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Trainspotting : a final hit


Yesterday I was watching Trainspotting on blu-ray and I realized something : every movie I like has a good soundtrack which plays an important role underneath the story. Trainspotting is no exception to that : Like Scorcese and Tarantino, Boyle uses pop songs as rhapsodic mood enhancers, though in his own ravey-hypnotic style. Whether he’s staging a fumbly sex montage to Sleeper‘s version of Atomic or having Renton go cold turkey to the ominous slow build of Underworld‘s Dark and Long. Trainspotting doesn’t have much narrative holding it together. Nor does it really have the dramatic range to cope with such wild extremes. Most of it sticks to the same moderate pitch, with entertainment value enhanced by Mr. Boyle’s savvy use of wide angles, bright colors, attractively clean compositions and a dynamic pop score – was said by an american movie critic.

Anyway, 2 songs for the original soundtrack were memorable in my humble opinion : Underworld’s Dark & Long (although most people would remember Born slippy afterwards) and Leftfield’s A final hit.  The first song played during Mark Renton (played by Ewan Mc Gregor) fight with his heroin addiction : a plethora of his friend appeared while this song enhanced his paranoia. Leftfield’s song played during the last heroin shot Renton gave himself, as if this song had been made for this peculiar scene. In 2004, the film was voted the best Scottish film of all time by the public in a poll for The List magazine. Needless to  say that this soundtrack (Which also features Brian Eno, Iggy Pop and New order) is a must have, especially if you’re looking for a hit..

Underworld : Dark & Long [Dark train mix : 1994]

Leftfield : A final hit [1995]

Categories: Electronica, Pop, Soundtrack
  1. Paul
    July 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Not much narrative & no dramatic range ! You need to try watching it when you’re actually awake, it’s a masterpiece of understated commentary scaling the entire range of the human condition as well as having the black humour throughout.

    It’s all the better for not adhering to the usual Hollywood(en) / American formulaic crap that is fed to US audiences who don’t understand irony and require everything to be sugar coated and nicely wrapped up at the end/

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