reconciliation can take place - if possible.
Sex, drugs and killer rock and roll return for another look at the low-life scene in Edinburgh, Scotland. Director Danny Boyle has reassembled his cast from "Trainspotting" (1996) for this 'where-are-they-now' follow-up that doesn't quite have the same impact as the inventive and shocking original. Also returning is screenwriter John Hodge, delivering more dark melancholy that should please fans - but probably won't gain many new followers. For those who haven't seen the first film, there are flashbacks and enough in-depth look at the characters to keep confusion to a minimum. Only Spud, the most interesting of the group, comes close to being likeable. But with no one to really root for, it becomes nearly 2 hours of watching miserable people trying to get through life. On the bright side, Kelly Macdonald is back briefly as Renton's ex-girlfriend Diane, who is now a successful legal practitioner whose help the boys need. The four lead actors, at the top of their game, make this drama work. A soundtrack that includes music from The Clash, Blondie, Queen, Wolf Alice, The Prodigy and more doesn't hurt. This movie earns its R rating for drug use, language, strong sexual content, graphic nudity and some violence. As a revealing and edgy sequel, "T2 Trainspotting" is right on track. (3 CAMS)
Rated R / Running Time: 117 minutes