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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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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7 of 7 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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Format: DVD
One of the best films I have seen in a long while although you have to concentrate because every word of the dialogue counts. Cod philosophy, as Mark Kermode called it, it is not. It is daunting and profound. The border the lawyer crosses is not just between the US and Mexico. it is between civilisation and barbarism, between life and an afterlife in hell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By An Old Greybeard on 1 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
Words are totally inadequate to review this production which purports to be entainment and those responsible should hang their heads in shame. A WASTE OF MONEY!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jcs on 9 July 2014
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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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By Alex Styl on 15 Sep 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I had high expectations when watching this film but was utterly disappointed! At the end (if you actually watch it till the end) you feel as if something is missing, as if there is more to it which somehow has been removed. Another reviewer called it "feeling cheated", that's more like it!
I wouldn't recommend wasting almost two hours of your time..
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By Mitun on 4 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
'The Counsellor' is a thriller film that released in 2013 to such a divided response from both critics and the audience. The film managed to do good business at the box-office though.

The movie tells the story of The Counsellor (Michael Fassbender) whose arrangement of a drug deal goes seriously wrong.

I was really intrigued to watch the film due to the big star cast, divided response and Ridley Scott, one of my favorite directors. The stylish setting and cinematography are beautiful and hook you to the story straight away. The classy dialogue exchanges only make the viewing more appetizing. Addition of violent scenes do no harm. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie is a let down with no character development, suspense or sense of direction. The story is hard to follow and the ending is an abrupt big disappointment.

The performances by Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem are good. For some reason, I didn't like the performances by Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz, which seemed amateurish and unconvincing.

The direction by Ridley Scott does grab your attention and raises curiosity initially. Thereon, the feature becomes depressing, the pace slows and falls flat with no content.

'The Counsellor' is a self-indulgent premise that doesn't make any efforts to be liked.
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