The original Trainspotting tracked the sordid and tragi-comic
side of Scottish street life via the friends' drug-addled
criminal activity set to a pulsating soundtrack. The 1996 film
won huge critical acclaim and gave voice to a largely unknown
section of British society.
Like the first film, T2 Trainspotting contains elements of
shameless fun, heart-racing sequences and excruciating moments.
But it is essentially about the nature of friendship, getting
older and the far-reaching consequences of a risky youth.
Trainspotting won a cult following and propelled the careers of
all its cast, headed by Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle. It
also launched novelist Irvine Welsh and director Danny Boyle who
went on to win a clutch of Oscars for "Slumdog Millionaire" and
directed Britain's Olympics opening ceremony.
"(The script) was clever and personal and emotional and we were
thrilled to get to play these people again. There's something
about them that we feel that we know them, that they are friends
of ours," McGregor, who plays anti-hero Renton, told Reuters.
Welsh, who wrote Trainspotting and Porno, the sequel novel on
which the new film is loosely based, told Reuters he preferred
the second film to the first.
"The first one is a big energy rush and ... it showed people a
world that many people didn't know existed at the time," he
"This one is much more layered, it's much deeper. It still has
that visceral kind of energy but it kind of unravels."
A 19-year-old fan, Emma from Glasgow, waiting to see a glimpse
of the stars under the sleet, said she expected the second film
would be a hit with young people too.
"It will mean even more (than the first film) because it will be
of our time," she said.
(Reporting by Elisabeth O'Leary and Sarah Mills; editing by
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