7:00 PM, 29th April, 2017
Choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hope that someone, somewhere cares
Choose looking up old flames, wishing you’d done it all differently
And choose watching history repeat itself
Choose your future
Choose reality TV, 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
And then… take a deep breath
You’re an addict, so be addicted
Just be addicted to something else
Choose the ones you love
Choose your future
Mark Renton (McGregor) returns to Glasgow after a 20 year absence. His main intent being to make amends with Simon ‘Sick Boy’ Williamson (Miller) and Daniel ‘Spud’ Murphy (Ewan Bremner). Alas he also finds a still-psychopathic Francis Begbie (Carlyle) fresh out of jail and still holding a grudge. Despite the obvious threat to his own life Renton this time chooses to stick it out and help his friends get their dysfunctional lives back on track.
Whilst many elements of T2 are loosely based on “Porno”, the sequel novel to “Trainspotting”, the film is largely an original story (blame the Internet changing the world for that one, as well as the problem that “Porno” just wasn’t in the same league as its predecessor even when its story material was more socially relevant). All for the best though as Danny Boyle and long-time screenwriting collaborator John Hodge (who also translated the original book to the big screen) have created an unexpectedly worthy sequel to the greatest Scottish film of all time.
9:07 PM, 29th April, 2017
The small crew of the international space station discover, in a piece of Martian rock, the first evidence of extra-terrestrial life. It’s a time for celebration… until their research goes wrong, and suddenly this harmless piece of single-celled life threatens everyone on board.
Yes, it does sound pretty much like Alien – a small group trapped in claustrophobic space vehicle fighting for their lives against a mysterious alien force. But that was a big scary monster that you could hide from. How do you hide from something tiny? Can you trust the crew members that have already been exposed? Are they now under the control of the alien? Is a scary monster currently burrowing its way out of their chest?
From the writing team behind Deadpool and featuring the ever reliable Gyllenhaal and Reynolds in the lead roles, along with a space-station-load of high budget Gravity-esque special effects, Life is a creepy thriller that will keep you guessing. It may not be the most original sci-fi movie to ever hit theatres, but it’s a fun ride on the big screen nonetheless.