Review: Filth

Review: Filth

Review: Filth

I remember my good friend Damon (@MrHague777) and BBC (Black Belt Caz) aka Caz (@Caroline274) both telling me that they were disturbed by this film so with their recommendations still ringing in my ears, I went along to @DerbyQUAD to see for myself what all the talk was about…


A little bit of background about me. Growing up I didn’t do illegal narcotics. My M.O. was beating people up and making their lives miserable. I knew that if I hadn’t changed my life at 19 then I would have ended up in the “Birth/Marriages/Deaths” section and you don’t need to be Judge Judy to know which one of the 3 categories mentioned I would have fallen into…

Enough digressing even though it is relevant, on with the movie…

Filth is a 2013 British crime comedy-drama film, written and directed by Jon S. Baird, based on Irvine Welsh’s novel of the same name. It was released in Scotland on 27 September 2013 and was released in the rest of Britain and Ireland on 4 October 2013.

James-McAvoy-HQ-ShootBruce Robertson (James McAvoy) is a Detective Sergeant in Edinburgh. Let me try and describe him for you. Ok, he’s a scheming, manipulative, misanthropic man who spends his time indulging in drugs, alcohol, sexually abusive relationships, and the games – his euphemism for the myriad foul plots he hatches directed at workmates.

Robertson also delights in systematically bullying and taking advantage of his mild mannered friend Clifford Blades (Eddie Marsan), a member of Robertson’s Masonic lodge whose wife he repeatedly prank calls and harasses as part of one of his elaborate games

Eddie-Marsan-interview-007To totally understand this deprived character you need to understand a certain word I mentioned previously and that word is Misanthropic which means “the general hatred, distrust or disdain of the human species or human nature.” A misanthrope or misanthropist is someone who holds such views or feelings. The word’s origin is from Greek words μῖσος (misos, hatred) and ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos, man, human).

So from the above definition you see what type of man we are talking about.
The film starts with the Detective Inspector sitting around a room with other candidates who are all in the frame to receive the promotion. Detective Robertson whole aim is to be Detective Inspector by Any means necessary, why? Because this position will (in his own logic) get him is wife and daughter back.
Filth film stillNow this is a film with an adult certificate and it is definitely adult themed and very, very hard to watch. The main character played by McAvoy is the darkest of dark people who clearly lacks quality friends and is a tragic figure which made me realise that he was living through a breakdown and that in my work of counselling people, I have met individuals like this and their friends are oblivious to their emotional state.

Do watch this film if you want to know how to help a person/friend who maybe behaving strangely and needs your support, however avoid if you think you’re going to be watching a comedy because seriously, this isn’t…

An amazing performance by James McAvoy and in a fair world he will receive the highest awards for this. It’s an outstanding, thought provoking masterpiece but if easily offended or do not like watching scummy real life drama’s then Do not watch this!

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