Filth (2014)


A bent copper with a drug habit competes with his fellow detectives for a promotion whilst trying to solve the case of a Japanese tourist murdered in an Edinburgh underpass.

Trainspotting meets Bad Lieutenant in this adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel that unfortunately lacks the deft touch of Danny Boyle in representing the seedy underbelly of modern Scottish life. By far the biggest problem with Filth is that its protagonist is so fundamentally unlikeable; he’s a deranged, drug-fuelled, misogynist bully who indulges in an orgy of violence and depravity throughout the entire length of the film and basically has no redeeming features whatsoever, making his “redemption” very difficult to care about.

There is some amusing black humour, particularly at the beginning of the film, but without any characters to actually care about it just becomes an orgy of nastiness that just leaves a slightly unpleasant taste in the mouth.


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