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Irvine Welsh's Filth - Movie adaptation starring James McAvoy - NSFW


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Didn't even know this was being turned into a movie. There's still talk of Danny Boyle adapting Porno as well, to coincide with Trainspotting's 20th anniversary.

Anyway, this is an NSFW trailer. In fact, as Den Of Geek point out, this is the first time they've seen a trailer with an official 18 certificate from the BBFC!

Synopsis from Comingsoon

In Filth, scheming Bruce Robertson (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 (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?

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For some reason my only memory of the book, beyond a vague recollection of skin problems and a tapeworm, was a rant by the policeman about how Napier University in Edinburgh wasn't a real university. Don't know why it stuck in my head...

edit : found a screenshot of it. Exciting times.

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Read the book in 2000 and enjoyed it. Just trying to think how they'd adapt the story. It should have some Frank Sidebottom in it, Bruce had a thing about the Timperley EP, if I recall. And hopefully the compulsory ethnic minority awareness training session features in it somewhere.

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So I saw this last night.

Filth 2013 ★★★

Watched Oct 01, 2013

mentazm’s review:

James McAvoy isn't the Bruce Robertson I had in my head reading Filth. I pictured someone more akin to Dara Ó Briain with a mustache. It seems to be the prevalent belief of those who've read the book, he's older, uglier and fatter than McAvoy. I'm sure it was a commercial decision, as McAvoy is arguably Scotland's brightest star in Hollywood.

McVoy throws himself into the role, hoovering up the drugs, booze, women, thugs and tapeworms in his path. Baird directs with a drive and frenetic pace that keeps in line with the stories constant violent surge towards the inevitable. The humour remains, but there's just something off, seeing such dated language and venom coming from someone so young. Considering it was mid 90s and things had definitely changed for the better.

Despite the miscasting, it's very faithful to the book, one particular thread aside. It's not Welsh's best book, and this isn't the best film based on his work. For the perfect adaptation, watch... no no Trainspotting. The Acid House. Perfect.

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I saw this on Sunday and really enjoyed it - having never read the book but being familiar enough with Welsh's style anyway, and being told by a friend who'd read it that it was a 'really horrible' book, so I had some idea of what to expect. That said the trailer seemed to show the whole thing a bit more glamourised than I'd been told the book did, and the beginning of the film glamourises things a bit too. It soon became clear that this was essentially the audience being tricked into finding entertainment in what's going on, and rooting for Bruce in a way that suggests he might be a dick but he's a roguish, likeable one. All of this gets stripped away as the film goes on - the humour gets sucked out and Bruce is shown up for what he really is, giving the lie to that whole super-macho misogynistic misanthropic attitude. It builds to a powerful climax and doesn't drop the ball at all.

I also appreciated how weird it is, as a film. Some of the surreal aspects of it don't quite work but I liked that they were attempted, anyway. The cinema was packed when I saw it (at 2.15pm on a Sunday afternoon) and the audience were obviously into it the whole way, which I took to be a sign that weird films aren't necessarily commercial poison (at least not in Aberdeen).

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When this ended everyone else in the cinema, apart from us, got straight up and shuffled out in silence. Not even bothering to watch the amazing end credits. Before the film they showed a trailer for Bad Grandpa and I think they were just expecting Bad Copper. They were certainly laughing during the earlier stages, I don't think they were expecting it turn dark and disturbing. Well, it's dark and disturbing from the off and he's clearly reprehensible, but the film encourages you to be an almost willing giggling accomplice at the start, only to sucker punch you.

As for me, I really liked it. I thought McAvoy put in a great performance. I've not read the book, but just had a quick glance at its summary on Wikipedia and it looks like they changed a major element of the story. I'm wondering how people who had read it feel about this change?

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As for me, I really liked it. I thought McAvoy put in a great performance. I've not read the book, but just had a quick glance at its summary on Wikipedia and it looks like they changed a major element of the story. I'm wondering how people who had read it feel about this change?

I've read the book but I've not seen the film, but I'd say that the book definitely need some major changes to be a film. The story in the book never quite works (at least it didn't for me). Does the film have the tapeworm in it?

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Kinda, film spoilers.

It's hinted at. He has visions of Jim Broadbent as an exaggerated version of his real-life doctor. In the fantasy consulting room there's a picture of a tapeworm on the wall and he also has a quick flash of him as a giant tapeworm, Jim Broadbent is also represented as a tapeworm in the end credits.

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I saw this just now and loved it, which surprised me because I expected it to be a typical not-quite-there Brit-flick trendy slightly too late novel adaptation starring James McAvoy - it had all the symptoms of mediocrity. Brilliant stuff though, and surprisingly emotionally engaging towards the end. Fantastic performances by pretty much everyone too, but especially McAvoy who totally overcomes the fact that he's about fifteen years too young for the role. The cinema was packed too, which is heartening.

My only real criticism was the fact that the Scots criminals who commit the killing that drives the plot - such that it is - don't really convince. Irvine Welsh's books have their problems, but among them is not that the Scots criminals in them don't seem tough. This lot seemed a bit The Bill for my liking.

Also, was it just me, or did the film make a slightly half-hearted attempt at being set in the 1990s? On the one hand, Frank Sidebottom on the TV, the classified football results in primitive computer text in shop windows, smoking in pubs, a soundtrack of pumping Euro-cheese like 'Don't You Want Me?' and 'Mr Vain' on nights out; on the other, flatscreen TVs in everyones houses, and modern clothing on everyone.

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When this ended everyone else in the cinema, apart from us, got straight up and shuffled out in silence. Not even bothering to watch the amazing end credits. Before the film they showed a trailer for Bad Grandpa and I think they were just expecting Bad Copper. They were certainly laughing during the earlier stages, I don't think they were expecting it turn dark and disturbing. Well, it's dark and disturbing from the off and he's clearly reprehensible, but the film encourages you to be an almost willing giggling accomplice at the start, only to sucker punch you.

As for me, I really liked it. I thought McAvoy put in a great performance.

This is spot on, I really loved the way the movie lured you in at the start and got more and more disturbing. McAvoy was fantastic in it, an amazing performance.

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Thought it was alright. Could've been much weirder, darker and unsettling given the themes it explores. Reading up on the novels, it seems like the film just pretty much brushes over some stuff about why Bruce is the way he is too. Found it difficult to take the use of the Radiohead track seriously

given that they've often been described as a band that makes music to top yourself to. Felt very on the nose.

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