Jonny Lee Miller
|"I chose not to choose life, I choose something else. And the reasons? There are no reasons, who needs reasons when you've got heroin?"|
|Time: 94 mins.|
Academy Award Nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
SYNOPSIS: A group of disaffected Scottish youths turn to heroin to escape the banalities of modern-day existence. Then, they begin to suffer the consequences and discover that there are no easy solutions to the inherent loneliness and pain of life.
BOTTOM LINE: I'm not sure what about this tale of heroin addicts appealed to me, but though deeply disturbing at times, I found myself enjoying the ride. I think it's the insight into a world so foreign to my existence that I found so intriguing. McGregor gives another phenomenal performance as Rent-Boy, a member of a group of drug addicted losers. He is so charismatic you just can't help but like him, despite his awful actions. It's through his point of view that we experience the highs and lows of heroin addiction and the disaster it creates of one's life. The group he hangs with is fairly diverse, however, their ends are all too similar. Robert Carlyle is mesmerizing as Begbie, the insane "leader" of this bunch of delinquents. One of the film's most intense sequences shows Renton trying to go clean which is both horrifying and hilarious but it's just no use. His friends are his life and heroin is his best buddy. This is not a film for the squeamish. Boyle brings the heroin experience electrifyingly to life in all its squalid detail. Anyone who sees this as a pro-drug film is intellectually blind. Though the highs seems to be euphorious, it's living with the lows that make one shudder with disgust and fear. The film is an unbiased and often funny tale about the dangers of this lifestyle. The main ones: being unable to get out or to die trying. A wickedly modern cautionary tale.