T2 Trainspotting (18)

First there was an opportunity. Then there was a betrayal.

20 years have passed since Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) screwed over his best friends by running off with their drugs swindle. He’s been living off the loot in Amsterdam quite comfortably ever since.

But when a family tragedy occurs Mark is forced to return home to Edinburgh to face the music.

He is reunited with his old pals Spud (Ewen Bremner) and Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller). What starts off as a violent reunion soon changes and the tension dissipates. This is until psychopathic Begbie (Robert Carlyle) escapes from prison. It’s only a matter of time until Mark’s past and Begbie catch up with him.

A long time may have past but not that much has changed. Each of the men have their own inner demons they battle on a daily basis, made worse by the memories of their friend Tommy (Kevin McKidd) and Sick Boy’s baby’s deaths back in the nineties.

Loss, joy and revenge are all lined up for Mark’s homecoming. As ever he isn’t the master of his destiny. Old habit die hard and temptation is waiting around every corner for the ex-junkie.

Sick Boy gives his ex-best friend a chance at retribution. Can Mark survive Begbie’s attempts at revenge long enough to make up for his deceitful past?

T2 Trainspotting  goes through the same motions of the original but sadly doesn’t reimagine the gang in the same glorious detail. The execution and performance is on point, sadly it’s the storyline that lets the movie down. It borrows the same principles as its namesake, but forgets to update the rhetoric to fit with the times. The end result is nostaglia for Danny Boyle’s original masterpiece.

By Ruth Walker

★★☆☆☆

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