Saturday 23 May 2015

Day 24 - Trainspotting

My entire reaction to this movie can be summed up in one word: WHY?

As in: WHY is this considered to be one of the top 250 movies of all time? WHY would anybody want to watch this? WHY would anybody recommend this? WHY was this movie made this way? WHY IS THIS ON THIS LIST?????

But seriously, somebody please explain this to me.


Basically, the whole movie covered some drug (heroine) addicts who were also alcoholics. They went back and forth with trying to get clean (sort of) and had some other random mishaps with dying babies and jail stints and drug deals and real estate schemes.

When a movie could have just as easily been done as a comedy but was meant to be a serious drama... It's just not good. I will say that I do think it gave some real glimpses into the lives of drug addicts which was interesting, especially to a writer like me who's always curious about such things but has no way to learn about such subjects except by performing potentially incriminating Google searches.

It was far from the worst movie I've ever seen, and there were a few scenes that touched me to some degree, but I just don't understand what the criteria are that made someone decide to put it on the list of the top 250 movies of all time.

Anyway, here it is on Amazon:

Also, it was apparently a book first:

Random thought after watching this movie: Addictions are hard. But the thing is, when most people think of addiction, they think of things like drugs and alcohol and sometimes porn. But what most people don't realize is that everybody is addicted to something, but a lot of addictions look really nice so they're just accepted. People are addicted to things like Facebook or Tumblr. People are addicted to sex. People are addicted to being healthy. People are addicted to money. People are addicted to work. People are addicted to the praise and approval of other people. People are addicted to themselves. I have my own addictions. I'm not afraid to admit that there are some things that I am addicted to that I know I shouldn't be, but addictions are strong. In the movie, the main character kept going back for "one more hit" but never stopped at just one. And that's what everyone does. They keep going back for just one last hit, and they think that that one last hit will somehow make getting off easier. But it doesn't. It very rarely is one last thing, because then you just fall right back into addiction. When you decide to walk away, when you see that your addiction is harming you or the people around you, then you have to just walk away. It's simple, but it's most certainly not easy. Rather, it is the hardest thing you will ever do, but it does get better. Over time, you realize that that thing that you were so addicted to wasn't as necessary as you thought. You realize you can live with out it, and that's what you do. You live without it. The real trick is then not replacing it with another addiction.

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