IRVINE WELSH’S ECSTASY (Rob Heydon). Opens Friday (November 23) at the Projection Booth Metro and East. See Rep Cinema listings. Rating: N
Based on a short story by Irvine Welsh, Ecstasy is yet another movie about junkies in Scotland, but it arrives at least a decade late to the party.
Sixteen years and a few imitators have come and gone since audiences got high on Trainspotting. If the earlier film can be compared to pure MDMA, Rob Heydon's Ecstasy is more like over-the-counter pharmaceuticals being passed off as the real deal.
Adam Sinclair stars as Lloyd, a pill-popping raver and part-time drug mule who makes a meagre attempt to turn his life around after falling for Heather (Kristin Kreuk). She's intoxicated by his affections, but since he's constantly on something, she questions whether his feelings are genuine or chemically induced. The audience won't care since they have zero chemistry together.
Heydon's film fails as a convincing romance or crime picture. This has less to do with the low budget (in terms of production values it does resemble a student film) and more to do with an aimless screenplay that overdoses on clichés.
Heydon pads things out with redundant party scenes that look like the same footage is recycled throughout the movie and location shots that are accelerated by a low frame rate - a gimmick that was exhausted before this movie, and one that should be buried after it.