Filth (2013)

Director: Jon S. Baird
Starring: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots, Gary Lewis, Brian McCardie, Jim Broadbent, Kate Dickie, Shauna Macdonald .UK. 1h 37m

It seems to have taken the british public a while to regain their footing after Trainspotting hit the big screens, the movie became the voice of a generation, but while Welshe’s entire book collection began flying off the shelves it was a while before another book was transformed from paper to screen. There were a few shorts, a couple of TV movies but after such a success and literally acclaim it baffles why there was such a wait. The original book’s atmosphere and 90’s risque narrative seems pale when released 15 into the future.

So one of the dirtiest and more imaginative books of the 90’s has been turned into a film, surprisingly, despite the age gap from the book it has been cleverly updated in order to still shock its audience but embarrassingly forgets one of the most powerful characters. IrvineW Welsh’s 1998 novel Filth is a provocative and downright tight novel that explodes apart any sensitive reader.

This Little Piggy went to town!

James McAvoy stars as Deteceive Sergeant Bruce Robertson who is the definition of “total bastard”, a bent cop with a lot of issues, who, is up for a promotion and all he has to do is solve one more murder but instead he focuses his energy on fucking up all of the other officers lives to ensure he gets that promotion. It’s really strange watching McAvoy switch from the loveable Professor X and all the other adorable charactes he played from Mr Tumnis etc, into a totaly cunt, but his charater shift is well deserved and further proof of his dynamic ablities, but while he’s a major manipulative, scheming, racist, addictied mysogynistic fuck who does everything from spike drinks, fuck wives and even makes a wee boy cry, he’s also quite vunerable.

A million miles away from Trainspotting, all of the players in his film have jobs, careers and are upstanding citizens but they are just as much disposable as the addicts and the rivalries are just as much hard work on them. Filth blends a lot of incredibly sleezy bizarre stories, complete with brutality, scesh heads, and kinky sex encounters, had a blisteringly strange ways of dealing with a very real murder inquriy. The book version, on the other hand, has one significant character, a tapeworm, the only sober character who is able to get inside of Detective Robinson and once it regains some kind of self it recalls his past and true feeling to the reader it’s a brilliant twist which could have.. should have made it into the movie.

Sometimes it takes a wrongdoer to show you when you are doing wrong.

The director, Jon S. Baird, once made a couple of brilliant films all centered around football hooliganism, mainly Green Street and Cass, and while they and filth are all incredible in their own rights, it’s the imaginative surreal moments that give filth it’s flavor and really highlight the manial mental descent of the most hated main characters in a British film for a long time.. but with a brilliant story, a host of amazingly talented cast and lots of lovely ladies for Robertson to debass the film lives up to its name. Bairds attentiveness to the surface and visual side of this story has made it into a hot favorite but I can’t forgive him for excluding the tapeworm known as The Self.


Rating: 7/10

Related:Trainspotting (1996), Trancers (1984),
Lists: British Cop Films
Spotlight: James MaCovy, Eddie Marsan


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