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 by
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People ask me, "Carole, how do you and Bruce keep the spice in your marriage?" Well, I tell them it's really simple. I'm just the ultimate tease.
[walking down the hallway in lingerie]
Me and Bruce, we're not that different. We know what we want. We know how to get it. Like this promotion he's going for. We both know he'll win. And when he does, the Robertson household is gonna be one big, happy family again. I kid you not.
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"Filth" is a very powerful movie, a well-made film that exploits powerful material. It starts out as a dark comedy, then descends into drug-induced madness and finally, and inevitably, turns into a tragedy. It is appropriately funny, crazy and tragic at different points, and disturbing throughout. It is a fantastic cinematic achievement: offensive, provocative, yet human, leaving a lasting impression.
James McAvoy gives an excellent performance, as always. He can spend 30 minutes doing despicable things, and then one facial expression will suddenly evoke pity or sympathy from the audience. He is never a hero we like or identify with; he also remains a hero whose descent into madness and despair we never fully understand, we are always too far removed from the filth that we see on screen. Nevertheless, he is a hero that we come to care for by the end.
The only problem with "Filth" is that, while it is saying a lot, there is no unifying theme or message. While "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" tried to expose the hollowness of the American Dream, "Filth" goes both deeper in terms of its characters, but also remains more superficial. Both the depravity and the despair of Sergeant Robertson are deep and profound, and leave a lasting impression on the viewer. However, it is never clear whether there is a single purpose behind delving so deep into his psyche.
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