The Counselor (2013)


An affluent and otherwise respectable lawyer falls in with some wheeler dealers of the criminal underworld and unwisely decides to do business with a South American drug cartel.

With a  script written by Cormac McCarthy, direction from Ridley Scott and a cast that boasts Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, you know you’re in for a treat. Or so you’d think. The plot on offer here is like a grindingly workanlike rehash of an episode of Breaking Bad and populated by singularly uninteresting characters spouting pretentious waffle and occasionally engaging in passionless and robotic sex scenes – in fact Cameron Diaz enjoying the carnal knowledge of a sports car (I kid you not) is cringeworthy on a Gigli-esque scale.

Extremely slick and impossible to care about, the biggest mystery of this thrill-free thriller is how such a dazzling pool of talent could produce something so astonishingly mediocre.



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