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Trainspotting Trainspotting is a drop-dead look at a dead-end lifestyle Set among the junkies and thugs of Edinburghs slums and made by director Danny Boyle writer John Hodge producer Andrew Macdonald that created Shallow Grave Trainspotting caused a sensation in Britain where it took in more money than any UK film except Four Weddings and a Funeral and ignited strong controversy over its attitude toward heroin Mark Renton Ewan McGregor the films narrator unleashes an overpowering verbal torrent that gets things off to an aggressive start Choose life Renton insists in voice-over as store detectives chase after him for shoplifting Choose a job Choose a career Choose a family Choose a beep big television choose washing machines cars compact disc players and electrical tin openers Choose good health low cholesterol and dental insurance Choose fixed-income mortgage repayments Choose a starter home Choose your friends But why would I want to do a thing like that I chose not to choose life I chose something else And the reasons There are no reasons Who needs reasons when youve got heroin It is very difficult to resist the films great energy Trainspottings subject matter is raw and raunchy including AIDS overdoses and violence as well as obscene situations described in unprintable language This is a film that makes you laugh of things that can in no way be described as funny How is this possible In the films signature scene where Renton in search of some lost opium suppositories dives head-first into the filthiest toilet in Scotland and emerges in a sublime and spacious undersea world And despite Rentons celebrated saying on the pleasures of heroin boasting Take the best orgasm you ever had multiply it by a thousand and youre still nowhere near it Trainspotting is only interested in drugs because its characters are Most feeble of the characters is the glasses-wearing Spud Ewen Bremner Most devious is Sick Boy Jonny Lee Miller
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