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T2: Trainspotting (2017 UK, Cert. 18)

Director: Danny Boyle

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Kelly Macdonald, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle
After 20 years away, Mark Renton (McGregor) returns to Edinburgh, the only place he can ever call home, in retreat from a mid-life crisis. But the past will soon catch up with him in the form of Begbie (Carlyle), out of prison and still set on revenge after the heist-gone-badly that capped the original film. As well as running into Begbie, Renton soon finds (or is found by) Spud and Sick Boy, bringing the four central characters from the 1996 “Trainspotting” together again. (The wonder, given their earlier recreational pursuits, is that all four of them are still walking the face of the earth.) Boyle’s “long-awaited (or perhaps feared?)” (The Guardian) sequel, developed from both Irving Welsh’s original novel and his subsequent “Porno”, sees our four ‘heroes’ older but not necessarily wiser. While acknowledging the disappointments and disillusionment of middle age, it is also “a wildly invigorating and enjoyable film” (The Independent) with a screenplay and soundtrack that match up to past glories.

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