Train stays on Boyle

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

WANT to feel old?

As if lis­ti­cles and memes didn’t re­mind us of­ten enough that 1996 was more than 20 years ago with its for­got­ten pop cul­ture ref­er­ences to make us feel an­cient, di­rec­tor Danny Boyle re­unites his Trainspot­ting cast for a be­lated se­quel.

Twenty-one years af­ter steal­ing cash from his mates to em­bark on a drug and al­co­hol­free path, Mark Ren­ton (Ewan Mcgregor) re­turns to his hometown Ed­in­burgh af­ter a health scare.

Vi­o­lent Fran­cis “Franco” Beg­bie’s (Robert Car­lyle) pa­role has been de­nied, Daniel “Spud” Mur­phy (Ewen Brem­ner) is sui­ci­dal and Si­mon “Sick Boy” Williamson (Jonny Lee Miller) is black­mail­ing peo­ple with the help of Veronika (An­jela Nedyalkova), who films their vic­tims in com­pro­mis­ing po­si­tions.

Boyle knows there has to be more than just coast­ing on nos­tal­gic value, by ex­plor­ing char­ac­ters who can­not let go of the past and those that try.

There are the sig­na­ture cringe-wor­thy mo­ments (though none top those in the orig­i­nal) and Boyle’s en­ergy has not ebbed in the past cou­ple of decades, mak­ing for a very watch­able re­u­nion.

Ewan Mcgregor as Mark Ren­ton and Jonny Lee Miller as Si­mon in T2 Trainspot­ting.

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