Director Ridley Scott’s new thriller tells the story of an American greedy lawyer, known only as The Counselor (Michael Fassbender), who finds himself in over his head when he decides to delve into the dark world of drug trafficking. Along the way we meet his naive girlfriend Laura (Penelope Cruz); Westray (Brad Pitt), a seedy middleman; Reiner and Malkina (Javier Bardem and Cameron Diaz), a mysterious and dangerous couple; and Ruth (Rosie Perez), a prison inmate represented by the lawyer. When they all cross each other’s paths, their lives will never be the same again.
I had high expectations for this film and unfortunately it fell short. I left the theater feeling confused about what the film was actually about. All I can say is that it was a strange movie, leaving me with an empty feeling and still looking for more.
Even the all-star cast couldn’t come to the rescue of this highly-anticipated flick. Scott is well-know for his great films and direction, but somehow got lost in his vision and lost the direction that this film needed to be great.
As for the performances, Fassbender was in top form. He is everywhere now and the leading man that Hollywood needs. I am sure he will garner an Oscar nomination for his role in 12 Years A Slave. Cameron Diaz was brilliant as the sociopath Malkina, who is aware of what is going on around her and in control at all times.
The Counselor does not complete in anyway with Scott’s other highly recognizable movies, but once you figure what is happening you may end up enjoying it. Again, some of the performances may even make it worth the cost of a ticket.
Rated R for graphic violence, some grisly images, strong sexual content, and language
Run Time: 1 hour 57 minutes