By Jamie Davies, Egwyl Contributor – Twitter: @JamieODavies
Based 20 years after the first one, as Jonny Lee Miller’s character mentions in the trailer, as Mark Renton returns to the only place he would call home to reunite with Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie.
The first film received big praise from its critiques back in 1996 with elements of drug addiction, violence and dark scenes only filmmakers would dare to use.
In the space of 21 years, Danny Boyle has gone on to build a great CV for himself including the award winning 2009 film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ along with ‘127 Hours’ and ‘The Beach’ starring Leonardo Di Caprio.
Ewan McGregor, portraying Mark Renton the leading character, has fought against the empire in a galaxy far, far away as the young Obi Wan Kenobi in the prequel trilogy of Star Wars. Many miles under the belt from the Scotsman.
A lot may have happened over the last two decades, as you can see in the trailer to T2, Trainspotting the characters have aged (obviously), but what have they been up to? Sick Boy’s question to Renton we all probably want to know the answer to: “Hello Mark. So what have you been up to for 20 years?”
We all remember the conclusion of the original movie after Renton has got over his drug addiction then walked away from his ‘so called friends’ with plenty of cash to leave Edinburgh behind.
From the trailer it looks to include plenty of drug activity and, let’s be honest, we were expecting that.
We see a refreshed and healthy Renton addressing his famous “choose life” narrative but with a modern day twist – telling people to choose “Facebook”, “Instagram” and “zero hour contracts”.
The final thing to look forward to is the reunion of Renton and Begbie. Robert Carlyle’s psychopathic character looks to have never changed after 20 years and will sure want a piece of Renton after taking his drug money right under his nose.
Will this second instalment prove to be just as successful as the original? Will it live up to the hype? Will Spud know what planet he is on? And fingers crossed we don’t see the return of ‘the worst toilet in Scotland’.
Final note, it sure is great to hear the original soundtrack of Underworld’s Born Slippy in the background of the new movie’s trailer.
T2 Trainspotting is out in cinemas on Friday January 27 and whilst you’re waiting, you can check out the trailer below: