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Review, by Benjamin Ibrahim

Smart, funny, sickly and sometimes just plain unconscious, Mark Renton is a hero for our times. The adventures of Mark and his so-called friends - a bunch of losers, liars, psychos, thieves and junkies - chart the disintegration of their friendship as they proceed, seemingly inevitably, towards self destruction. Mark alone has the insight and opportunity to escape his fate - but then again, does he really want to 'chose life'?

"Trainspotting, adapted from Irvine Welsh's novel of the same name, is an account of certain events in the hazardous life of Mark Renton. Living in the unseen underbelly of Edinburgh, surrounded by a group of friends every bit as irresponsible as himself and addicted to an endless repertoire of self abuse, his life is a mess. Seeing no future in all this he attempts to leave it all behind but the ties of friendship drag him back and down. In the end, he can only break free by severing those ties without sentiment or regret. This is Renton's choice and he pursues it with articulate, cutting humour and a defiant and ultimately uplifting human spirit. Disturbing, shocking, and amusing, Trainspotting is unlike any other British film." - John Hodge, screenwriter

Directed by: Danny Boyle
Written by: John Hodge, Irvine Welsh
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Peter Mullan, Kevin McKidd, Kelly MacDonald, Ewen Bremner
Produced by: Andrew MacDonald

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