Filth Delivers On Title Promise


Having seen its trailer and read a synopsis of the book I had an idea what to expect heading into Filth, however I can only compare it to ordering vinegar with my chips and them instead being covered in gasoline and I mean that in the best way possible. Filth takes us into the drug, alcohol and sex filled world of corrupt cop Bruce Robertson played by the talented Mr James McAvoy.

For years I have said two things about McAvoy: (1) Hes an actor who gives great and grounded performances. (2) In all his interviews he is distinctly more charismatic, engaging and an all round show man than he appears on film. Since making these two observations I have patiently waited for McAvoy to land a role that would allow him to shift from the subtle acting he does so well and take on a much louder and dynamic character. In Bruce Robertson we get this character and McAvoy delivers all I wanted and more. McAvoy completely transforms into a messiah for degenerates while fluctuating between prismatic and pitiful throughout the 97 minutes. The success of this film was always going to hinge on his portrayal of Robertson and McAvoy succeeded in making Filth one of the most unique experiences I have had at the cinema.

I’m positive this movie is going to polarize audiences but for those who like gritty, provocative and in your face films, Filth is a real gem and I suspect will gather a loyal cult fan-base in the years to come. Its fast pace and visuals takes the audience member and firmly plants them right in the middle of Robertson’s mental anguish, taking us on a similar roller coaster of extreme emotions to that of our lead. A gripping story which will take a few days to work out of your system, probably not a film for date night but if you enjoyed films such as Fight Club, Bronson and most appropriately Bad Lieutenant (the Harvey Keitel version) this is a film you need to watch.

Rating: 8.5/10

  1. I agree completely, an excellent and refreshing piece of cinema anchored by McAvoy at his most compelling, repulsive and entertaining best.

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