Set in 1980’s Edinburgh, Scotland, Danny Boyle’s ‘Trainspotting’ (1996), brings musical dissonance to the film, as the storyline carries a pure lack of harmony yet relayed with many musical tones. Originally adapted from Irvine Welsh’s novel in 1993, the story revolves around a close-knit family of gritty Scottish junkies whose lifestyle is designated towards resisting to the conformance of society through the extended reality of heroin.
Mark Renton, the voice of sanity amongst his friends, decides to start relinquishing heroin in order to save his own life. The inevitable choice of adhering to specific societal standards came into play for Mark as a real estate agent for flats in London.
Endlessly counting the trains that pass by, making an exciting game out of the dullest activities, ‘Trainspotting’, serves as a relevant metaphor to the story, signifying the addictive and compulsive behaviors within the characters that are constantly in a rush due to their phobia of boredom that would manifest itself through the dull life of sobriety.