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Trainspotting
(1996)
Reviewed by Jenny LeComte
Rating: 6.5 Beans

hen this film first came out, the phonies went mad with joy, calling it "hard-hitting", "cutting edge'', "stark'' and "incredibly brave".

"Trainspotting'' is also stupid, depressing, puerile, revolting, immature and utterly pointless.

Based on novel by Irvine Walsh, which would make you slash your wrists if you could plough through the thick broth of Scottish slang, "Trainspotting'' tells the story of a group of young people who descend into heroin addiction.

Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) is an unemployed drop-kick so crazed for drugs that he sticks his hand up the s-bend of a noxious toilet to retrieve a morphine pessary.

His best mate Spud (Ewen Bremner) wears thick glasses and can't control his bowels. In one of the many popcorn-tossing scenes of this movie, Spud gets drunk, soils his bedsheets and inadvertently hurls the results at his girlfriend's mother.

Sick Boy (Johny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) round out the truly awful foursome. The former is a smack freak who fancies himself as a ladies's man (ha, bloody, ha) while the latter is a petty crim, a drunk and a bully.

The only truly likeable character in "Trainspotting'' is Tommy (Kevin McKidd), a clean living gym junkie who tries to get his old school friends to stop sticking needles up their arms and ruining their lives.

Sadly, Tommy succumbs to the evils of heroin after splitting up with his girlfriend and meets the stickiest end of all - contracting a fatal illness by inhaling toxic cat faeces.

The trouble with "Trainspotting'' is the characters are so repulsive that it's impossible to feel any sympathy for them. You just hope that the whole bleeding lot of them OD and put you out of your misery.






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