Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy Blu-ray
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Directed by Rob Heydon
Produced in 2011
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - Canadian Film
A twisted indie romantic comedy set in the rave scene of 1990s Edinburgh and based on Irvine Welsh's novella 'The Undefeated', Ecstasy explores the euphoric highs and the devastating lows of a chemical romance.
Lloyd (Adam Sinclair) is on top of the world - beautiful girls, great club sounds, and a never ending supply of the love drug, sustained by a smuggling sideline for the local drug boss Solo. But when he meets Heather (Kristin Kreuk) he is forced to question if the love he feels is real or just another chemical high. As cracks start to appear in his world he realises he wants out. If he can just pull off one last trip for Solo, he will be free. Ecstasy also stars Billy Boyd as DJ and e-prophet Woodsy, cameos from John Digweed and Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, and a pulsing soundtrack from some of the industry's biggest names, including Tiesto, Mark Knight, John Digweed, Coldplay, Orbital and Primal Scream. Irvine Welsh makes a cameo appearance as a Scotland Against Drugs representative.
Length: 99 mins
Format: Blu-ray Colour
Released: 20th August 2012
Cat No: KAL8191
- Director's commentary
- Character Teasers
“Loved it! Great Story”
by PAULLEVINE on 3rd September 2012
This film really touched me with the hard hitting scenes about drug and alcohol abuse, it shows you the real side to the affect people have on ... Read on
This film really touched me with the hard hitting scenes about drug and alcohol abuse, it shows you the real side to the affect people have on their family's and friends. I really emotionally connected to the film with the scene with his dad and his dad drinking and being abusive, yet he still has so much compassion for him and understanding in the relationship ,the bond so strong nothing could come between them. It was so magical as though someone had taking a piece from my life and put it on film. I would recommend this film for everyone to go and watch as I think so many people will connect with the film and see why everyone deserves a second chance.
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.
Director, Rob Heydon captured the clubbing experience amazingly well! The acting was realistic, the actors nailed their characters and the lives of people in the clubbing scene. Having seen the trailer, I immediately was compared Ecstasy to Trainspotting. However, after watching an interview with Irvine Welsh on Vimeo, I understood the the first 20 minutes set up with a nod to Trainspotting, then the love story takes off. This is a different story - A love story, not a buddy film. Some comments on here did not get that this is a different film. The use of Cinema Verite is a nod to the French New Wave and helped bring the audience closer to the characters and experience the story. I felt like I was in the club. There is amazing chemistry between Adam Sinclair (Lloyd) and Kristin Kreuk (Heather). Billy Boyd (Woodsy) is worth the price of admission alone. He is hilarious. Great film !! Hide