T2 TRAINSPOTTING REVIEWED
“T2 Trainspotting” is a sequel that means well, but arrived too late. The book felt the same way too, so I’m not quite sure if you can say it’s a matter of missing the zeitgeist. The story feels like the last word on the people that survived the Heroin Plague of the 1990s. That is to differ them from the far less successful people strung out on Heroin now. But, who cares? Renton is back and it’s time to play the Iggy Pop.
While that good feeling lasts all of 10 minutes, this is 2 hours of having reality kick you in the teeth. Any redemption or satisfaction that Renton achieved by the end of the first film is gone. Begbie is just an older psychopath blaming better people for his failures. Then, there’s poor Sick Boy and Spud trying to build a life out of nothing. Nothing gets Sick Boy down, but Spud is brutally aware of the hell his life has become.
Contemplative films like this do well in Europe, but America didn’t have time for this. It’s the theatrical audience’s loss, so make up for it on Home Video. I’m really curious as to what Trainspotting looks like in 4K. If you’re reading this, let me know.
- Deleted Scenes
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 6/27/17
The Plot Thus Far
After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie.