Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle
Age Restriction: 16 D L S V
Runtime: 1hr 57min
Release date: 24 February 2017
Renton (Ewan McGregor), Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) make their triumphant return to the big screen after Trainspotting became an instant classic back in 1996.
Director Danny Boyle returns to helm the sequel set 20 years after the original. In Trainspotting 2, Renton – now happily married and settled in Amsterdam – returns to his hometown in Edinburgh, Scotland to pay his father a visit.
Renton soon crosses paths with his old friends, Spud and Sick Boy – who both still bare a grudge towards the former after he double-crossed them during the conclusion of the first film.
Spud is still hooked on drugs and is estranged from his son and girlfriend, while Sick Boy runs a pub and has a side job blackmailing rich men.
Begbie, on the other hand, is stuck in prison and is struggling to get parole due to his violent nature. However; the madman soon manages to escape from custody, and goes on the run.
With the friends reunited once more; expect a get-rich-quick scheme, along with some trouble.
Of course there's more to the plot than that; but spilling any more details will only spoil the movie for eager fans.
So how does the sequel fare? Fans can definitely take their hats off to Boyle, who ensures that the sequel does not disappoint; despite it failing to capture the same magic as the original.
While Trainspotting 2 lacks the intensity, shock-value and psychedelic nature of the first film; it still possesses a solid story that will keep viewers glued to the screen from start to finish.
Despite the story failing to match that of its unbeatable predecessor, Trainspotting 2 at least outwits the original with its characters.
The characters are more fleshed out this time round, and are far better developed. The script digs deep and successfully untangles the complexities of the characters; giving fans a better understanding of their motivations and personalities – unlike the first film.
Emotions run high as Boyle ensures that the film tugs at your heartstrings and will have you rooting for the characters, particularly Spud who was overlooked in the original.
The four main cast members do an excellent job, with McGregor and Miller in tip-top shape. However; Bremner and Carlyle are ultimately the scene stealers, as their respective characters are given more to do in the sequel – with Bremner getting the best lines.
Verdict: While Trainspotting 2 may not be able to live up to the classic original; it's the characters that ultimately help the film shine, along with a story that's solid enough to satisfy viewers.