A Synopsis of “trainspotting”

Heroin is among the most potent or “hardest” drugs that an addict could use or take. It is a powerful opiate pain killer that produces euphoria and blissful passiveness. Long-term heroin addiction is also associated with difficult withdrawal symptoms and separation anxiety. Heroin is taken through injected doses, smoking, or by sniffing.

“Trainspotting” is a very interesting movie about the effects and dangers of heroin abuse.  The 1996 movie based on a novel was directed by Danny Boyle and starred in by Ewan McGregor. The movie depicts the desperate lives of the heroin addicts who finance their drug habit through shoplifting and getting money from their parents.  The movie also shows the “rollercoaster” life of heroin addicts who repeatedly swear to end their addiction only to find themselves again at the mercy of the local drug dealer.

Aside from the characters who are “hooked” on heroin, the film also shows the difficulties of other characters named Tommy and Begbie who do not take drugs but still lead troubled lives. Tommy is more fond of football and girls, while Begbie is a violent drunkard.

In one scene, the group of friends again engage in a heroin “session,” this time, with a female friend.  As the group drift away from “reality” due to the psychotropic effects of the narcotic, they also lose all sense of responsibility for their actions. After the effects of the “hit” wear off, they were shocked to find the baby dead and rotting in her crib. The heroin addicts were so “out of touch” that they eventually neglected to feed and care for the baby.  Naturally, the mother of the baby suffered from extreme separation anxiety  and grief after losing the baby. The death of the baby was an eye-opener for the group of friends and made them consider quitting their addiction.

Renton, the character portrayed by Ewan McGregor, tried so hard to “get clean” and leave behind his friends and his heroin addiction. Unfortunately, he got an overdose during his self-proclaimed “one last hit” of heroin.  After the overdose incident, he was forced by his parents to quit heroin, “cold turkey.”  Renton was locked up at home and suffered severe withdrawal symptoms. He again experience separation anxiety since he was forcibly separated from this heroin-addicted gang.  In numerous moments of hallucination, he was bothered by depressive thoughts, guilt, and shame.  Specifically, he was very troubled by the death of the baby during one of their heroin sessions.  As a means to start a new life, he reluctantly agreed to making a heroin transaction with his friends.  The profits from the sale of the illegal narcotic was supposed to be split among them. Instead, Renton was able to run away with most of the money.  His friends spiraled down back to their heroin addiction. The film ends by showing how Renton finally gave up his friends and his addiction by moving to London. In the city, he sought to find a new life far away from his petty thievery and heroin-dependent lifestyle.   In London, he wanted to make a fresh start and take the opportunity to “choose life.”

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14 Responses to “A Synopsis of “trainspotting””

  • shulsey84:


  • kevin950523moviesHD:

    I would tap dat

  • BeastySteez:

    Smooth Runnin’ Bitch/


    @MegLuvzLife – I think we agree almost completely. I don’t drink at all either and take your point about ALL the drugs coming from plants. I just meant the chemicals are what make the horrid street drugs so deadly. Will smoke one in your honor Sister – Peace.

  • MegLuvzLife:

    @PRETALIATION -First of all I am not against weed. I do NOT drink at ALL.I feel drinking is JUST as bad,even worse than the other substances.I speak out of personal experience.I feel it(weed) can actually help some in important and different ways. I am against putting addicts in jail/prison w out trying to help them first.Like with treatment and possibly even therapy. I’m not anti-canabis in any way…I smoke too. I was just saying that the other drugs come from plants too,just r processed.


    @MegLuvzLife – KEY WORD IS PROCESSING – Chemicals galore are added to both substances to make street drugs. Cannabis is NOT the same as coke and dope. I hope you don’t drink alcohol – AT ALL but you probably do like most anti-cannabis wackos who think people should be jailed over it.

  • MegLuvzLife:

    Dr.Phil is a fucking moron cuz throwing her in jail probaly will NOT help her in any way! She will still be an addict w out treatment and will 99.9% FAIL without the treatment and just end up right back in jail! Fucking moron he is!Who does he think he is? GOD?He has this all wrong!He wants to use scare tactics for ratings but that is not going to help her!Probaly just making her wanna get high AGAIN to avoid this feeling he is creating in her!

  • MegLuvzLife:

    @PRETALIATION -Cocaine and heroin come from the processing of PLANT materials!

  • MegLuvzLife:

    @kimberlymarie21990 -That is complete BS that rehabs r only for the rich! I have been to rehab more than twice and I am NOT rich by any means what so ever!I also have a doctor(for my psych meds,as I am BiPolar) and therapist that the STATE pays for(I’m on Disability) cuz I can not afford it on my own. I receive the SAME treatment as the “rich”. And I am sober and doing great! Guess what?-I did not pay one penny for my treatment! You just have to search out for references and such!

  • pajamagirl123:

    @eldavido761 what was the point of you even replying?

  • eldavido761:

    @pajamagirl123 an addict. no shit

  • miketombrown2:

    “i’m like a dog with a bone” Perv

  • softhing:

    These dam white fiends get so much respect in america it rediculous! This type of dedication should be availible to all american of any race who are drug fanatics this is crazy!!!!!!!!!!!


    @niaza666 AGREED – Point being ?