Saccharine, acidic and bubbling with dark humour, Shallow Grave emulates the grimy horrors of Boyle's Trainspotting while building a stage for three excellently sparky performances.
Boyle's knack for shooting interiors is the star of the show here. Somehow he manages to shoot the apartment, which a majority of the film takes place in, in fresh ways for every scene. It never gets boring as a location. In fact, it seems to evolve, becoming darker, peppered with strangely bleak objects as the story progresses; for instance a rope which hangs like an un-used noose in the centre of the entrance hall.
This film pops with zeal, embracing every horrific choice with glee. While the plot is spread thinly, it's a thoroughly enjoyable watch, especially for those that might need a second trainspotting-esque hit.