert Carlyle is amazing to say the least.  The performance of all the cast gives us an authentic look at the daily life’s and troubles of the drug abusers of the world. 


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