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T2 Trainspotting (2017)

R | | Drama | 31 March 2017 (USA)
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After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie.

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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 Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Rated R for drug use, language throughout, strong sexual content, graphic nudity and some violence | See all certifications »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$170,575 (USA) (17 March 2017)

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$170,575 (USA) (17 March 2017)
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This is the second time in Ewan McGregor's career that he has returned to one of his earlier roles. The first was the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels. See more »

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When Renton and Sick Boy are performing on stage at the Protestant pub, the camera attached to Renton's microphone is briefly visible. See more »

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Simon: [In the Highlands with Mark and Spud to remember Tommy] I'm sorry, I'm trying very hard, but I just don't feel anything.
Renton: We are here as an act of memorial.
Simon: It's just nostalgia! You're a tourist in your own youth. We were young; bad things happened.
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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #45.10 (2016) See more »

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Perfect Day
Performed by Rick Smith
Lyrics and Music by Lou Reed
Published by Screen Gems - EMI Music Ltd
Courtesy of BMG UK Ltd on behalf of BMG Music
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★★★★ - nostalgic and heartwarming fun
29 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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.

4/5


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