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  • Rate: 7.5/10 total 4,009 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: 3 October 2013 (Hungary)
  • Runtime: 97 min
  • Filming Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Budget: $5,000,000 (estimated)
  • Director: Jon S. Baird
  • Stars: James McAvoy, Imogen Poots, Jamie Bell | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Clint Mansell   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Singing In A Car | One Word Title | Irvine Welsh | Corrupt Cop | Masturbation

Filth (2013) Writing Credits By:

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  • Jon S. Baird  screenplay
  • Irvine Welsh  novel

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  • David Tennant was offered and initially accepted the role of Peter Inglis, but had to drop out when filming dates changed, as the new filming dates clashed with his other contractual obligations. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The room that Bruce has consultations with his doctor in is very similar to the room from 2001: A Space Odyssey as seen in the poster in Toal’s office. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • One of the singers in the back of David Soul’s car during Silver Lady, is his daughter, actress China Soul. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • In the first draft of the car singing scene the song was originally ‘I Wanna Know What Love Is’ by Foreigner. Irvine Welsh chose ‘Silver Lady’ as it’s a karaoke favourite. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |

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Goofs: Factual errors: While on holiday in Hamburg, Bladesey reads from his guidebook and tells Bruce that modern Germany has been in existence since 1865. The unification of Germany actually took place in 1871.

Filth (2013) Plot: A bipolar, bigoted junkie cop manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter. Full summary » |  »

Filth (2013) Story: Scheming Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox (Jamie Bell), Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control. His past is slowly catching up with him, and a missing wife, a crippling drug habit and suspicious colleagues start to take their toll on his sanity. The question is: can he keep his grip on reality long enough to disentangle himself from the filth? Written byLionsgate UK

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  • Christian Angermayer known as producer
  • Jessica Ask known as co-producer
  • Guy Avshalom known as executive producer
  • Jon S. Baird known as producer
  • Christopher Billows known as associate producer
  • Jane l Bruce known as executive producer
  • Charles E. Bush Jr. known as executive producer
  • Will Clarke known as producer
  • Mohammed Hans Dastmaltchi known as executive producer
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  • Ralph Dietrich known as executive producer
  • Ralph S. Dietrich known as executive producer
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  • Celine Rattray known as producer
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  • Jan-Pierre Valentini known as executive producer
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  • James McAvoy known as Bruce Robertson
  • Imogen Poots known as Amanda Drummond
  • Jamie Bell known as Ray Lennox
  • Emun Elliott known as Peter Inglis
  • Joanne Froggatt known as Mary
  • Iain De Caestecker known as Ocky
  • Jim Broadbent known as Dr. Rossi
  • Shirley Henderson known as Bunty
  • Eddie Marsan known as Bladesey
  • Natasha O'Keeffe known as Anna
  • Pollyanna McIntosh known as Size Queen
  • Martin Compston known as Gorman
  • Shauna Macdonald known as Carole Robertson
  • David Soul known as Punter
  • Kate Dickie known as Chrissie
  • Ron Donachie known as Hector
  • Gary Lewis known as Gus Bain
  • Tracy Ann Oberman known as Diana (as Tracy-Ann Oberman)
  • John Sessions known as Bob Toal
  • Joy McAvoy known as Estelle
  • Brian McCardie known as Dougie Gillman
  • Jordan Young known as Lexo
  • Lauren Maddox known as Posh Lady
  • Robin Laing known as Rent boy
  • Bobby Rainsbury known as Stephanie Donaldson
  • Mitchell Mullen known as Bobby
  • Sanjeev Kohli known as Sunil
  • Jonathan Watson known as Uniformed Policeman
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  • Michael Moreland known as Tramp
  • Neil D'Souza known as Anil
  • Jodie Mccallum known as Dealer's Girlfriend
  • Colin Healy known as Colin
  • Edwards Lewis known as Dwarf
  • Chris Cameron known as Skanky Dealer
  • Tony Donachy known as Drug Dealer #2
  • Craig Garner known as Dwarf (uncredited)
  • Christian Kinell known as Airplane passanger (uncredited)
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  • Louise Drake known as prop buyer: Sweden
  • Jake Drummond known as carpenter
  • Jim Elliott known as standby props
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  1. TheSquiss says:

    Mister Tumnus, I've a feeling we're not in Narnia any more…

    Think you know James McAvoy? Think again. His performance in Jon S.Baird's adaptation of Irving Welsh's Filth is astounding and there isnothing sweet or fluffy about it or any other aspect of the film. Filthis very funny, very wrong, very sordid and very likely to incite hatredfrom Daily Mail readers across the land. Sex, drugs, more sex, moredrugs, violence, corruption, depravity, even more sex and drugs… Filthis absolutely, well, filthy, and is a memorable experience to say theleast.

    My companion for the screening, Bag, made two comments that stood outpost-screening. The first I agree with entirely: "With the thousands offilms I've seen over the years, this is the first one I've come out ofwishing that I'd made it." The second, that it was a film to appreciaterather than enjoy, I'm going dispute. Call me debauched, immoral andtwisted, but I enjoyed every last nanosecond of Filth.

    But that's not to say it is always easy viewing. Far from it. Sometimeafter the midway point the laughs die down, the stomach churns a littlemore uneasily, the grimaces are more evident and the intakes of breathare more audible. We are less willing to forgive but, like the carcrash up ahead that has caused all the drivers in front to rubber-neck,well, just one long look as we pass can't hurt, can it?

    Bruce Robertson (McAvoy) is a bigot. He's bi-polar, a junkie,sex-obsessed, self-obsessed, manipulative and frequently thoroughlyunpleasant. He's also a cop. With a promotion in the balance, Bruce isup against several colleagues and sets about turning one against theother, unsettling them with salacious gossip and blatant lies to ensurehe beats them to the post. Throw in his manipulation of fellowfreemason Bladesey (Eddie Marsan), his sultry wife, Carole (ShaunaMacDonald) and his hallucinatory sessions with Doctor Rossi (JimBroadbent) and you have one monumentally screwed up anti-hero. Andwhat's not to love about that?

    The Cohen brothers may have the monopoly on fantastic character names,but nobody writes actual characters like Welsh and the cast that Bairdhas poured into Filth is staggeringly good in their interpretation ofthis mess of freaks and misfits. There isn't a poor performance in theentire film from the uncertain laddishness of Ray (Jamie Bell) to thefantastic absurdity of Doctor Rossi. While none are bona fide Hollywoodstars, the cast that glitters in a maniacal, dirty way is a treatbeyond expectation: Imogen Poots, Shirley Henderson, Gary Lewis (yes,Billy Elliott and his dad are reunited at last!), John Sessions, JoanneFroggatt…

    Filth is a perfectly paced film; it roars ahead stirring emotions andjudgment, exciting and thrilling as it trashes everything in its wakebut it is never so fast that we feel left behind or that we've missedout on a juicy morsel of degeneracy. Sufficient time is allowed for usto filter through, as best we can, the quagmire that is Bruce's life,but Baird never pauses or permits us time to glance at our watch orneighbour.

    The soundtrack, too, is bang on the money stamping though a musicallandscape that is at times acceptably cheesy and more often a reminderof what to check is on the iPod. Where else can you effortlessly seguefrom David Soul into Shaking' Stevens? While the latter is consigned toaudio wallpaper, the bizarrely fantastic cameo from David Soul is adelight. Had Dennis Potter snorted cocaine Pennies From Heaven mighthave resembled this.

    Yes, there are elements of Welsh's novel that are missing (no policedogs here…) from Filth but there always have to be excisions for filmadaptations and there's no reason, in this instance at least, to markdown a film for that. No, Filth is superb and as near to perfect asI've seen for many months (since Broken and Trance).

    If the trailer excited you, take the plunge. If you're a nun, a granny,my mother, or lack a strong stomach and nurture your prudishness, takea very long, very fast walk in the direction of something much safer.Dixon of Dock Green this ain't!

    If you look in the mirror and see something slightly off-kiltergrinning back, however…

    For more reviews from The Squiss, subscribe to my blog and like theFacebook page.

  2. DjangoLand from United Kingdom says:

    I left the cinema speechless; i normally try to critique and discussthe film straight after, but i was speechless. It was the craziest filmi have seen in a long time. It takes boundaries and tells them to f***off. There are no restrictions with this film. There is brutality,sexism, racism, oppression, homophobia. It is polluted with prejudice.But i thought it was a great film. Am i part of those worldly problems?No. But let's face it, this is unfortunately the way the world is andall this film is doing is showing you just how filthy this world canbe.

    James McAvoy is a revelation as Detective Bruce Robertson; i reallydidn't see all the fuss with him. Yes he was good in "The Last King ofScotland", but the rest of the films i just couldn't match the hype tothe actor, then i went to see "Trance" and i was blown away by hisperformance. And if it weren't for seeing that i probably wouldn't havebeen half as eager to see this. Because he showed the ability toportray more than one character in a film; someone who is both fragileand unstable. With "Filth" he excels beyond that and gives his bestshowing of his young career. He conveys every emotion, from bitterness,to regret, to sadness, to rage, to insanity and he conveys themextremely convincingly. It is a masterclass of acting.

    Some may be easily offended, and if you are usually like that, i wouldavoid seeing the film. But if you want to face the World and itsobvious problems head on (in the form of a film) then it is anoutstanding film to do so.

  3. James Williams from Wales says:

    I had such high hopes for this movie after seeing some of the mostintriguing trailers I've ever seen. I was not disappointed what soever.

    I liked this title so much I would actually fit it into my top 10 ofall time.

    Without spoiling much for anyone, it really is filth. The moviedefinitely earns its 18 rating because at times, it is quite literallyhardcore pornography.

    Bruce is one of the most complex characters I've ever seen in a movie.It took a while to decipher exactly what was going wrong with him, butit because clear by the end.

    I want to make it clear to people going into this movie what theyshould expect. Expect a lot of violence, a lot of swearing, pornography& masturbation, depression and mental illness. It's a movie for thosewho don't get offended very easily.

    In summary, this movie will make you laugh, it'll make you cringe &it'll make you happy. The overall feeling at the end though, is thatyou're watching a man lose his mind, & you see his depression take overhis body in many different ways.

    I'm giving it 10/10 because I thought everything about it was soperfectly done. It achieved exactly what it set out to do, it achievedutter filth.

  4. Denise Ryan from United Kingdom says:

    Probably my favourite film of 2013 so far. Gripping all the waythrough, with all the aspects you need from a feature length film. Yes,it has the obvious overtone of 'filth', but it's not at all in itsnature… it's humorous and very touching at times. I think the castingis brilliant and I have a new found respect for James McAvoy, who inprevious films I have found to be almost nondescript. He shines here,brighter than most Oscar winning performers I've seen. Ray Donovan'sEddie Marson is also fantastic in his role, so well cast – he's funnyand warm in such a subtle way. This is not one of those situations whensomeone can rightly say 'the book is better' – I think the job has beendone so well of adapting it into film format that the book is notbetter at all, just a different experience. It is honestly a film Iwant to see again. I think an instant classic, not filthy at all, butpure class.

  5. Ole Bialas from Germany says:

    If you are a friend of funny, thrilling and bizarre movies, you'regonna love this one! First of all, this movie manages to surprise youagain and again till the end. It switches between funny, dramatic andthrilling elements. James McAvoy gives an amazing performance (by farthe best I've seen from him) as the funny, manipulative, sick,drug-addicted, broken, Cop and manages to portrait every aspect of thecharacter. Another piece of awesome acting is delivered by JimBroadbent who plays his psychologist. The dialogues between him andJames McAvoy are just amazing! The rest of the cast is also decent andthe characters are all very special in a refreshing way. The only badthing i can mention about this movie is, that it has some (but small)longueurs. I can recommend it to everyone who likes movies of this kindand has no problem with movies containing a lot of sex, drugs andf*cked up moments :)

  6. Sam Lynn from United Kingdom says:

    There is no other way that I could describe this film. It is filledwith some of the most crazy and strange scenes that I have seen infilm. There was weird sex, masturbating, murder, drugs. Pretty mucheverything offensive that you could think of is in this film.

    It made me laugh, cringe and frown at some of the ridiculous stuff thathappened in it.

    Deep in the storyline though, was an utterly captivating, yet tragicstory of a man loosing his mind to drugs, mental illness and grief. Inmany ways it was this that made the film all the more shocking, butbrilliant at the same time.

    I came out of the theatre speechless, I had no idea what to make of itor think. Now I have thought about it, I can see how good it reallywas.

    James McAvoy gave a perfect performance in the lead role. Everythingabout the character that he portrayed was realistic, and I could feelthe emotion coming out of him throughout his descent into madness.

    This film is not for the faint of heart or easily disturbed, but if youcan deal with the weird and wacky, then you are going to love it.

  7. Daniel Elford from United Kingdom says:

    We have had a few fairly unremarkable adaptations of Scottish novelistIrvine Welsh's books, supporting the notion that with the one exceptionof Danny Boyle's phenomenal 'Trainspotting', his material remainspretty much impossible to put on the screen. Indeed, 'Trainspotting'itself was not a direct adaption as such, but rather an extrapolationof bits and pieces of it to make a cohesive narrative. In the Welshlore, 'Filth' is put up there as one of the most difficult, and so itis with great surprise that Jon Baird's take on the book is not only agood piece of work, but also perhaps one of the most accomplished filmsof 2013!

    Our protagonist, as is so often the case with Welsh, is not a person wewould choose to meet. Detective Sargent Bruce Robertson ismean-spirited, racist, sexist, aggressive, vindictive, with apsychiatric disorder and a bitter past that won't let him rest, whichhe seems most happy to appease with a regular cocktail of drink,cocaine and sexual debauchery behind his colleagues' and family's back.Manipulative and out for himself, Bruce has a plan to appear to besolving the case of a murdered local resident, whilst playing all hiscolleagues off one another with a view to clearing an easy path for hisown promotion to Chief Detective.

    There are plenty of treats strewn through 'Filth', little cameos,smart, snappy dialogue, great jokes and wonderful performances from thelikes of the ever versatile Jim Broadbent and Eddie Marsan. A subtle,schizophrenic soundtrack underscores so well the dark, cesspit natureof the journey the character is on, it raises the question, again, asto whether Clint Mansell will ever do wrong? The whole thing is shotwith a seemingly intentional recklessness; an abandonment of sharpediting and an embrace of a sloppy, rough-around-the edges, almostunfocused approach make a film that feels as disgusting as the vomitspewing from character's mouths, both figuratively and, at times,literally!

    The star here, however, is James MacEvoy. There has been much saidabout his performance being an Oscar courting one; whilst there is noguarantee of that, I am confident in saying this is a career-best fromhim, and this cannot be overstated. Welsh has said he thinks MacEvoy is"better than De Niro in Taxi Driver", and whilst I do not know if Iagree with that, we can certainly understand the comparison. MacEvoy isnot a man one might immediately cast in this role, and so it makes itall the more impressive when we watch a performance that simultaneouslykeeps us at a distance and pulls us close; the actor manages to becompletely vile, and yet convince us with an equal conviction that heis a man with a buried and forgotten heart that used to pump warmth; Ihave not seen this level of complexity so well delivered since PeterMullan in 'Tyrannosaur'. Scabrous, nasty, cold and angry, yet obviouslyvulnerable and lost, this is a perfectly balanced, well-roundedperformance, and MacEvoy is perhaps most impressive when he is beingeverything at once! In one such scene, he says, "I used to be good atthis job," which could well sum up Robertson's rather sad arc. Whateveryour final take on him, we get a complete human being, and not one weever feel the desire to condemn, despite all his awfulness.

    In the face of common opinion that it simply wouldn't work, and afteryears of development, 'Filth' turns out to be a near masterpiece, whoserecognition as such is only made less likely by the inevitablecomparison with 'Trainspotting'. It is a ballsy adaption of a hugelyadmired novel, as unpredictable as its central character and chargedwith the vitriolic energy of the author's writing. A well balancedjuggling act of tones; in lesser hands this would have been a mess! Itis not always a pleasant watch, but like the central character, itfinds its way to a strange, engaging and even rather emotionalresolution. Whilst there is likely to be a good forty percent of casualviewers who are left completely cold, the remaining will see asuccessful, proudly Scottish film that is by turns dark, shocking,comical and moving, which also goes out on an incredibly catchy andsurprisingly fitting 70's hit!

    'Filth' is the film we would hail as the Irvive Welsh-penned grenade ofBritish cinema, if only Danny Boyle had not got there first.

  8. rooee from United Kingdom says:

    This is another film adaptation of an Irvine Welsh novel that wasreferred to as "unfilmable", although when reading the book when itfirst came out I for one was struck by the tightness of the narrativeand the cinema-friendly focus on a single protagonist.

    The antihero in question is Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a dodgycopper trying to make the most of a promotion opportunity by ruininghis rivals through a series of cruel intricate schemes. Meanwhile, hismind is deteriorating, and he's haunted by flashbacks, waking dreams,and humanoid livestock. The film is fairly faithful to the source, andthe changes (including some understandably blunted edges) are down tothe different artform.

    Irvine Welsh has said that McAvoy's performance is better than DeNiro's in Taxi Driver. I don't think this is a suitable comparison.Scorsese's seminal feature was about a post-traumatic depression,whereas Jon S. Baird's film is more manic. For me, the film Filth mostresembles is A Clockwork Orange. Like Kubrick's masterpiece, the entireaesthetic is informed by the subjectivity of the central character. Andthere are subtler nods: the use of classical music, the bleachedwindows, Jim Broadbent's reinvention of the Deltoid character (aprobation officer then, a psychiatrist now), and the visual referenceto 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    Before the film's release, I wasn't convinced by the casting of McAvoy,but after watching it I can safely say he's transformative – to capturesuch bipolar savagery and the fear in a single facial expression is thesign of a special performance. The supporting cast provides a colourfulblend of caricatures. Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan and Imogen Poots allmake an impact in the few moments when McAvoy isn't dominating thescreen.

    For me, the dud notes concern the tone of the film. Sometimes Baird'sshifts between the schizoid black comedy of Robertson's outbursts andhis introspective guilt about his past are so sudden and sentimentalthat their capacity to convince is lost in the (lack of) transition.Part of this is down to Clint Mansell's disappointingly soft score,whose tinkly piano and lifeless strings often feel incongruous, moreawkward than deliberate.

    But these minor issues don't detract from a powerful, funny, andfinally moving depiction of mental disintegration. To say that it's thebest Welsh adaptation since Trainspotting may not be saying much – soI'll say instead that it's a very good film in its own right.

  9. cinematic_aficionado (cinematokrisis@gmail.com) from London, England says:

    Inside the mind of a sex & drug addict policeman. His addictions are sodeeply rooted in his personhood that they have entirely taken over hislife and are the driving force in everything he does or does not do.Addiction means there's never enough and in his case drugs or sex.

    This could have easily been a docudrama, instead it is a crime/comedywith a bit of drama. McAvoy is simply superb as the central mad heroand we undergo with a him a binging trip in corruption and debaucherywhere everyone in his life become objects he comes to use for his owngratification.

    Despite the comic element being the one that has the most gravity, weget to see the torment that haunts addicted people and he too is atormented man and his actions are a smokescreen of his anguish with hisrefusal to get hep only adding to his misery.

    Quirky, fast paced and fun this is one heck of a mind trip.

  10. Sergio Campanale from United Kingdom says:

    Irvine Welsh is the Scottish writer whose works are noted for theirwillingness to examine the darkest, dirtiest corners of his nativeScotland, of society, and the human soul itself. His best known work isstill the Heroin addiction chronicle "Trainspotting", which became acult item back in 1996 and launched many film careers. Another of hismost famed works was 1998's "Filth", which became one of those "mustfilm but how the Hell can you?" projects, and now finally arriveshelmed by newcomer Jon S. Baird and starring the cream of Scottish andUK talent.

    Playing like some Xtreme Dickens, Maupassant or Gogol story, it takesplace largely inside the head of troubled Edinburgh plain clothesdetective Bruce Robertson (James Macavoy), a ball of rage, anger andself-loathing who is on medication, seeing a psychiatrist (JimBroadbent) and haunted by the accidental death of his brighter, better,cleverer and more popular younger brother when they were children, anaccident he feels (perhaps correctly) he caused out of jealousy. Thisingrained sense of inferiority and natural disadvantage fuels himstill, making him see life itself as a constant Darwinian battleagainst everyone else to be "king of the mountain." At work he fights aplanned, merciless guerrilla war against his colleagues for anall-important promotion to executive command, studying their weaknessesand playing off them, and indeed playing them off against each otherwhile all the while presenting himself as their friends, a sort ofIago-Machiavelli combo. He even has an on-off affair with one of theirwives (Kate Dickie, the Scots doctor from "Prometheus") while trying towin over the only female on the team, the educated "modern copper"Amanda Drummond (Imogen Poots) The youngest member, Ray (Jaime Bell) adrug addict in lust with the squad secretary, falls under his wing, butis more than he seems. At his Masonic lodge he torments the newbie,shy, sheepish businessman Bladsey (Eddie Marsan) simply to hone hismanipulation skills, making obscene phone calls to his slutty wifeBunty (Shirley Hendrson) then blaming HIM for them and taking him on a"lad's weekend" to Germany where he makes him go with prostitutes andlaces his drink with Ecstasy tablets. His only other goal in life apartfrom pushing everyone else down is to regain his estranged wife Carole(Shauna Macdonald) and his 7 yr old daughter. Her memory haunts himstill, and she appears in a series of bizarre, 80's perfume ad stylevignettes talking about how she too would like to get him back but onlyon her terms. There is also the brutal and possibly racially aggravatedmurder of a Japanese student that fuels the whole thing, the denouementof which takes the story on a bizarre 180 degree twist of the"Memento"- "Fight Club" style, which you will never see because itcomes out of nowhere. When he tries single handily to save a youngaccident victim, his sensitive young widow Mary (Joanne Froggat) andher adorable 7 yr old son, who idolises him as a hero and a "good man"triggers off in him a devastating moral crisis that sees his demonscome out and his sanity unravel. Is there any hope of redemption forthis fallen soul?

    The film, like the book, is not afraid of looking into the squalor. Formost of the first half, it revels in the debauchery and vice of notonly its lead character but of the less than admirable specimens ofhumanity that surround him, none of whom is totally clean or likable.There is dirty ugly sex, drug abuse, racist and homophobic banteraplenty, violence, beating and intimidation of suspects, and of courseRobertson's one man war against humanity. It is refreshingly free ofjudgement, rather like 70's films like "The French Connection","Freebie and the Bean" and "The Choirboys". Alas the film is notcontent with this and slowly but surely starts injecting anincreasingly suffocating tone of moralism, including the positivelyDickensian "saintly young widow and adorable child" motif to bring out"the light" in him. It is not a stretch to say it seems a pair with"Flight", which similarly revelled in sin only to then make it aparable of Christian redemption. Rather than be shown as an honestportrait of humanity warts and all, it tells us his aggressive ways arethe result of trauma and self-loathing, that he is mentally sick(psychiatrist, pills, etc) and needs curing. Maybe I am too cynical,but being a human being is not something that needs curing medically orpsychologically or redeeming!

    The film is well made, well-acted, and features some great tracks fromthe 1990s (when the book was written, even though it is visibly set inthe present day) Macavoy, normally quite a grating presence given tobiting his lip, squinting, shouting and going "Ape sheet" in lieu ofreal acting, here delivers a commanding performance that may herald anew maturity. There are also many surreal touches, including fantasysequences and Robertson increasingly seeing the characters around himby their "animal spirits" (he himself is a pig!) which also informs thehorribly ironic Loony Tunes cartoon end credits sequence.

    The film is going to be tough going for many "sensitive" viewers, andso won't be for all tastes. Also it has a very ambiguous ending whichmay need a dusting off of the original novel to fully understand.

    Probably not destined to be as iconic as "Trainspotting" it isnonetheless a powerful and even enjoyable addition to the British filmlegacy.

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