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T2 Trainspotting

"T2 Trainspotting has one foot firmly planted in nostalgia and the other rooted in the present, and thanks in great part to Boyle's unique, world-class talent, everything old feels new again. 4/4 stars." - Chicago Sun-Times

"T2 Trainspotting, set 20 years after the earlier picture, connects intimately with the original. The same characters — Scottish bad boys Renton, Spud (Ewen Bremner), Simon (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) — are back. They’re older, but only in some ways wiser. Scarred up by life, most are stuck in familiar patterns, although heroin is no longer the center of their lives as it was in the first movie. Spud, however, is still a junkie, his life in tatters.

"Begbie, never a heroin addict, is still psychotic, an awful hair-trigger menace to society. He’s serving a 20-plus-year prison term, but will soon escape. Simon, the one-time Sick Boy, has moved from heroin to cocaine and is a blackmailer trafficking in pornographic videos. And Mark, who ripped them all off in 'Trainspotting' by stealing a huge stash of illicit cash from his mates, has seemingly cleaned up his act and settled down in Amsterdam, gotten married, started a family, landed a steady job and is content. Turns out that’s far from the actual case.

"These characters are all sharply etched and their personas are deepened in the follow-up. Twenty years on from the first movie, Danny Boyle hasn’t lost an ounce of verve he brings to his direction, though his filmmaking technique is much more advanced these days.

"With a pulsing soundtrack and an ending scene that cleverly ties the whole thing back to the first picture, T2 is a sequel that is at least the equal of the revered original. 4/4 stars" - Seattle Times

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