Filth (2013)

Filth (2013)
Running Time: 97 minutes

Photo Credit: Lionsgate (UK)
Photo Credit: Lionsgate (UK)

Directed by: Jon S. Baird
Starring: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots

Bruce Robertson (McAvoy) is a corrupted and bigoted policemen who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, especially the promotion. Threatened by his aspiring colleagues, Bruce sets to ruin their reputation and ensure that they are not in his way to get his promotion. As he turns the colleagues against one another, Bruce starts to lose himself in the web of lies the he starts to lose control over. His past, family and his drug and alcohol addiction gradually catch up with him. So, can Bruce keep a hold on reality and untangle himself from all the lies and filth?

Filth is perhaps one of the best films of 2013, and James McAvoy’s finest performance thus far. His portrayal of the mentally unstable, corrupted, narrow-minded, and snide yet vulnerable and weak Bruce Robertson was truly a thrill to watch as his character unravels over the course of the film. It was an Oscar-worthy performance. This was accompanied by equally solid performances from Eddie Marsan as the gullible Bladesey, Jamie Bell as the drug addict colleague of Bruce, Ray Lennox and Jim Broadbent as Bruce’s psychiatrist, Dr Rossi.

Photo Credit: Lionsgate (UK)
Photo Credit: Lionsgate (UK)

The film itself was a bold, raw, gritty, dark and comedic film. The cinematography was simple, mostly blue-tinted and helped carried the film along. The film was accompanied by music by Clint Mansell which was a delight and helped to heavily portray the various moments of Bruce’s sanity. The film itself reminded me of the likes of Requiem for a Dream, Taxi Driver and Fight Club.

Overall, Filth is truly a great Scottish film that balanced both the dark and comedic moments, while following a complex character such as Bruce. Highly recommended to those who’s been a fan of Irvine Welsh’s novels, and psychological thriller/crime films.

Rating: 8 out of 10


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