Trainspotting review – still a cinematic drug of choice

A rerelease of the 1996 box-office smash finds its tale of Edinburgh heroin addicts looking remarkably fresh faced despite the advancing years

Danny Boyle’s celebrated picture is rereleased in advance of its sequel, due in cinemas in two weeks. What’s interesting, viewing the film now, is how it manages to be both inarguably of its time, the mid 90s, but also has not dated nearly as badly as most youth culture movies tend to. This is at least partly due to Boyle’s canny music choices – Iggy Pop and Lou Reed already had their cool credentials established, while Underworld have maintained a credibility that owes something to their association with this film. What remains to be seen is how much Sick Boy’s unifying theory of life applies to the Trainspotting gang: “At one point, you’ve got it, then you lose it. Then it’s gone for ever.”

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