Year of Release: 1996
Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremmer, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kevin McKidd, Kelly Macdonald, Peter Mullan, James Cosmo, Eileen Nicholas, Shirley Henderson, Irvine Welsh
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 8
Danny Boyle and his unique inventiveness have always made him a fantastic director to keep an eye for. "Trainspotting" allowed him to focus on a group of characters at odds with the world, but also characters who deal with the seedy underbelly of crime in London and surrounds. It was a fresh look into the British crime drama (much like Neil Jordan's "Mona Lisa" for instance), and it also perfectly encapsulated the cultural movement of the late 90s, both musically (with the drum and bass/jungle/electronica music styles) and the general cultural aesthetic (the whole heroin chic style, fashion statements that both influenced and derived from the film). The film is also revelatory for the performances from the main leads, particularly Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremmer, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle and Kelly Macdonald. To this day it's a film that remains remarkably fresh, with a unique point of view that is unlike much of what has been done ever since. A great film from a fantastic director.