“T2 Trainspotting”

A Look at the Movies

Rated R

1 hour 50 minutes

Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner

CHICOPEE, MA (WWLP) – It’s like old home week when the eccentric and unstable characters from the 1997 cult film “Trainspotting” pick up where they left off 20 years earlier.

But don’t worry about the presentation. Inventive director Danny Boyle returns to orchestrate this hell-raising reunion in style.

Fans of the outrageous original will certainly welcome Ewan McGregor’s return to Edinburgh, Scotland, surprising a favorite crony, Jonny Lee Miller, at the neighborhood pub. They’ve got a lot of catching up to do, but some things never change, like their grim outlook on life, trying to cut corners regardless of their enterprise. They’re hardly one step beyond what they were 20 years ago – embittered Heroin Addicts – who’ve outgrown their drug habits.

Moviegoers who’ve grown accustomed to a more refined Ewan McGregor, from his many American movies, will have to adjust to the vintage McGregor in all of his raw fury. Rounding out the losers trying to turn back the clock, Robert Carlyle is simply mesmerizing as the homicidal psychopath called “Begbie.”

What a chilling performance that hasn’t lost any of its bite after 20 years. Can outcasts ever change for the better?

The “Trainspotting” sequel gives us much to think about.

The sentiments from the long awaited sequel may not mean much to the uninitiated, but for fans who relish the memory of the original, “T2 Trainspotting” is a long awaited, satisfying sequel that shakes you up with 3 stars.

And don’t you believe that a sequel can’t measure up to a classic original from two decades earlier…