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In a year when most of Hollywood went for brainless "event" films, it was the work of independent filmakers that really triumphed. This one did so more than any other in 1996 (save for John Sayles' Lone Star and the Coen Brothers' Fargo). It follows a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh, Scotland, as they do anything to get high. One group member (Ewan McGregor) is contemplating getting off the drug and choosing the straight path, while his friends, the Sean Connery-obsessed Sick Boy (Hackers Jonny Miller) and the constant screw-up Spud (Ewen Bremner), are attempting a major drug score.

A delicious black comedy in the vein of Pulp Fiction, a great script, live-wire pacing and some great performances by McGregor and crew. Like Drugstore Cowboy, this doesn't preach against drugs, nor does it attempt to glorify them or condone the lifestyle of drug users, especially during the final half hour. Full of hilarious moments and some really sobering ones, it's a little hard to describe what this is like. It can best be described as something like a sucker punch to the solar plexus.

My Rating = Four Stars

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