Danny Boyle makes a film that manages to get us to sympathise with a bunch of Scottish heroin addics. It can't be easy to do such a thing. The film is extremely funny at times, bleak at others, but the one emotion that pervades the entire film is hopelessness. Even once Ewan McGregor's character starts to make something of his life, he is still plagued by his old friends and eventually plumets back to his former life as a druggie.
This film should be enough to put anybody off of the drug for the rest of their lives. How can anybody put this stuff into their bodies!? It's beyond me. I don't like to watch this film very often, because of the absolutely scummy surroundings it reminds me of, but Franco Begbie is one character that is worth his weight in pure gold. One of Robert Carlyles only great film roles!