Director: Jon S. Baird
Cast: James McAvoy, Imogen Poots, Eddie Marsan, Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent
Synopsis: Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) wants promotion. He is clearly the best man for the job as the rest of his colleagues (Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, Gary Lewis and Brian McCardie) are just idiots. Annoyingly, there’s been a murder and Bruce’s boss (John Sessions) wants results. No problem for Bruce. He’s in control and if he solves the case and wins this promotion, his estranged wife will return to him…..
James McAvoy gives a ferociously brilliant performance as the dirtiest of dirty cops in this film adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s third novel. Detective Robertson is a bipolar, bigoted, sex obsessed junkie. He can also out-manipulate Machiavelli in duplicity and scheming – he would happily sell his granny and yours.
McAvoy is ably assisted by a stellar ensemble cast including a cameo appearance from David Soul as a bloated taxi driver.
‘Filth’ is a scabrous, visceral, blackest of black comedies which will have your jaw almost permanently dropping.
Yet against all the odds you end up caring about the fate of this memorable tragic anti-hero during this compelling helter skelter ride of a film.
Probably not for fans of Dixon of Dock Green.
Photographs courtesy of Lionsgate Films