First, there is an opportunity. And then, there was a betrayal. 20 years after separating away from the proceeds of selling heroin. Ewan McGregor as Mark Renton finally decided to return to Scotland to meet with all his friends. They never changed, especially Johnny Lee Miller as Sick Boy. Ewen Bremmer as Spud is now just a simple person. However, the dilemma he experienced made him want to commit suicide. Of course, Robert Carlyle as Frank a.k.a. Begbie really hated Mark because of what he did. Frank himself was a prisoner who was sentenced to 20 years but managed to escape. Now, he must fix his family’s connections, especially his son.
Danny Boyle has made his directorial debut after “Trainspotting“, one of the greatest piece of cinema ever. Within 23 years, he has directed a lot of great works such as “Slumdog Millionaire”, “28 Days Later”, “127 Hours”, and “Steve Jobs”. However, among all, “Trainspotting” often remains as the best achievement of the director. The film has a massive fan base, not excessive, and a lovable kind of people. They really like their characters. They also like stories about drugs addicts and of course, they are, among us, love black comedy. “Trainspotting” is one of the most fun films to enjoy.
“Trainspotting” is also one of the many films that complement the period of the 90s and golden ages. After waiting for 20 years, this film is a love-letter for cinema and for us. As it said, “T2” tells the life of four main characters over a period of 20 years. What’s more, Boyle uses the same actors too. Spud, as the ending of the original, take half of the money given by Mark. After not experiencing drug addiction anymore, his life is falling apart and his old-self has back. Simon still can’t escape his dependence on cocaine. Besides looking for blackmail victims, on the other hand, there is Mark Renton who is the main actor.
Mark Renton, after suffering the lives of his three friends, owned a job and has a family in Amsterdam thanks to the money he carried away. Mark also, after 20 years, tried to remake up with his two friends. Without realizing it, Frank began to intervene in wanting to avenge him. I love how the movie begins with. McGregor’s character opens with the scene on the treadmill at the gym. He isn’t trying to escape the law but now, he has chosen life. There is a pure cost of what’s the character has developed. From a drug addict douchebag, he becomes a middle-class worker in Amsterdam.
“T2” still has all the same trademarks from the prequel. The trademark is like using drugs and great editing from Boyle. Black comedy as well refers to the same thing about the characters’ situation when they using drugs. However, this isn’t too thick but is still quite effective. The universe is also much broader making “T2” as an after-story story. In other words, the aftermath. There is an inherent connection between their backstory and this movie. The movie recreates the shot of the train and when they are in Scotland as they were with Tommy.
John Hodge still acts as an important role in opium. At least, he doesn’t really show the main focus of this film. He prefers to show his characters in finding a new phase. This sequel looks more mature, more developed, and quite interesting. The nostalgia effect in this movie is nothing more than Mark rummages through the toilet full of human waste to get his pills. Thus, “T2” doesn’t have the same energy as the original film with each of their madness. This film, almost, there is absolutely no memorable scene.
There is so much recreating scenes from the original movies. The scene between Mark and Veronika (Anjela Nedyalkova) is the only memorable one in my head. The scene recreating the “Choose Life” speech with a little improvisation. Since the ending in “Trainspotting”, personally, is so perfect with all kinds of ambiguity, Boyle doesn’t seem to answer clearly. He is more interested in making this sequel for us even though we know the answer. It’s a pleasure to see these characters again with such full of dilemma and emotional. Moreover, there is no significant change in characters. They are all still the same except for their ages. However, they are the same people.
Last but not least, I can hear Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” again for the second time. I still adore this movie as one of the greatest sequels ever. So many great original films in there. However, it’s just full of dull and cash-grab franchises to all of them. But, “T2” is not such a thing. “T2 Trainspotting” is a sequel with a fun dish full of entertainment as the original. However, the character development was still lacking including Veronica. After 20 years, Renton still had time to stand in his childhood bedroom.