Spoilers aplenty! Thanks in advance…
- What killed the baby? My first guess would be dehydration. I’ve seen speculation of SIDS, but that would seem to have left the infant facing downward.
- Did the Diane character (Kelly MacDonald) play a larger role in the novel? In the film, the character seems almost pointless. Am I missing anything?
- In the sequence where Renton OD’s, his dealer Swanney drags him down the stairs to the street, calls a cab, throws him into the cab, and then stuffs some cash into his chest pocket. The cabbie takes Renton to the hospital, drags him to the door of the emergency room, and then takes the cash out of his pocket. So, was the cash Swanney left Renton a refund for the bad load? (In which case the cabbie robbed Renton.) Or was that Swanney’s methodology for paying the cab driver?
- Is it reasonable to suggest that Renton’s decision to steal Tommy’s sex tape led to Tommy’s death? The missing tape was the final straw for Tommy’s relationship with Lizzie, leading Tommy to despair, and his decision to try heroin.
- Spud’s girl Gail leaves him alone in her bed to sleep one off. The next morning, Spud awakens to find that he has, um, soiled the bed. Is crapping the bed a known problem for drug addicts?
- Why did Renton steal the drug deal cash from his mates in the final sequence? The voice-over sort of explains it: Begbie was an abusive psychopath; there was no loyalty with Sick Boy, who couldn’t be trusted; only Spud was worthy of loyalty, which Renton repaid in the final moments. I have heard the notion that drug addicts don’t have friends, just other people they do drugs with. So I took the ending to be a commentary on that notion.
- Is the sequel T2 worth watching? Does it have a similar grim tone as the original?
‘Trainspotting’ is an amazing film, and I’m glad I finally saw it. But I don’t think I’ll be watching it again anytime soon. :eek: