Summary: McAvoy is a cocksure cop who is certain to win the coveted promotion of Detective Inspector, by playing his colleagues off against each other, without them knowing he's the catalyst. His gradual decline into sordid behaviour becomes his undoing. The second half of the movie couldn't seem to keep up with the pace of the first half. Still, there are twists that you won't see coming!
Conclusion: A headstrong detective is looking for a promotion, but it isn't good enough to win, he must see all his competition fail. His want to succeed drives him to destroy the lives of the ones around him, and pushes him further and further into himself. The detective falls deeper and deeper into himself, but his own mind is a truly scary thing which pushes him to the edge of insanity.
Summary: Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh. Filth is the most provocative film of the year. Not since Trainspotting has there been a movie quite like this. James McAvoy plays Bruce Robertson, a bipolar cokehead, alcoholic, pervert cop. I couldn't think of anyone as despicable and repulsive as Robertson. James McAvoy's performance is mindblowing. Bruce Robertson joins Tom Hardy's Charles Bronson and Malcolm McDowell's Alex DeLarge in the hall of famous movie sociopaths.
Summary: Even so well performed too many surreal and utterly depressing scenes for me to handle. I have no idea how that movie ended up in the category of comedies. I am not spending my money to get myself in to the mental stage of hopelessness whilst, tricked by faulty advertising, expecting joy and laughter.
Summary: I loved trainspotting but this dabble with drugs and psychosis did little to further my understanding of either of these complex worlds. Great acting and production values but just sick and unredeemable. I did like the ending and the soliloquies.
Summary: Thanks for the tickets Flicks! My friend and I enjoyed the start, looked away during some scenes and then left the movie at the end asking questions to each other all the way to the car park! We were left puzzled - but I guess that is what the plot intended, so you are thinking about it long after you've seen it.
Summary: It was always going to be a hard adaptation - this is frequently funny and consistently appalling; gradually affecting but ultimately not quite up with the book in redeeming the protagonist's humanity. McEvoy is excellent and the supporting characters colourful and entertaining. The story resonates here following recent news stories around the sins of those who abuse their power.