The Counsellor 2013

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(105) IMDb 5.4/10
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Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz sizzle in this gripping thriller about a drug deal that spins dangerously out of control.

Starring:
Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz
Runtime:
1 hour 57 minutes

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The Counsellor

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Genres Drama
Director Ridley Scott
Starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz
Supporting actors Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz
Studio Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darcy on 22 July 2014
Format: DVD
I should have know this film was going to be a waste of time from the moment Fassbender talks about being in love... talk about a total miscast! And if that is not enough, you have to keep up with the disjointed plot, which jumps from one scene to another! Great cast, yet my personal opinion is that Penelope Cruz is better suited to her native Spanish films, as she looks very uncomfortable in American films... if you've watched her in films like Jamon Jamon, Broken Embraces and Open Your Eyes, then you will understand what I mean.

I turned the film off after 45 minutes.... take Bruce Lee's advice from the quote above and do something worthwhile with your 117 mins.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
Michael Fassbender stars in the title role as a lawyer, who as far as I could tell his name was Counselor. He becomes engaged to Lara (Penélope Cruz) who is as pretty as she is naive. Reiner (Javier Bardem) is a rich friend who claims "Women are an expensive hobby." His girlfriend Malkina (Cameron Diaz) is extremely high maintenance and out of everyone's league. Counselor has a chance to make some big money when he meets a smooth talking, mutual friend, middle man Westray (Brad Pitt) who arranges for Counselor to finance a drug deal. Seems the biggest problem is going to be how to hide the money. Then in the blink of an eye, things go so wrong as now Counselor and Westray try not to star in a Latino snuff film.

The production spends most of the time building up characters with smart dialogue. When the twist happens, this changes the film from a clever drama into an action crime drama that needed better action and to last longer. The film seemed to go down hill at the very moment it should have rocketed. It is a well acted film which I enjoyed mostly for the build up. It just didn't bring it home like it should, clearly a weak screen play adaptation.

Worth a view as a rental.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. Sex. No nudity (Cameron Diaz side breast)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 12 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
A-list cast, b-list plot. The first half not a lot happens - apart from nicely shot scenes with rapid machine gun fire conversations between characters and an appearance of a freakish version of Bill Cosby (Javier Bardem). I was about to turn it off when things perked up a bit when a biker has his head chopped off by a razor wire. This random scene then lead to some actual plot movement, but you are still left wondering what it's all about and what some of the characters were doing in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hirsty on 5 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
or at least certainly the most disappointing reality versus expectation. Top name Director, stellar cast - should've been fantastic, but genuinely the first time I've considered leaving a cinema showing in a long long time.

Very stylishly shot, great locations etc, but it's just very hard to care at all about any of the characters in any way. I'm also not normally prudish about things, but much of the violence is gratuitous and unnecessary & stays with you - we get the gist that drug cartels are bad guys, there's no need to be this graphic.

On paper this must've seemed like such a good idea, but it's not. Waste of time / money / talent = avoid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
On a previous review someone said 'Good cast, great director. So why is it so poor?' Absolutely spot on! Avoid this one, unless you don't like your films to have a coherent plot & are a fan of Javier Bardem in loud shirts.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S Apple on 8 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Oh dear what garbage. I really liked the cast and I was hoping it wasn't as bad as people said but my goodness it was bad. Is it a comedy or serious drama either way the film did not work. I was bored and perplexed with the nonsense dialogue and random scenes that didn't seem to come together very well and the characters were so badly written. The twist was daft and the film just seem to go on forever. A very pointless film, don't waste your time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By greyback on 5 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Watched it for an hour hoping it would liven up , it didn't very poor film, with actors with a string of box office hits,what went wrong!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jcs on 9 July 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
Almost great, but somehow never quite finds its rhythm, and at the end of the film you're left sort of wondering what the point was.
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