Film Review: Filth


Filth may not be quite what viewers expect if they have seen the trailer. Nonetheless, the film offers something better.

Scheming policeman Bruce Robertson is in line for a promotion. Unscrupulous Bruce will stop at nothing to achieve his aim, undermining his rival colleagues at any opportunity. Tasked with leading the investigation on a murder case, Bruce starts to unravel…

Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, Filth lives up to its title. There is a real seediness to the film, both thematically and visually. The lighting, sets and costumes create a murky world.

Jon S. Baird’s film excels in flipping genres. Filth begins as a comedy, albeit a black one, and shifts into a much darker drama. The beauty lies in the subtlety of this shift; it is carefully crafted so that the audience do not see it coming.

Bruce is a marvellously well drawn character. He is a captivating protagonist. At first it seems as if the film will concern his scheming but it descends into something darker.

The film is vulgar at times, but humour hits the mark. As a psychological study, Filth fluctuates from grim reality to subversive nightmare. The parallels its protagonist in terms of the freneticism and disjointedness.

James McAvoy delivers a powerful performance as Bruce. It is the strength of his portrayal which carries the film. McAvoy really is excellent in the role; he looks the part as well as conveying the character’s mental state effectively. He comes across as authentic when depicting all sides to the character. Eddie Marsan also delivers a star turn as Bruce’s straight-laced friend from the lodge.

The film’s soundtrack is retro but fitting. Paired with the on-screen action, upbeat songs are given a dark spin. Filth offers a tenebrous journey. Nonetheless, it is a most memorable journey at that.

Stuff To Look At

Plenty of film-related goodness this week, with the new Frozen poster, trailers for Seventh Son and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and more…


Frozen poster

Here is the new Frozen poster, Disney’s upcoming animated feature. It really does not give too much away. Frozen centres on Anna, who sets off on an epic journey to find her sister. Frozen is set for release in the UK on 6th December 2013.

Seventh Son

From the first few seconds of this trailer, I could tell that I’m going to love Julianne Moore’s character in this film. Seventh Son is a fantasy action about a war between mankind and supernatural forces. The film is set for release in February 2014.

Mr Peabody & Sherman

Mr Peabody & Sherman poster

There’s an upcoming film featuring a talking dog and I wasn’t aware? Sacre bleu! Mr Peabody & Sherman is a comedy adventure about a dog and his ‘pet’ boy. This alone makes it a must-see film. Mr Peabody & Sherman is due to be released in 2014.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire is being released later this year. The trailer promises more brutality. The film follows on from the events of the first instalment. The final part is surely not too far away. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be released in UK cinemas on 21st November 2013.

Saving Mr Banks

Saving Mr Banks poster

Who is Mr Banks and why does he need to be saved? Well this poster does not reveal this, although I love the shadows cast in it. Saving Mr Banks tells the story of how Mary Poppins made it to the screen. Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, Saving Mr Banks is due for release later this year.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Celebrating his 95th birthday last week, it seems apt that a biopic is soon due for release. Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom stars Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela and Naomie Harris as his wife Winnie. The film will be released in UK cinemas on 3rd January 2014.


Here is the latest trailer for Filth, which promises to be so much ruder than the trailer will allow. Based on Irvine Welsh’s novel, Filth is released in Scotland on 27th September and the rest of the UK on 4th October 2013.

Stuff To Look At

This week we have a clip from Pain & Gain, the Lovelace trailer, the Pacific Rim vault and the trailer for Filth

Pain & Gain

I know American audiences saw the film a lifetime ago, but I am super excited to see Pain & Gain. Marky Mark, The Rock, the 90s setting! Above is a clip from the film. Pain & Gain hits UK screens on 30th August 2013.

Pacific Rim 

Pacific Rim Poster

For the release of Pacific Rim on Friday, a vault of film-related treats has been compiled. The vault, which features clips, vlogs, and information on the various Jaegers, can be viewed here. I noticed there isn’t a robot shaped like a unicorn though. Something to think about, Guillermo del Toro.


Here is the first Lovelace trailer. The film stars Amanda Seyfried as infamous porn star Linda Lovelace. The trailer is a 1970s overload. Not least Chloë Sevigny’s hair. Given the setting and topic, Lovelace will face the inevitable comparisons to Boogie Nights. We’ll see how it does when the film is released on 23rd August 2013.


Filth is the new film based on Irvine Welsh’s novel. The film stars James McAvoy as a corrupt policeman who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Filth is released in Scottish cinemas on 27th September 2013, and in the rest of the UK on 4th October 2013.