Cook up and tie off—T2, the long-awaited sequel to Danny Boyle’s British black comedy Trainspotting, opens this weekend. Released in 1996, Trainspotting arrived in the U.S. as domestic heroin use was peaking, and its tale of five directionless Edinburgh lads, some of them avid junkies, connected with indie filmgoers like a spike into the main line. No movie ever made me want to do the drug more, not after Boyle married it to the irresistible bomp-bomp-bomp, bomp-bomp-ba-bomp of Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life.” Who could forget the image of young Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) standing alone in his room, eyes shut, smoke in hand, tipping backward in sheer pleasure as the dope washes over him? “Take the best orgasm you ever had, multiply it by a thousand, and you’re still nowhere near it,” he enthuses in one of his frequent voice-overs. Interviewed for a making-of video, Boyle cited this celebration of the drug experience as a virtue of Irvine Welsh’s source novel: “It doesn’t flinch to tell you what can happen to you, but it also tells you how extraordinary these drugs can be.” Continue reading>>