T2 Trainspotting
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle
Released: January 27th 2017

Choose life, choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hope that someone, somewhere… cares.

That familiar tune, an iconic refrain delivered in remixed form by an international superstar whose career was launched by and large by this films predecessor.

Choose looking up old flames, wishing you’d done it all differently.

Amid that old refrain, once youthfully posturing about picking your way through and past the minefield of  a constrictive society – now worn by time and all too aware of the partial failure of said endeavour.

And choose watching history repeat itself.

Back with old friends, it is easy to fall into old destructive habits, particularly if your life hasn’t gone according to plan. It can be cathartic, even therapeutic in small doses. But then Renton and his friends have never been the people to do things by half measures.

Choose your future, choose reality TV stars, slut shaming, revenge porn. Choose a zero hour contract, a two hour journey to work and choose the same for your kids only worse, and smother the pain with an unknown dose of an unknown drug made in somebody’s kitchen… then take a deep breath.

It looks like Danny Boyle is back to present us with a narrative steeped in the ills of our world, and while there are hints of nostalgia dotted all around this – there would seem to be a point in it, that our ugliness keeps threatening to rise up and choke unless we stare in the eye, and stare it down. It is time to revel in Trainspotting again, so that perhaps the message sticks this time around.

Choose the ones you love, choose to be addicted to something else.

You can bet SBOC will be there at release to cover T2 in all it’s retched glory, in our Global Hypercolour and pounding old school Ibiza tunes.

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