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Morally reprehensible policeman Bruce Robertson will stop at nothing to secure a promotion, turning his colleagues against each other, but his past and a crippling drug habit begin to take a toll on his sanity.
Edition: Widescreen
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE FILT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Mar 16, 2018

The main problem with this movie is that it sacrifices too much of the book content to make it into a film. James McAvoy is a great actor but even he couldn't do justice to the repulsive and morally bankrupt but ultimately, tragic character of Bruce Robertson. As in all Irvine Welsh novels, the devil is in the details and that alone reduces his novels from sprawling mosaics depicting societal degradation, hopelessness and the human condition to vignettes that merely scratch the tragic surface of 1980s Thatcherism and a society in crisis when condensed for film. If I hadn't read the book first I don't think I could have followed the storyline completely.

May 22, 2017

PTSD descends into drug/alcohol-fueled psychosis. I think this film (and presumably the book) is sub-par compared to Welsh's other works because the plot is too one-sided and it ends without the usual sense of balance between characters on upward vs. downward trajectories. If the title didn't give it away, this is not at all suitable for kids.

Apr 17, 2017

Didn't read the book. Had to put on subtitles...not sure how I feel and still processing; ending was weird where sad then right to happy music (I needed a couple seconds break). Although reading reviews it's possible happy because he wanted that to happen (I thought he saw them and changed mind). Reminds me of clockwork Orange lots of bad language and topics ... Some for story others for shock value. Sounds like in book main guy actually committed murder in beginning and they all knew but were covering. I liked the deleted scenes included bathroom scene, homeless guy. Also Imogen posts Drummond character tried to show strong woman but she really wasn't, just one weird scene in the stairs and she didn't get promotion. I guess overall not bad movie if I had his many thoughts!

Feb 02, 2017

Was interesting but then dragged on midway. The central character is a real nutter, but it kept me relatively entertained.

Jan 03, 2017

This film from Scotland has, in my view, a wrong title, as it deals with a police office who suffers from a mental illness caused by a past trauma. James McAvoy's acting is probably over-the-top but still believable. It is an art-house piece worthy of a watch. The accent of the spoken words failed me now and then, though.

Dec 06, 2015

If you like bad cop films as "Bad Lieutenant" 1992 or "Rampart" 2012, you may be able to stomach the "filth" in this film and possibly be entertained. It took its time to piece together the identity of a murder witness, pretty good twist.

carnett1 May 15, 2015

Too often do police seek to be in the film industry portraying themselves like anything but what they are considering the patterns in police shootings throughout the country in the past 6 months to a year.

Murders probably occur with the knowledge of the police given their constant surveillance and immediate news reporters at the scenes of crimes.

samakirachang May 15, 2015

I like James McAvoy a lot and he acts his ass off here...I know it is gross but that's the point of this movie. His mental illness is in full display...from the makers of Trainspotting...

kevfarley Apr 02, 2015

It uses the "House of Cards' template, but changed from "Bad Boy Politician" to "Bad Boy (Scottish) Cop",.. with lots of drugs, vomiting, and narrative explanations from the anti-hero.

Keeps limping along with interesting 'bits', mostly due to James McAvoy's empowered performance,.. but any story substance seems lost in self-consciously strained efforts at satire and style.

Feb 17, 2015

If you are an Irvine Welsh fan you will absolutely love this. I am and i did. If you are unfamiliar with his work (filmwise the most notably and recognizable being "Trainspotting") It is amazing. If you are not used to Welsh you may find it a bit... weird, and possibly offensive.

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May 22, 2017

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Dec 06, 2015

-Sometimes it takes a wrongdoer to show you when you are doing wrong.
-See, every time a woman drops her trousers: promotion. Every time a man drops theirs: disciplinary action. Where's the equality in that?
-Scotland. This nation brought the world television, the steam engine, golf, whiskey, penicillin, and of course, the deep-fried Mars bar. It is great being Scottish. We're such a uniquely successful race.


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