Trainspotting Analysis


adaptation of the novel by Irvine Welsh and done by the team of Tomb bit deep writer John Hedge, the producer Andrew Macdonald and director Danny Boyle, who gives us characters and moments that are unforgettable. Ewan McGregor plays Renton, addicted to the heroin on and off that you can decide whether you want to clean or return in the company of his friends from loser in Edinburgh working class and later in London. The film was produced in 1996.

Trainspotting actually refers to a session of track that is left in the veins after shooting heroin or dark linear brand. The first thing is that heroin leading users along his arms and inject up and down in the main vein. “Station to station”, he is called. For addicts, everything narrows down to a goal of getting drugs. “Which” is as well, obsessively taking down the numbers of trains.

the five main actors in this film are all males and with a habit of deadly drugs. Trainspotting can be classified into four different types of film including genre: drama, comedy, crime and drug culture. “Trainspotting” is classified as drama it is a history of severe due to the habit of the drug and several scenes showing the real lives of addicts and the graphic images of injecting heroin. On the other hand, one can classify as comedy especially when Spud is going to interview high speed and other funny moments that exist to lighten the seriousness of the film. This can be classified as black humor. Surely Trainspotting can also out under the genre of crime culture and because of the story and the characters in this film gives us a very vivid image and real of a heroine every day routine. of the addicted ‘ life choose…’ CITES more famous from the film means much. The portrayed in Trainspotting are those who need to understand the choice of life; they are what this phrase was written for and who are these people who live a life less ordinary? They are addicts in Scotland, life that is synchronized to get what they need. Three of them, the heroine is its mode of addiction, another passivity and the last attack. They are a crazy Quintet, urinating far lives that perhaps it could amount to something.

in the beginning as we introduced our humble Narrator Renton (McGregor). We can see that it is on a road to nowhere, steal CDs a store hoping to make some money to pay for the next hit. Your home is the apartment of a drug dealer (Mother Superior) where issued a regular plate of needle, spoon, lighter and heroin next to his best companions of sick child (Miller) and Spud (Bremner). They are as annoying as he is, even though Spud is powerless in their addiction while ill child is there to compare sizes metaphorical.

films about drug addiction certainly are nothing new, but this movie makes everything different, almost as if it was the first film to address the issue. Trainspotting is brave and often hilarious; It is dark, smart and stubborn. It is one of the best ‘films of drugs’, never made it; It is without doubt the best film to come out of the United Kingdom

Ewan McGregor plays the main character; Mark Renton. Introduces the film Trainspotting with a very energetic scene, accompanied by previous scene ‘ Lust for Life’ Iggy Pop, along with sarcastic narration of Renton, who rejects our weak, mechanical existence in favor of the joys of heroin. Iggy pop is hero of Renton. It even has a poster of him in his room. When you go clubbing, we noticed that his heroin habit has been going on for a long time as it doesn’t recognize any of the new songs at the club. Diane makes you notice this, and Renton starts to realize that heroin has taken much of his life.

“persons associated with misery, despair and death, that should not be ignored. But what they forget is the pleasure to do so, otherwise not what “is undoubtedly appalled by society and the materialistic pleasures offers. Later compares heroin: ‘imagine the best orgasm that I had never and multiply by 1 thousand and you’re not there’ but after a few minutes in the film decides to quit heroin. Viewers may conclude that it is time to move forward in life, but he couldn’t live life without heroin as we see through the film several trials failed to stop their habit

Renton has a serious drug habit and it should be kept because of its unemployment is by thefts and petty theft. Methadone, had its ‘last hit’ and this gave rise to an overdose. This simply shows an effort to avoid being compliant. In fact, it is this particular attitude that possibly explains the heroin’s in Renton. Says that “injecting you vitamin C if you did illegal”

even though he gets started his heroin addiction and begins a new life in London, they are not easy to get rid of their old circle of friends and Renton ends up involved in a drug deal and sold 4 kilos of heroin with his ‘so-called’ friends. Towards the end of the film, he betrays to the others by escape with the money. This shows that the spectators that decided to ‘ opt by the life ‘, be ‘ as us ‘, that is a target doubtful; the qualities of which the film questions the joint Renton


is dreamy, strong, problems and quiet, apparently all to the same time, and never know where are with it, as he never knows where get same. Is a representation discreet’s character essentially rootless-all a one magnetic.

Johnny Lee Miller plays the role of sick boy who is portrayed as a cute boy who has a habit of talking nonsense and bomb fellow with questions and answers about Sean Connery. He is a womanizer wannabe of James Bond, which is very intelligent. Sick child is which seems least affected by his heroin habit. In fact, when Renton tries to quit heroin, sick child does the same just to spite to him in the film Trainspotting-sick boy is who trivializes heroin and seems to have no problems with their addiction to the opposite of the rest of the crew.

“the film only affects the question of to what extent his character is genuine or social camouflage”. Behavior of the sick child at the end of the film shows how the death of your baby is affected him and made him more likely crime. Begins to try drugs, pimping and becomes an all around with. Renton notes when the child sick child passed away, something inside Sickboy must have died and never returned.

later in the film, Renton escapes to London to start a new life, while the sick child and the rest of his friends remain in the Scottish capital. When he unexpectedly visits Renton, immediately sells Renton television without consent and he also offers to sell Renton passport. Sickboy is so busy with his new criminal career that he didn’t even bother to think about feelings of Renton. “He becomes obsessed with the development of useful for that elusive ‘big thing’ contacts and sticks a toe in offering any” becomes a manipulative pimp and a pusher of drugs at every opportunity and not hesitate to take advantage of and manipulate any person for the purpose of development. Throughout this ordeal to sick boy remains as useless as always.

Tommy, played by Kevin McKidd, contrasts strongly with the other main characters. He is portrayed as athletic, find pleasure in the field, weight lifting and watching football instead of making use of the drug. As the film progresses, there is a drastic change in Tommy, making it the worst of all with a decline in “fast and deadly”.

Tommy relationship with his girlfriend Lizzie does not seem to be progressing well. The tension of finding your home sex movie missing because “borrowed” Renton is the final straw for Lizzie and breaks the relationship. When their efforts to amend their relationship, Tommy falls into a depression and resorts to drugs. Unfortunately enough (black comedy), it is Lizzie, the same person who loves Tommy causing his death. With the increased use of heroin, Tommy contacts HIV. Your apartment at the beginning and becomes dirty. She sees its final attempt to regain Lizzie get a kitten, which she refuses. Tommy is dead due to infection from cat feces. This has a social connotation as the HIV and AIDS due to heroin abuse was rising and at its peak in 1996.

Clarke considers that you history of Eastern character helps to create an ethical perspective in this film, giving the audience something to think about. Anyone can be a victim to drug abuse, even young people considered to be ‘good’. Clark said that Tommy presented as free of drugs in the movie which makes use of amphetamines in the novel by Irvine Welsh. This could be credited to the fact that certain individuals who prefer to watch the movie instead of reading the book as well the message has to be more severe through. The same can be said behind the scenes of Tommy drug use. Measure that advances the film, health Tommy aggravated so shocking to the public. In the end, without Lizzie, Tommy “decided to not opt for life” but the heroine and the msharp.

Begbie is considered better than any of the others. This is clearly seen when taught his friends after Renton narrowly escapes from prison, and trys to appear mature before the parents of Renton and when says that never was “poisoning” chemical products. Alcohol can also be considered as a chemical harmful to the body, but Begbie does not see it as such. Begbie takes an attitude of imposing when with their friends, for example in the fight scene from final pub when he commands to Renton to bring him a cigarette, or during hallucination scenes, as well as during their stay with Renton in England.

strut, the “friendly, child loser” as described by Clarke, is played by Ewen Bremner. Clarke sees life strut as brimming with wrong decisions, including your choice of drugs that are believed inappropriate for his weak character. During their six-week relationship with Gail, who have never had sex. On the night that she wanted to have sex with him, strut was too drunk to do anything. In that it wakes up Gail bed the next morning, he finds the dirty sheets. Content of intestine of spud ends up Smeared Gail and their parents while breakfast.

Clarke compares other scenes from the movie. Spud gets prison for theft while Renton emerges virtually unpunished. Similarly, Diane sees Spud lie intoxicated under the pavement during the scene of the Charter while the others appear lucid. Also, despite several threats, strut is the only member of the group to be wounded by Begbie. However, it is inevitable for all the world love Spud. The audience sympathize with him. Renton wishes that it ended up in prison instead of his friend. At the end, let money just strut because he pities the.

Kelly Macdonald by Diane is young but wise beyond their actual years. This is especially shown when it comes to men. At first, Renton sees in a discotheque to refuse the advances of a man drink two drinks and leaving, and secondly when Renton about him out of the club and responds to its weak chat with a cruel cold speech that leaves him totally dejected. However, when she opens the door of the taxi to Renton in, it is clear that the negative response could have merely been a tool to create a sexual power over him.

later in the film, after a night of passion with Renton in his bedroom, Renton and the public are funny, and disturbing to Diane changed her dress of silver in her school uniform. The audience understands the position’s in Renton found himself. You should leave this situation or otherwise face the consequences since she is a minor. However, Diane has once again about Renton power in this situation because if the police, Renton face prison. She knows the law and blackmails him to see it again. Diane also seems to be more knowledgeable about modern culture. She indeed emphasizes that shooting heroin, listening to Iggy Pop and the fact that Renton and the key players are still in Edinburgh are obsolete “times are changing, the music is changing, even drugs are changing”.

establishment of sexual power over men is also seen in other women in the film. In short, male characters of Trainspotting are ready to drop their usual facade insurance and put at risk the shame to satisfy their sexuality. Women in Trainspotting seem to be more than happy to make. For example strut bridal refused to sleep with prop during his six-week relationship, but later admitted to Lizzy want to sleep with Spud, however, loves to watch him suffer. Lizzy is also seen as ridiculous and control sexual of their men. She not is deny of having sex with Tommy since is your only pleasure that obtains of it. However, more later in the film, when Thomas not could find the video private highly intimate, Lizzy was embarrassed. She was so angry with him that she it left.

Alison, played by Susan Vidler, is a typical mother craving of drug. Is centered in yes same, neglecting completely their daughter. When the baby is found dead in his crib, Renton narrates that not know that father of your baby. This encourages the belief of that she is very immature and devoid of moral, have contact sexual with all those members male of the group. In the discovery of their daughter’s death, one of his initial reactions is to take heroin.

mother superior of the group is heroin. Although he was administering the drug to friends, he is never seen using it. Mother Superior cannot be considered entirely as a friend to them because, ultimately, he wants money for drugs that provides. However, when Renton overdose, mother superior asks a taxi and provides money for it. This can be interpreted as a friendly gesture but also how to help Renton to avoid problems. Mother Superior knows the different characters of the group. This may indicate that all have to use drugs for quite a while, so the haunting superior place often. During the film, the characters are robberies to support their drug habit. The need to steal could have been initiated by the mother superior demanding cash.

the bonus that Renton has with his friends is only the common goal of pulling the next hit. When he is not on drugs has to face the reality, that is, relationships, meet girls and day-to-day responsibilities. The film portrays what appears to be a United Group. However, there is the fear of Begbie due to its violence and alcohol trends as well as being the oldest of the lot. Strut Sickboy, Renton and later in the film Tommy they have an addiction to heroin, so their preferred method to solve problems is taking a hit. Begbie solves your drinking and fighting. The group shares stolen money and tends to steal in groups. When going to nightclubs, they party together. However, in the end Renton calls the rest of the group “so-called friends”.

the relationship between Renton and Spud can be considered to be the best within the characters. As mentioned earlier, Renton can not stop liking strut. Renton is giving advice to his friend before the interview of Spud. Although considered incorrect, Renton-best drilled some speed to put it in easy. When both are thefts, Renton wishes that he went to prison rather than strut. In the same scene, she confesses to being alone, although surrounded with family and friends. At the end of the film, Renton felt strut penalty because he never harmed anyone or say a bad word about his friends. Therefore, it left him money only to strut. This relationship is supported by the fact that Renton asks strut if you take the money and go. Renton could grabbed the bag and before Spud would have reacted in any way more easily.

Renton has a good relationship with Tommy, thinking of it as one of his best friends. Tommy also considers a friend Renton by relying on the problems he had with Lizzie. Renton felt penalty for Tommy when he found his HIV positive friend living in a horrible, dirty apartment. He tried to make amends by giving money to Tommy to pay the rent. This relationship is somewhat ironic because the fall of Tommy is caused by Renton when he stole video Tommy and Lizzy. From the outset, does not seem strong relationship Renton and Sickboy. Renton is a little jealous of Sickboy. This impression was created by the fact that Sickboy can easily overcome heroin because Renton is trying to quit smoking. Sickboy doesn’t seem to have problems of dating girls in the scene of the disc while Renton didn’t like the females to his around, with the exception of Diane. Towards the end of the film, Renton said that Sickboy would betray him out as well if he had first thought. Sickboy admits the fact.

Spud and Tommy are seen only talk about sex a very private matter because they both have a girlfriend. Her friends also seem to be in confidence with others. They feel comfortable sharing problems: Spud – no sex in a relationship of six weeks; Tommy – forgetting the birthday of Lizzy. He had a ticket for Iggy Pop for that same night. When Tommy dies, Spud sings a song. This Act shows just how much strut takes care of Tommy. Begbie and Renton relation is a bit contradictory. Begbie relies on Renton enough to trust with him when he came out with one transsexual without knowing it at the beginning. However, Begbie threatening to Renton on several occasions, its aggressive nature take care of all the emotions. Renton meets Begbie, mainly because it is afraid. Renton tries to not oppose Begbie because it is “a psychopath” at the end of the film Renton says that it didn’t he betrayed to Begbie.

the relationship between the superior and Renton represented not may be called as a friendship because, ultimately, mother superior business consists of selling drugs to Renton and the rest of the group. Yet their relationship is deeper than the normal provider relationship. Mother Superior could have easily dumped Renton somewhere rather than call a taxi to take him to the hospital. However, some may doubt generated due to the friendship gesture. The public could believe that paying the taxi is a small price to pay compared to all the problems of mother superior could get if it is with a corpse.

Trainspotting could be described as a message against drugs, which is portrayed on “studies of the character rather than a condescending preach” this film presents its audience with more than one view of drugs throughout the film, the characters of young heroin and injection of the latter in their bodies are often kitchen) However, also portrays the pain, agony, melancholy and unhappiness resulting from this drug addiction. You could say that this film is a warning about the fears and dangers of drugs, mainly heroin addiction.

of Trainspotting anti-drug message is mainly found within the capacity of the film to illustrate and deal with the reason as to what young people are attracted to drugs. Additionally the film can and success in presenting to the public with negative results, damages and consequences resulting from this type of addiction more clearly convey this message against drugs. The film portrays these negative results and damage constantly throughout the film. The film and its characters come into a world of neglect, dying babies, AIDS, anxiety, depression, boredom and hopelessness. Moreover the other message against the drug that derived of this film “goes more beyond of causes and consequences in the explanation of that abuse of them drug serious is in itself more beyond of causes and consequences: Renton you asks,” would who need reasons when have heroin? “.”

Trainspotting focuses on the subculture of heroin of mid-80s of Edinburgh, “when Pakistani smack had glutted the market of United Kingdom, increasingly, for thousands of people in unemployment, a cheaper means of forgetfulness than alcohol”. Its analysis of the likelihood of the Subcultures of the youth to overcome “their social class contect and (e) form a class of its own” in this film even “nonravers” are represented as drug users, in a literal sense (“State-sanctioned chemicals such as alcohol or tranquilizers”) and in a metaphorical sense (“TV, videos, computer games (‘, the adrenaline of the violence of football “).

Hebdige (1979:100) argues that “style is an intentional communication”. Barthes (N.D.) cited in Hebdige (1979:100), distinguishes between “subcultural” and “normal styles.” Subcultural style collects these insistent mixtures of clothing, music, jargon and exhibits almost a connection corresponding to “the more conventional formulas (normal suits, ties, twin sets, etc)”. Clothing that individuals use is selected within the constraint of preference, taste, cost etc.. These options include a wide range of messages that are communicated through the distinctions delicately classified a number of “systems interlocking” status, image and class. Subcultural styles are distinguished normal styles “are manufactured and showing their own codes”, and this is interpreted consistently throughout the film (Hebdige, 1979:100-101). Through clothes used by the characters in the films, he is portraying the message that do not belong to the “normal” culture, but belong to a class, or an own subculture; «I speak through my clothes» (Eco, 1973 cited in Hebdige, 1979:100).

Trainspotting can be described as black humor, but addicts at a price the film everyone sincerely. It is a film that is mainly for people who don’t want to belong. Trainspotting is not the first film about heroin, but the first that is a happy existence smack ‘slap in the face are both the grim reality of life at the tip of a needle and a glorification of carefree, fueled by pop music of the addicts’ ‘.

the soundtrack of Trainspotting was wildly successful in the international charts after the release of the movie itself, in the 1990s. The score consists mainly of popular music. At times the film takes the appearance of a music video, the conversation kept to a minimum. The scene and the soundtrack are completed and enough for the Viewer to understand. Used several times and for different purposes.

in the first ten minutes of the film, we are petrified; seeing as the anti hero Renton and Spud race through the streets and begins a voiceover: “choose life. Select a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a big television fucking; Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc and electric openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance… “

this litany is turned on and then we get a view of Renton lies in a stupor from heroin and the voice over ends with:

“but, why you would want to do something like this? ” I chose not to choose life: I chose something else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you have heroin?”

accompanying this powerful scene is ‘ Lust for Life’ Iggy Pop. ‘ Lust for Life’, in which letters, notably are subordinated to Renton voiceover after the thumping few bars, so many opening so the only lyrical fragments that can be heard are the first line ‘here comes Johnny Yen again…’ and the choral refrain (‘I have lust for life’). By the way, Iggy Pop is known for their past abuse of heroin and mentioned much in the film. The two finally come to signify each other — Mark Renton is the central character of the film and Iggy Pop is the most featured artist on the soundtrack album. Iggy Pop music also provides a sense of rebellion to the film. We can also notice poster of Iggy Pop in one of the scenes

knowledge of Renton’s new music is limited and this is seen when going on a spree. Renton is uncomfortable; It has not been out for a long time and is not in contact with the current music scene. This is we where have the inclusion of tracks Born Slippy and ‘by what dream’. All this shows how Renton has been so wrapped up in his habit of heroin that he is completely touch. The only song that Renton acknowledges is a song originally called Blondie “atomic” (a song from the 1980s). The change of emphasis is evident in Trainspotting is as, although the musical character of the score gradually changes from proto-punk Iggy Pop through the most recent waves of dance

music music was deliberately recorded for the film. For example “final mile” of pulp, which is accompanied by Mark Renton pass to a London flat. The lyrics of the song describes the State of the housing moves in:

“smelt as if someone had died
the Hall was full of flies.”

the kitchen sink had blocked
the not at all bathroom sink… “

another song created by the Group Leftfield for the film is ironically called ‘Final blow’.” Throughout the film, Renton takes most of their hits called late. It is mainly an instrumental track, with harmonic chords that contrast with a dark, almost overwhelming rhythm track. The contrast between harmony and rhythm can represent feelings of Mark Renton at this time in the film – he desperately wants to quit heroin, but the feeling get you is too pleasant.

all the music used in the film is full of irony. For example, when Renton is hallucinating that he is disappearing ‘more dirty toilet of Scotland’, we hear a soft piece of Brian Eno ambient music, aptly called Blue day deep. The film takes a surreal twist here and we are entering a world of images and sounds as Renton swims in a blue ocean. This all contrasts harshly with the reality of Renton in a dirty toilet to find their heroin suppositories, while he vomits uncontrollably

all the songs in the soundtrack of Trainspotting have become important people saw it and associated with the songs for the film; heroin. At this time, the heroine of the chic term was having great impact in the world. Heroin chic was a trend in the 1990s that characterizes the “slim and unhealthy look of junkies. Expression in white, waxy complexion and dark circles under the eyes, sunken cheeks, excessive thinness, hair greasy “were seen on catwalk models showing the heroin chic look and promoted in the circles of fashion as ‘chic’ and the popular magazine. This fragile, thin look and drug addicts was beloved in the world of fashion. In fact, in 1997 was the basis of the advertising campaign for Calvin Klein. Heroin always chic fashion debate and fight against drugs groups protested. “Fashion designers, models like Kate Moss and James King and films such as Trainspotting were blamed by exalting the elegant appearance of heroin and lifestyle”

US former President Bill Clinton condemned the elegant appearance of heroin and ‘heroin chic’ fashion photography to send a message that drug use is ‘glamour’ and ‘sexy’. He said, “Not need to glamorize addiction to sell clothes.” As he saw it, the glorification of heroin “is not creative. It is destructive. It is not beautiful. It is very ugly. And this is not art. It’s life and death. And glorifying death is not good for any society “not in vain-much of the conventional press and newspapers were horrified by the apparent glorification of the use of the heroine in the film Trainspotting. Addicts were presented as righteous heroes choose freedom over tyranny of the consumer society. Suddenly all the values were reversed as viewers and readers were invited to identify and empathize with low-lifes who think nothing of spending all day watching TV and shooting heroin. Trainspotting helped a new fascination with heroin drug to portray powerful models of role in the film. For years the heroin has been very popular in the lives of young celebrities for example River Phoenix (who died of an overdose in 1992).

Trainspotting was a great success and was more than the announcement of a film. Even years after the film was released, the film about heroin addiction was the best sold movies depicting cultural images of the heroin subcultures. Trainspotting has received a cult following. The film addresses both problems of heroin addiction from a point of view of the user to a view of the fight against drugs. Trainspotting handles us shock, terrify and disgust us awhile and make us laugh the next. Trainspotting does not really have a plot but simply follow the life everyday for this group of addicts

drugs are the main focus of this film. In the 1990s a new wave of music and drugs began to emerge. The heroin was seen as outdated (Iggy Pop). With the film Trainspotting heroin was given sight. Characters as sick boy and Renton became idols for rebellious teens who wanted to experience in drugs, felt disappointed, independent of the society. Trainspotting became the Bible to this new generation of heroin addicts. They had idols to imitate and a soundtrack. On the other hand one could have seen the movie as it is; a hole of ironic and cynical peep into the life of a group of heroin addicts. The tragedy of the film is obvious to the Viewer, but that depends on the person to interpret it.


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