McAvoy is filth

16 May 2014 - 02:15 By Tymon Smith
OUT OF SYNC: James McAvoy stars in British crime thriller 'Welcome to the Punch', which opens at cinemas today
OUT OF SYNC: James McAvoy stars in British crime thriller 'Welcome to the Punch', which opens at cinemas today

Based on a 1998 Irvine Welsh novel, there are immediate comparisons to be made between this film and Danny Boyle's 'Trainspotting'.

Filth

Director:Jon S Baird

Cast:James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots, Emily Blunt, Jim Broadbent

Based on a 1998 Irvine Welsh novel, there are immediate comparisons to be made between this film and Danny Boyle's 'Trainspotting'. They are both adapted from books by Welsh and share an anarchic in-your-face energy. But 'Trainspotting' had an empathy for its characters that made you feel their predicament, while 'Filth' relies on a punked-up performance from James McAvoy that will make you sit up and realise there's more to the man than romantic comedies.

It's not for prudes but it's worth it for the sheer psychotic energy and direction that nimbly moves from chaos to contemplation in the blink of an eye.

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