Filth: First Look

Posted by Grey Sunday, June 23, 2013

Irvine Welsh's misanthropic, racist, psychopathic anti-hero Bruce Robertson comes to life on the big screen thanks to James McAvoy in director Jon S. Baird's film adaptation of Filth. 

The acting range of Scottish actor James McAvoy has been exemplary in recent years with his prolific body of work comprising diverse roles from X-Men: First Class' young Charles Xavier, Simon, the questionable protagonist in Danny Boyle's Trance, and the hard-hitting cop in Welcome to the Punch. In Filth, director Jon S. Baird's film adaptation of the popular crime novel by Irvine Welsh, McAvoy might just have taken on a career-defining role of his with Bruce Robertson, the amoral detective sergeant who happened to be equally parts misanthropic, racist, sexist, Machiavellian, and downright psychopathic.

With the film set to be released in the UK in September (and no release dates in US yet), Lionsgate has released a red-band trailer for the film, giving us a sneak peek at the filthy escapades of the crooked cop.

And if you like what you have seen thus far from the first trailer, this international trailer released by Sierra Affinity contained even more of the profanity and debauchery you can expect from the film.

The first poster of the film, incidentally a brilliant take.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film: 

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? 


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