“Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a f***ing big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suite on hire purchase in a range of f***ing fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the f**k you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing f***ing junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, f***ed up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life… But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin’ else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?”

With a quote from a leading man like that, need I say more?

Well, just in case you’re not as easily impressed as my pretentious ass assumes, here are a few more reasons to check out Danny Boyle’s gritty cult-classic Trainspotting:

  • The award-winning actor most widely known for his role in Star Wars: Episode III and Moulin Rouge, Ewan McGregor, puts on a hell of a show as Mark Renton. McGregor leads a cast of junkies through an exciting maelstrom of their hazy, drug-induced existence and poses deeply penetrating questions about materialism, moral depravity, losers, winners, killing babies, and HIV that linger hauntingly in even the most optimistic individual’s mind. His performance captures audiences with the charm of a true, soul-searching antihero, shining a small piece of light into the dark underworld of the Edinburgh heroin arena.
  • If you are fluent in the language of sardonic humor, then sign up to be in the Trainspotting fan club, stat. Narration from Mark Renton’s mind to your ears is enough to disturb, hypnotize, and tickle your funny bone all at the same time. He’s not an idiot; he is an irresponsible, addictive, intellectual humorist. However, the equally hilarious child-like behavior of his junkie cronies is so absurd that you can’t help but laugh and be thankful that you’re not cooking up right now.
  • Finally, it’s a cult classic. For every list out there that claims to host this generation’s cultural phenomena, Trainspotting rests in its familiar residence. The amazing script based on Irvine Welsch’s novel, the director’s creative vision, the actors’ emotional performances, a bangin’ soundtrack featuring Iggy Pop, and much much more make this film a dynamic and inventive work that is worth checking out for almost anyone.

*Photos via: TangoPirates and BBC