Filth (2013) 5 out of 5 James McAvoy plays Bruce Robertson, a corrupt, junkie Scottish cop with bipolar disorder (well predominantly, because mental illness in itself is a vast overlapping spectrum). I watched up to only 75% of it because truly, it became a little too hard to watch. Really gritty, dirty, perverted bits in the storyline, but in its defence it wasn’t the entire storyline. It still was done in good artistic taste. It was beautifully executed and director Jon S. Baird did a stunning job and definitely did this novel by Irvine Welsh justice. I finally got it! I finally understood the movie and its objectives. No, no epiphany on my part. I stumbled upon an interview podcast with both James and Jon. It achieved its goal of being a non general viewing crowd pleaser and a movie that makes you decide and gives you power in terms of developing a perspective. It is up to you to decide if you love or hate Bruce Robertson, or love and hate him at the same time or worse, feel nothing at all. In many ways, this movie brings you to the dark (and also delicious) side of mania. It forces you to walk in his shoes through his inner painfully disturbing monologues. Lets just say, I was not at all prepared. I didn’t read the movie synopsis beforehand although the movie poster of him snorting lines of cocaine should have been an indication. After watching the 30 minute podcast. It made me realise that perhaps it wasn’t the crudeness of the character that I couldn’t take. It was my unwillingness to decide that made me stop watching. I still don’t intend to finish the movie. Some things are best left untouched and undecided. With that strong reaction alone, 5 out of 5. Any movie that takes you to the edge (and hopefully back) deserves acknowledgement of at least it’s brilliant originality. Watch with extreme caution.