T2: Trainspotting Movie Review
God, I wish someone would make a sequel to Trainspotting.
Said no one ever.
As good as Danny Boyle’s 1996 film was, it wasn’t exactly a movie that demanded a sequel, and yet here we are, 20 years later, with T2 Trainspotting, a movie that is unfortunately unrelated to the Terminator franchise. Ewan McGregor and the rest of the original cast are back to show us how their miserable lives have progressed, Star Wars prequels notwithstanding.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with T2. Danny Boyle is a solid director, and his cast is talented. The movie has its entertaining moments, and Robert Carlyle (where has he been???) is gloriously, batshit crazy.
But… there just isn’t much here. The story isn’t very interesting, the cast—especially McGregor—look tired and disinterested, and the film simply lacks the energy of the original, or of just about every other Boyle movie made over the last 20 years.
Boyle fails to establish why this movie exists, let alone why audiences should care. It’s not as poorly made as it is unnecessary, but T2 Trainspotting is undeniably forgettable.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.