Friday, March 30, 2012

Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy

Director: Rob Heydon

Starring: Adam Sinclair, Kristin Kreuk , Billy Boyd

Based on Irvine Welsh’s Ecstacy novel, this Canadian/Scottish movie is an exploration of the drug Ecstasy and the hard-hitting realities of artificial love. Sadly, unlike Trainspotting and Acid House this movie is shite (drab to the extreme). All the more so, because the accents are awful, characterizations poor, plot thin and generally a complete absence of dark humour (a particular strength of Welsh's writing). Oh yes, and the music is unremarkable. Great pity because had they done it better it could have been a retro classic. Lloyd Buist (Adam Sinclair) is an ecstasy drug dealer who likes to party and live life fast and on the edge. Living a glamorous lifestyle on the back of pills mean dealing directly with bad people and crime lord, Solo (Carlo Rota) threatens Lloyd with menace to pay off his debts. Into the mix is thrown Heather (Kristin Kreuk), a fragile innocent who holds her own secrets and Lloyd’s father Jim (Stephen McHattie) coping with depression. Will the anti heroe’s love for Heather be enough to overcome his addiction. Well unfortunately, you will need to see the movie to find out. As they say in Quebec, ‘Aucuns points.’

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