Trainspotting 2

Danny Boyle’s sequel to his era-defining classic has brilliant dialogue (for the times that you can understand it) and beautiful cinematography catered to the true original Trainspotting fans.

Naturally, after any long period of absence, the sequel is a good old fashion catch up between eccentric, erratic junkies and former old mates. They are ridden with nostalgia, or as screenwriter John Hodge put so eloquently, “are tourists in their own youth” aching to make up for the many years that their addiction stole. 

The story begins with Renton (Ewan McGregor) coming back clean after 20 years. He pays Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Spud (Ewen Bremner) a visit to tie up loose ends, returning the money he once fled with.

Along the way, Renton gets in on Sick Boy’s rather illegal business venture, whilst bar-brawling Begbie reappears after breaking out of jail. 

Without giving too much away, characters are at a standstill. Each are faced with the looming fate: where there is opportunity, there is betrayal.

Like most sequels, Trainspotting 2 doesn’t compare to its predecessor, but it certainly was not a disappointment. 

Although at times subtitles seemed necessary, the long wait to celebrate our favourite Scottish anti-heroes was well worth it. 

Words by Rubini Gun

Details: Trainspotting 2 | Screenings start 20 February 2016