No Honor Among Thieves, But Friendships Can Survive
Release Date: March 16, 2017
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee
Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen
Bremner, Anjela Nedyalkova,
Runtime: 118 minutes
Distributor: TriStar Pictures/Sony Pictures
Director: Danny Boyle
Executive Producer: Irvine Welsh, Allon Reich
Producer: Andrew Macdonald, Danny Boyle,
Christian Colson, Bernie Belew
Writer: John Hodge
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The movie stars Ewan McGregor as Mark, who returns to Edinburgh, Scotland 20 years after he stole 8,000 out of 16,000 pounds from his friend, Simon, and the psychopathic criminal, Begbie, with whom he teamed up to sell some heroin in London. Mark left 4,000 of the 16,000 with their compatriot, Spud, who naturally wasted all of his money on more heroin. Of course, the remaining 4,000 pounds was Mark’s share of the loot, so he came away with 12,000 of the 16,000 pounds.
At first, Mark pretends he’s totally straightened his life around in America, including being married and having two children. Though Mark’s returned to Scotland bearing Simon’s 4,000 pounds, Simon is still upset. “Where’s the interest on my money?” he yells at Mark after starting a fight at the failing pub Simon inherited from his aunt. After the fight, Mark admits that none of his business ventures have really panned out, that his wife has fled divorce papers, and that they really don’t have any children. To top it off, Mark has a heart condition.
Because the pub is no longer the hotspot it used to be, Simon runs a blackmail business and grows marijuana for sale on the side. He’s also developed a cocaine habit to replace his heroin addiction. However, he and his much younger Slovakian girlfriend, Viktoria, want to take Simon’s pub on the waterfront and build a fancy house of prostitution with a nightclub. With Mark’s help, they decide to lie to the government and apply for a business loan to build a bed and breakfast. They successfully government officials that the bed and breakfast could be the start of a new re-development for the waterfront district.
Surprisingly, the government gives them 100,000 pounds, so they hire Spud to help them renovate the large building where the pub’s located. Meanwhile, Viktoria encourages Spud to start writing down all the stories from the old days, which Spud has a talent for describing colorfully, despite his thick Scottish accent.
Things are finally looking up for Mark, Simon and Spud. However, Begbie, the psychopathic criminal with whom they grew up, has escaped from prison, and he wants the money Mark stole from him, or else. Simon holds off Begbie by promising to deliver Mark on a silver platter. Eventually, however, Begbie gets tired of waiting. So, the question becomes, how long can Mark safely avoid the rampaging criminal?
Heroin addiction doesn’t play such a big role in this sequel to TRAINSPOTTING, although Spud’s still caught in its throes until Mark and Viktoria’s encouragement helps him out of it. Spud’s positive transformation adds some heartwarming moments to T2, which also has some funny twists and turns, combined with its new pulsing soundtrack. Ewan McGregor as Mark delivers a heartfelt monologue about the difficulties and continuing disappointments of a struggling modern life in one scene that’s rather thought-provoking.
That said, the movie has a nearly constant barrage of foul language, plus some sexual references and strong violence. Also, drug abuse is not entirely rebuked. In addition, the new business venture of the movie’s protagonists, including Veronika, involves deceit and creating a new prostitution business. Furthermore, in one scene, Mark and Simon exploit a Protestant club’s Anti-Catholic prejudices to steal their personal credit cards. Finally, although Begbie eventually gets his comeuppance, Mark renews his friendships, and it looks like Spud’s new writing career might blossom, the movie ends with a new betrayal and theft, this time involving Viktoria.
Thus, T2 TRAINSPOTTING still manages to glorify some poor and immoral lifestyle choices. Apparently, today’s modern cynicism and mania for rebellion doesn’t allow for any possibility of a redemptive, morally uplifting conclusion.
Heroin addiction doesn’t play such a big role in T2 TRAINSPOTTING. The movie also has some funny and even heartwarming twists and turns, combined with its new pulsing soundtrack. However, it has a nearly constant barrage of foul language, plus some sexual references and strong violence. Also, drug abuse is not entirely rebuked, and the movie ends with another betrayal and theft. Ultimately, T2 TRAINSPOTTING still manages to glorify some poor and immoral lifestyle choices.