Release Date: 14 June 2017
Format: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K UHD
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle
When we last saw Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) he’d just ripped off his mates to the tune of 16,000 quid (and Underworld’s ‘Born Slippy’), and was going straight and choosing life. Now, 20 years later, he’s returned to Edinburgh to look up old friends, and needless to say it’s a tumultuous homecoming. After saving a suicidal Spud (Ewen Bremner), who’s still on heroin and a failure as a father, Renton looks up Sick Boy/Simon (Jonny Lee Miller), who offers him a partnership in a dodgy business venture. Then there is the matter of one Francis Begbie (Robert Carlyle), who’s still as psychotic as ever and has just made a sly prison break; it’s only a matter of time before he runs into Renton… Trainspotting defined the UK youth culture and music of the ‘90s, with Renton as the narrator and primary focus. T2 is a more sombre and measured affair that reflects its now middle-aged protagonists, dividing the screen time between all four characters and their respective subplots. The hyper-stylised look is back and nostalgia and fan service proliferate, with echoes and beats from the original resonating throughout this satisfying sequel.
DVD & BD
- Commentary by director Danny Boyle and writer John Hodge
- 20 Years in the Making: A Conversation with Danny Boyle
- Deleted Scenes
DID YOU KNOW
- Although Irvine Welsh wrote a follow-up to his novel Trainspotting in 2002 called Porno, the movie sequel is actually only very loosely based on it. It’s mostly an original story which includes some unused parts of the Trainspotting novel, and some elements from Porno.
- Jonny Lee Miller offered to shave his head to look older, but Danny Boyle insisted that Sick Boy retain his iconic blond hair.