“Disturbingly Dark and Honest” 8/10
Filth is an in-your-face, raucous film about corrupt policeman Bruce (James McAvoy) determined that nothing and no one will stand in his way of a promotion which will help him win back his family. As he falls further into his web of lies and deceit he is drawn deeper into drug addiction which causes his life to spiral out of control.
I actually saw this film a few weeks ago and couldn’t really make up my mind about it until I’d really sat and thought about it. It’s so brutal and twisted and leaves you feeling like you’ve been slapped round the face when it ends. Yet, once you started thinking about it and strip all the punch out of it, it’s just very honest in dealing with some incredibly difficult topics that most films usually gloss up a little. It’s not afraid to hit you where it hurts and I was so impressed with the way it manages to be disturbing without being hugely offensive at the same time. As the story unfolds so does Bruce’s mind and there are some huge plot twists that really take you by surprise. James McAvoy is outstanding as the corrupt policeman – I haven’t seen much of his work and the few films that I have seen haven’t overly impressed me but his performance in this blew me away. The entire supporting cast is pretty strong too with some big names like Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan and Jim Broadbent, as well as some smaller names, but McAvoy really does steal the limelight from start to finish.
Filth is disturbingly dark and honest, almost a little too much, which is why I didn’t rate it higher. It did its job of unsettling me to the point where I had to sleep on it for ages before making up my mind about how I would review it. Definitely worth a watch but prepare to be unsettled right from the very first minute.