The Counsellor 2013

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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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Product Details

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
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2.7 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Sep 2014
Format: Blu-ray
“Life is not going to take you back. You are the world you have created. And when you cease to exist, this world that you have created will also cease to exist.”

The Counselor is one of those films where it’s easy to see why it attracted such an impressive cast - everybody gets at least one good scene and some great metaphorical dialogue - but leaves you wondering why no-one seemed to notice it’s considerably less than the sum of its parts. It’s more a series of conversations about the philosophy of crime and the morality of those even peripherally involved in drug running than a thriller, but the story remains elusive and there’s no real momentum or mounting dread as Michael Fassbender’s lawyer who’s involved in a one-off drug deal with Javier Bardem’s flamboyant dealer and Brad Pitt’s middle man finds he’s increasingly out of his depth as things inevitably go wrong. Focussing primarily on the facilitators and intermediaries, the nature of the deal is deliberately vague lest it get in the way of the purple prose, some of which is good but perhaps too much feels like it’s simply taking the film off on tangents. By the last third after the bodies start multiplying and heads literally roll courtesy of the unseen and omnipotent cartel while any interest the film promised curiously threatens to diminish, things moves into metaphysical territory in a lengthy phone conversation with Rueben Blades that is probably the best scene in the film before Fassbender ends up in Graham Greeneland having to accept that there’s no forgiveness, redemption or salvation in the future he has written himself. Inbetween, Cameron Diaz’s cheetah loving femme fatale (“Are you really that cold?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Morton on 21 May 2014
Format: DVD
My expectations were high - Ridley Scott as director, Cormac Mccarthy as writer and a stellar cast (Fassbender, Pitt, Bardem, Cruz, Diaz etc) raised the bar. Sadly The Counsellor cant quite reach it but its not all bad.

Michael Fassbender is the counsellor in question who enters into a shady drug deal with Pitt and Bardem. Things dont go to plan (they never do) and our boys find themselves being hunted by the criminal underworld. Rather than being a high octane thriller this film takes a more slow burn, talky route. There's the odd bout of gun play but the film largely features the starry cast having deep and meaningful, subtext heavy, conversations about life, love, wealth and power. Its all very serious and at times rather sombre.

The acting is first class as you might expect and this carries the film. The plot eventually comes together leaving us with a film which is ok, worth a watch if you're in the right mood but feels like something of a missed opportunity.
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By The Movie Guy TOP 100 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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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Teddy on 24 May 2014
Format: DVD
WTF? How can a film that promises so much be SO bad? You will not give a cr*p about any of the 'characters' in this film at any point, and the cringeworthy dialogue (reminiscent of something an over-eager film student could have penned) will make you want to hide behind the sofa.

Don't waste your time by bothering to watch until the end (or, preferably, at all). It's downhill all the way, and will leave you feeling disappointed, cheated and annoyed with yourself for sticking it out. There are better things to do, like unblocking that drain you've been meaning to clear for months, or picking up dog poo off the pavement (even if you don't have a dog).

Why? Just why? There's nothing else to say, really.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Darcy on 22 July 2014
Format: DVD
I should have known 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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