This is an adaptation of the 1998 novel by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), your go-to guy for misanthropic black comedy-drama. Starring Scots.
Here, James McEvoy plays Bruce, an alcoholic but functioning detective who battles his hallucinations with coke and lithium. He’s sharp-witted and a skilled manipulator, which is why he thinks he’s a shoo-in for an upcoming promotion. And if he solves the recent murder of a Japanese student, that will seal the deal.
We’re first introduced to Bruce in a straight-to-camera monologue by a coquettish Carole, who says she’s Bruce’s wife. However, it’s soon clear that something’s amiss with Bruce’s missus, because we never see them together. Then there’s the small matter of Bruce spiralling into self-destruction, and apparently keen to take everyone with him. Can Bruce save himself? Despite his redeeming traits and a twist in this piggy tale, it’s a little hard to care. 7/10
Released November 21, 2013.