Director Danny Boyle followed his acclaimed SHALLOW GRAVE with a hilarious but harrowing screen adaptation of Irvine Welsh's powerful, uncompromising and gloomily comic cult novel.
In a harsh, sordid Edinburgh, the nihilistic yet charismatic Renton (Ewan McGregor) has chosen a disparate bunch of losers, liars, psychos, thieves and junkies as friends, a life of benefit fiddling, AIDS, shared needles, squalor and cheap heroin from Pakistan, and a "sincere and truthful junkie habit".
Now he has decided to kick this habit and he settles into a rented room to sit through the agonies of withdrawal. But things don't go smoothly for him and he makes a "healthy, informed, conscious decision" to get back on drugs as soon as possible. Deciding to get away he heads for London, but can’t escape his mates.
Capturing the surrealistic tone of the book and using much of its obscenity-splattered language, TRAINSPOTTING acknowledges the terrible, destructive side of drugs but the central characters are not victims; they are in a position to make choices and potentially to conquer their addiction. Intense, bleak and unforgettably realistic.