Trainspotting movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This darkly comedic drama centred on drug addicts is unpleasant and is for adults. Trainspotting is definitely very gritty and contains graphic drug use.


Renton, a heroin addict, tries to clean up his life and start fresh by moving from Edinburgh to London. However, the allure of drugs and the influence of his friends pulls him is back to his addiction.

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Movie details

Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald
Writer: John Hodge
Release Date (Australia): 23 May 1996
Runtime: 93 minutes/1h 33m
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: UK
Language: English


Themes (R18+)

The film features strong themes of drug addiction, substance abuse and criminal activity. There are multiple scenes in which characters hallucinate as a result of using drugs and the corpse of a baby is depicted.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features scenes of strong violence, including depictions of attacks with objects and kicks that feature accompanying blood detail.

Coarse Language (R18+)

The film features frequent use of the word “c**t”, in addition to frequent and occasionally aggressive use of the word “f**k”.

Drug Use (R18+)

The film features frequent scenes in which characters are depicted injecting heroin and experiencing side effects of the drug.

Nudity (MA15+)

The film contains several depictions of male genitalia and female breasts nudity.

Sex (MA15+)

The film features strong sex scenes and crude sexual references.

mpaa rating

R (for graphic heroin use and resulting depravity, strong language, sex, nudity and some violence)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Trainspotting is excessively dirty and extremely unpleasant to witness, but it’s an essential reminder of the dread that drug addicts go through. Realistically depicting the life of characters who’re addicted to heroin, expect an experience full of explicit language, graphic sex, bloody violence and other absurdly distressing material that’s restricted to adults.

Throughout the troubling and concerning story, you’ll definitely encounter a brilliant performance by Ewan McGregor, discomforting images and even some immensely dark chuckles. Due to the very decent pace and the thematic experiences you’ll receive, audiences will constantly be engaged with leading character Mark Renton’s journey through his heroin addiction. The bizarre hallucinations he experiences will definitely leave you feeling dirty.

Trainspotting’s powerful themes clearly tackle the horrors of drug addiction and involve sequences of major troubles, but there is not one single second in which this graphic movie glamorises drug abuse or addiction. It rather portrays how painful the results are and is more attached to the choices you make in life.

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