DVD Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy

DVD Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy
DVD Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy

Run time: 99 min
Rating: 5.1
Genres: Drama | Romance
Director: Rob Heydon
Writers: Rob Heydon, Ben Tucker
Stars: Adam Sinclair, Kristin Kreuk, Billy Boyd
Small drug smuggler from Scotland is trying to figure out his way through life until he meets beautiful girl from Canada who seeks a change after bad relationship she just got out of it.
Plot Keywords: drugs, male nudity, male sitting on a toilet, casual sex, rave
Country: Canada, UK
Release Date: 20 April 2012 (UK)
Box Office
Budget: CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)


  1. Well…I went to the premier, I felt older and uglier than everyone else there, I had huge expectations due to the Irvine Welsh endorsement of the project, and the knowledge Trainspotting was and is the king of UK indie films , so I was set up for a miserable cold rainy Tuesday evening in South East London and remembering that the last time I walked through the doors of the Ministry of Sound, I only managed to stay in there for about 20 minutes before being ejected..(use your imagination …20 years ago I might add) , added to my fear of another deflated experience at the birth place off Vodka Jellies and Mecca of modern dance music . I took my seat and tucked into the free popcorn. The lights dimmed the film rolled and the music started, my ears pricked and after the 4 beats in a bar huge bass smashed through my eardrums and made my heart beat dance in time with it – I was back in the club on the podium semi naked smiling from ear to ear and chewing my jaw off !!

    I couldn't believe how Rob Heydon has nailed the clubbing experience so well , having seen him on an interview for the film , he comes across as though he'd be better suited to directing a Surbiton church hall adaptation of 'The Good Life ' … how wrong I was , he must have done some serious damage in his day because to interpret to this level of accuracy meant he was there ! The acting was superb, really mature actors nailing their characters , having seen a clip , I immediately was comparing Adam with Ewan Mc Gregor before Adam had even spoke a word , I needn't have bothered , Adam has huge personality that comes across very well , he looks and sounds great and he is quite obviously his own man and made this 'his' film … Another thing that was totally unexpected, in fact 'unexpectedly brilliant' was the cinematography was nothing short of top notch . I hope you like this film, if like me you were there, you can only attest to its accuracy, it walks the fine line well of showing how the drugging club culture does allow colourful imagination and frees the most repressed spirit but like any drug or alcohol fuelled experience the time to pay the piper will come and you can be sure the piper will asked to be paid when your least capable of paying him, Heydon portraits this with the reverence it deserves . Well done great film !!

  2. I was a bit apprehensive about this film as I am a massive fan of Trainspotting and felt it may let the side down. I was fortunate enough to see a pre-screening and this could not be further from the truth, it is a great film in its own right and I recommend that anyone go and see it. I saw it with my girlfriend and she really enjoyed it as well so its not just one for the lads. I enjoyed the way it shows how the tedium of middle class life can go skidding off the rails on a roller-coaster ride. It's refreshing to see a film that deals with relationships/happiness/love that doesn't have Hugh Grant turning the contents of your stomach with lines like "love really is all around"! p.s. Kristin Kreuk…well…enough said

  3. This is a great adaptation based on the book by Irvine Welsh. Although some of the details have changed to work for storytelling, I really enjoyed it. I saw an interview with Irvine Welsh talking about the differences between this and Trainspotting and I had to see it. I saw the film with a large group of friends and we all decided we loved it. Especially Adam and Billy. Billy Boyd is hilarious as Woodsy a nutter who ends up taking too much and going to a mental hospital.

    I loved the music and the love story with Heather. It was totally realistic – like it has happened to friends of mine. It was a wonderfully strange, yet great film. I strongly suggest you see it with friends and see what characters you like best. There are some funny bits and sad parts but overall a great story.

  4. I wasn't sure if I would like the movie as I was a huge fan of Trainspotting and also Welsh's work but it totally blew me away. Hayden's direction manages to convey a real sense of the brutal underworld involved in the drug culture while unfolding the rather unconventional love story at the same time. Great performances from Sinclair and Kreuk but Billy Boyd simply stole the show for me (think Spud from Trainspotting meets Donkey from Shrek).Having read the book I think that Hayden and McCafferty eloquently captured the essence of the book and incorporated some really touching emotional scenes with Lloyd and his dying father, adding a slightly softer side to the movie. I'll be going to see this again and again and predict that it becomes as big a success as Trainspotting.

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