Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy (18)

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Thu Apr 19 2012

Born out of a stage adaptation of ‘The Undefeated’, the third of three stories in Irvine Welsh’s 1996 collection ‘Ecstasy’, this Canadian production lands another few fruitless strokes of the whip across the long-dead horse known as ‘Trainspotting’. A decade and a half after Renton and company, we’re back in Edinburgh and not much has changed: happy pills are still de rigueur on the dancefloor; our characters comprise a not unfamiliar assemblage of chancers, motormouths and psychos. The main difference is a more central love story, as Adam Sinclair’s Lloyd – a sometime drug smuggler whose addiction issues are complicated by his serious debt to his scary employer – falls for Canadian housewife Heather (Kristin Kreuk), who’s been dabbling in the club scene to forget her dysfunctional marriage.

Where ‘Trainspotting’ cleverly showed us chemically-dependent amorality and let us make our own conclusions, this significantly more workaday offering gets itself in a real thematic tangle, one-minute espousing the liberating potency of ‘disco biscuits’ and a kickin’ DJ set, then later insisting that real life and real emotions only begin once illicit substances are out of the equation. Like so many drug movies it starts out down-with-the-kids but ends up preaching. That it’s at least trying to access genuine feelings of vulnerability and loss does stand in the movie’s favour. Yet the writing’s just too hackneyed to make much of it, the cast a forgettable lot compared to Danny Boyle’s charismatic crew, and Rob Heydon’s direction a collection of played-out visual tics (speeded-up cityscapes, on-screen character captions, etc) which never builds any appreciable dramatic momentum. Not so much chemical romance as serious downer, it all seems so old.

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18

UK release:

Fri Apr 20, 2012

Duration:

99 mins

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Director:

Rob Heydon

Cast:

Adam Sinclair, Kristin Kreuk, Billy Boyd, Carlo Rota

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Craig Beharrie

Up there with Moonwalker as the worst film I've ever had the misfortune of enduring. There's no way Irvine Welsh could possibly watch this without cringing inwardly. It's an insult to human-intelligence, with horrendous actors, lame Z-list cast, and some of the most revolting warped Scottish accents heard. The storyline is another cringe-fest, bearing absolutely zero relevance to the brilliant book of the same name. The makers of this film owe me 99 minutes of my life. Cheesier than a tramp's foreskin. Truly awful.

Craig Beharrie

Up there with Moonwalker as the worst film I've ever had the misfortune of enduring. There's no way Irvine Welsh could possibly watch this without cringing inwardly. It's an insult to human-intelligence, with horrendous actors, lame Z-list cast, and some of the most revolting warped Scottish accents heard. The storyline is another cringe-fest, bearing absolutely zero relevance to the brilliant book of the same name. The makers of this film owe me 99 minutes of my life. Cheesier than a tramp's foreskin. Truly awful.

Irvine who.

Once the was man called Irvine Welsh,he wrote a book called Trainspotting that made life for himself.And then his book was made in to a movie in 96 with young Ewan before he was a big shot in star wars and made Irvines life sky rocket.And now it's two decades later and no one cares about Irvine welsh anymore but he still writes story's about Scottish begin a drug nation that he has even said,he does not care about scotland he lives in Ireland and America now.But I am glad he,s not coming back to Scotland so we can't see how old and fat he looks just like this movie.

Irvine who.

Once the was man called Irvine Welsh,he wrote a book called Trainspotting that made life for himself.And then his book was made in to a movie in 96 with young Ewan before he was a big shot in star wars and made Irvines life sky rocket.And now it's two decades later and no one cares about Irvine welsh anymore but he still writes story's about Scottish begin a drug nation that he has even said,he does not care about scotland he lives in Ireland and America now.But I am glad he,s not coming back to Scotland so we can't see how old and fat he looks just like this movie.

me

do not agree with the negative reviews! are full of prejudices and many compare it to trainspotting. it was very exciting .. and the film is shot very well! sensational actors .. especially Kristin Kreuk! great actress!

me

do not agree with the negative reviews! are full of prejudices and many compare it to trainspotting. it was very exciting .. and the film is shot very well! sensational actors .. especially Kristin Kreuk! great actress!

pennyg2005

I saw this and I completely LOVED it! Adam Sinclair and Kristin Kruek are so great as a somewhat shallow clubber who meets a lonely, married woman looking for a bit of excitement. They have perfect chemistry as they try to understand this new albeit different relationship. Billy Boyd is incredible as always and he manages to steal every scene he is in! One particular incredible scene is one in the hospital, you'll know it when you see it! Absolutely genius!! Great direction, perfect music, incredible acting and another fine story by Mr. Welsh. This gritty, funny, saucy and endearing film is bound to become another cult favorite along side Trainspotting Whatever you do, do not miss this one!

pennyg2005

I saw this and I completely LOVED it! Adam Sinclair and Kristin Kruek are so great as a somewhat shallow clubber who meets a lonely, married woman looking for a bit of excitement. They have perfect chemistry as they try to understand this new albeit different relationship. Billy Boyd is incredible as always and he manages to steal every scene he is in! One particular incredible scene is one in the hospital, you'll know it when you see it! Absolutely genius!! Great direction, perfect music, incredible acting and another fine story by Mr. Welsh. This gritty, funny, saucy and endearing film is bound to become another cult favorite along side Trainspotting Whatever you do, do not miss this one!

frank

The reasons the PR company are using to try and persuade people to go and se this are more creative than the film itself...

frank

The reasons the PR company are using to try and persuade people to go and se this are more creative than the film itself...

VolvoMike13

As an older adult I wasn't sure that I could relate to the content of a movie about drugs. But as someone who has seen hundreds of movies over my lifetime, I really enjoyed the movie and felt that it was a really good movie. It grabbed a hold of me right from the start and took me along on a tumultuous journey keeping me involved every moment until the end. I did not experience any 'preaching'. The acting was outstanding as many of the characters came alive believably on the screen. I would highly recommend the experience for any adult person who wants an experience that they will remember and think about.

VolvoMike13

As an older adult I wasn't sure that I could relate to the content of a movie about drugs. But as someone who has seen hundreds of movies over my lifetime, I really enjoyed the movie and felt that it was a really good movie. It grabbed a hold of me right from the start and took me along on a tumultuous journey keeping me involved every moment until the end. I did not experience any 'preaching'. The acting was outstanding as many of the characters came alive believably on the screen. I would highly recommend the experience for any adult person who wants an experience that they will remember and think about.

Paul

good movie that gives you a raw and real feel to the clubbing scene combined with love story

Paul

good movie that gives you a raw and real feel to the clubbing scene combined with love story

jqmedia

A "must see" film not only for entertainment value, but a look into Irvine Welsh's world one may not be familiar with... the heartfelt relationships between the characters hit home. Cinematography and soundtrack with Cold Play, Primal Scream, the Mahones and dance music with Tiesto, Orbital and Bedrock are excellent!

jqmedia

A "must see" film not only for entertainment value, but a look into Irvine Welsh's world one may not be familiar with... the heartfelt relationships between the characters hit home. Cinematography and soundtrack with Cold Play, Primal Scream, the Mahones and dance music with Tiesto, Orbital and Bedrock are excellent!