Train stays on Boyle
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.