10/04/2013 12:00 | By Simon Thompson, Contributor, MSN Movies

Filth: Movie review

Will Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth be the best film you see this year or the most bizarre?

Filth: Movie review

Release date: October 4
Certificate: 18
Starring:  James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots, Martin Compston
Director: Jon S. Baird

What’s the story?
A bigoted, drug addicted police man with bipolar disorder manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season while trying to solve a murder, get a promotion and win back his wife and daughter.

What did we think?
You may come out of the cinema wanting to just jump in the shower and scrub the nastiness, off but if you’re looking for something different then Filth delivers with conviction and style.

Filth is not a film you will forget in a hurry. It’s also probably not a film to watch with your parents or your Nan. The movie isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. What Filth is though, is bold.

If you have the stomach for it and don’t mind being bombarded with some of the most bizarre images in recent mainstream cinema history, then you will probably think Filth is one of the best films of the year.

"Filth is a visual, audio and mental ordeal that won’t be for everyone"

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Right from the start, Filth doesn’t hold back (however, you’d expect nothing less from a movie based on the novel of the same name by Irvine ‘Trainspotting’ Welsh and directed by Jon S. Baird, the guy behind the controversial 2008 football hooligan movie, Cass.)

Filth comes at you, pretty much right from the start - off its face and with its foul-mouthed guns blazing.

Sex, drugs, drink, violence and profanity are all here in copious amounts splattered in generous helpings throughout the entire film. 

James McAvoy excels as Bruce Robertson, a bent cop on a bender, here giving the kind of performance of a lifetime that harnesses sheer unhinged. Love or hate the movie, you can’t deny that his performance is one of the best you will see in any movie this year.

The film follows Robertson as he lies, cheats, betrays and abuses anyone in his path as he tries to find a killer and simultaneously work out why his wife and daughter left him.

The supporting cast caught up in this tornado of sensory slaps include the stunning and never better Imogen Poots as Robertson's promotion rival Amanda Drummond, the brilliant Jamie Bell as Ray Lennox, Robertson’s buddy in blow and on the beat, and Eddie Marsan as the downtrodden Bladesey, Robertson’s downtrodden best mate and emotional as well as physical punch bag.

Three stars

Verdict: Making Trainspotting look like a kids film, Filth is a visual, audio and mental ordeal that won’t be for everyone but fans of Irvine Welsh will absolutely love it.


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