"Filth," adapted from "Trainspotting" author Irvine Welsh's 1998 novel, is either lucky to have
Although it's hard to ignore the full-throttled gutter intensity mixed with bad boy charm that McAvoy brings to Bruce Robertson, a man whose larkishly terrible behavior hides deep wells of psychic pain, it doesn't pair well with the bigger-than-life cartoon cesspool writer-director Jon S. Baird orchestrates around him. Even tastelessness requires some consistency of acrid flavoring, and "Filth" uneasily mixes a not-uninteresting character study in self-destruction with '90s-nostalgic stylings that can only be called
Buzzing around McAvoy's virtuosic turn are some great actors, including
The best you can say about the over-the-top "Filth" is that it's a brisk wallow, with enough elbow room to marvel at McAvoy's sinkhole aria of a performance.
MPAA rating: R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use, language and violence.
Running time: 1 hour, 37 minutes.