First there was an opportunity......then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance. Written by
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Simon's flat is located in Salamander Street in Leith, there is an iconic corner bar opposite called the Pond. Spud's job interview from the first film happened in the factory one street up. See more »
While riding across the Forth Road bridge towards Fife, the Queensferry Crossing bridge can be seen out the left side of the window, this means that they are in fact heading in the other direction, towards Edinburgh. See more »
Choose life. Choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hope that someone, somewhere cares. Choose looking up old flames, wishing you'd done it all differently. And choose watching history repeat itself. Choose your future. Choose reality TV, slut shaming, revenge porn. Choose a zero-hour contract, a two hour journey to work. And choose the same for your kids, only worse, and smother the pain with an unknown dose of an unknown drug made in somebody's kitchen. And then... take a deep breath. You're...
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20 years after Renton stole the drugs money from his friends, he returns to Scotland to repay them and see what's become of them. Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie aren't too pleased to see him though, but nostalgia overcomes them all. The story isn't particularly special, but the theme of losing touch and lack of lifetime achievement is driven home with real power and emotion, with a lot more depressing humour than I expected.
The characters are where the beauty is, from Renton's everyman, Spud's innocence, Sick Boy's laddish attitude or Begbie's crudeness. Seeing them back together is a beautiful thing, their chemistry is magnificent and their performances are undeniably good.
T2 was never going to be as iconic as its predecessor. But there's enough heartwarming reference to the first movie to bring a nostalgic smile, but not too much to feel like recycling. The problem for me is that now Boyle is a proper filmmaker, it's lost its independent tone and touch - it feels more studio produced and less organic.
The gang clearly loved being back together, and that's enough to celebrate - even if T2 lacks the unique spark of its original.
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