Written August 02, 2014
The trailer is the best part of this movie! They condensed 1 hr 51 mins of s--t into a 3-minute watchable film.
This movie was TERRIBLE. Despite a stellar cast, the story meanders; had completely unneccessary, gratuitous scenes (Cameron Diaz on the Ferrari.. REALLY?? Not sexy at all. Just stupid)
It was not told in a tight, linear fashion, which would have suited the plotline better (as in Michael Mann's "Heat".) It just plodded along, with a convoluted drug tale, many extra unneeded characters, and lots of ridiculous speeches. It was a complete waste of good talent (Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz.)
I couldn't follow it after the first 30 minutes. Unbelievably disappointing fare from the usually excellent Ridley Scott.
Written October 26, 2013
The Counselor is a beautifully written, photographed and well-acted film that plays like a short story. Not every action is clear until later. When a scene begins, one doesn't ever know exactly where it's going. People listen to each other and have conversations that are not straight forward. And for all the thousands of "drug" related movies where running drugs is exciting, rewarding, dangerous and ultimately good guy vs bad guy with good guy winning---forget about it. This movie has the exciting and brutal taste of real life, the much more realistic sense that decisions made easily can have devastating consequences. In real life, the good guy may sometimes win but it doesn't happen so often when dealing with drug cartels and million dollar cocaine shipments. Cormac McCarthy has been exploring seriously the underbelly of violence and the psychology of the American misunderstanding that raises violence to a moral formula where only good guys win. Don't expect a formulaic plot.
Written October 25, 2013
I just fired Ridley Scott, Cameron Diaz, Brad PItt, and everyone complicit in making this spectacular piece of garbage from using their professional judgment to choose scripts based on any known benchmarks for enjoyable cinema. Due to their collaborative incompetence, I'll now use their choices to determine which movies I WON'T go see at the theater.
Compelling protagonist? Nope. Every character was just an awful human being, with the exception of Penelope Cruz whose role could have been equally served in cameo, much like Goran Visnjic's sub-2-minute appearance. Fassbender, even during his emotional catharsis, couldn't stir any kind of compassion from the audience. The 'hero" was incapable of evolving into anything more than deserving victim of his own choices.
PS: I wish I could have found a shred of value in the obtuse diatribes of Diaz, Blades, etc. I didn't.
Written October 26, 2013
Amazing that so many good names got reeled in by such a bad movie. Don't their people screen out bad scripts? Very little plot, many "let's fill up some running time" scenes. Existentialist rambling musings leaving you wondering "What did he just say?".
Written October 27, 2013
Great movie. i got the message and you will too. Don't let the bad review ratings given here make you think different. Movie shows the reality of bad dealings or crossing the line and the end result consequences that actions can carry. Great cast, locations, sex, cars, girls and lavish life of the risk-takers. Film reminded me of 'Casino' and how they had something nice going but ended up fuckin' it all up in the end. Cameron Diaz made me stiff when she "rubbed" that Ferrari.