Review: Renton is deeply immersed in the drug scene. He has a too many brushes with the law and tries to clean himself up and get out. After he comes up clean he then moves to London where he finds himself a job and a flat. The bad news is that his friends arrive on his doorstep and lead Renton back into drugs and crime.
Director: Danny Boyle
Actors: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald, Peter Mullan and Shirley Henderson
Brilliant film!!!!!!! A breakthrough film at the time. Now 20 years since the film came out which is very hard to believe. A very powerful film. The main message in this is to tell everyone not to take drugs or this is what might happen if you do. Another message that comes across and that they keep repeating in the film is the quote “Choose your future. Choose life”. Based on a novel by Irvine Welsh who also wrote Filth which was also turned into a film in 2013. The soundtrack was very enjoyable. Stand out performances from especially Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle. To prepare for the role Ewan McGregor read books about crack and heroin and also lost 2 pound in weight and shaved his head. Plot spoiler alert! – although it is off putting, the faeces in the Worst Toilet in Scotland scene was actually made from chocolate and apparently smelled quite pleasant. Also the scene in which Renton is hit by a car took two hours and twenty takes to film. It only took 7 and a half weeks to shoot the whole film. Loooking this film up on the BBFC website it states that this has had a very interesting history at the BBFC and goes into a lot of detail. I could find versions of this cut and other versions uncut. The cuts that were made was just Ewan McGregor injecting himself with a needle (similar story to Pulp Fiction). At the Bafta Awards in 1996 this won 1 Award and that was for Best Screenplay – Adapted. Film Critic Barry Norman produced a list in The Radio Times at the start of 2013 of the 50 greatest British Films of all time and this was in the list. There is a Trainspotting sequel coming out in 2017.