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First there was an opportunity......then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance. Written by
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Choose remakes. Choose re-imaginings. Choose sequels. Choose reboots. Choose life in 2017.
Following in the recent trend of dated sequels, reboots and kick-starts (literally and figuratively) here Danny Boyle's 90s cult classic gets a final shot in the arm; loosely hanging its narrative and character development around Irving Welsh's literary sequel 'Porno' and trying to circumnavigate a world two decades older and wearier than its predecessor (despite the book only giving way to nine).
All of the familiar faces are back and those who aren't are at least in some way alluded to or given a not-so-subtle nod but now generally referred to by their given names: Mark (Renton), Simon (Sick-Boy), Danny (Spud) and Frank (Begbie). And generally speaking, T2 is very much a nostalgia piece, revisiting all of the iconic imagery, scenery and/or moments which made the first movie so overtly unique, refreshing and unforgettable: from the worst toilet in Scotland, to parallel chase sequence moments, to snarky comments about the danger of underage girls; this follow-up seems almost determined to create an abstract sense of reflection. We as an audience are offered the chance to relive and reminisce on past glories in much the same way as the characters on-screen are. The misanthropic tone is a far cry from the jubilant anger of the first incarnation however and McGregor's lengthy 'Choose Life' explanatory diatribe (citing more modern pitfalls of Facebook, Twitter and "Slut Shaming") is the only real moment in which any character fully engages and communicates a sense of circumstantial disillusionment. On a positive note, the character development of Spud who emerges as the primary, sympathetic protagonist is excellent; despite what feels like a somewhat-forced, Hollywood-friendly, conclusive arc for Ewen Bremner's dim-witted addict. Overall, it's a serviceable enough cap tip to the original, but truthfully lacks the bark or bite to have the modern day resonance it craves (and the original so easily garnered).
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