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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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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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

2.8 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY 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 robert stirling TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 July 2015
Format: DVD
I'm probably like many other people---I saw the dvd jacket cover showing excellent actors such as Pitt,Fassbender,Cruz,Diaz and the superb Javier Bardem all starring in this film.

Cormac McCarthy wrote the screenplay and Ridley Scott directed.What could go wrong? So I bought the dvd in a local boot-sale last week.

What a BIG mistake! This just didn't work for me.It is neither a coherent drama or a thriller(even a weak one).

I think most of the budget was spent on the actors and crew, and very little thought and care given to the purpose of most productions which is to ENTERTAIN.

So this turned into a mishmash---it is neither a high quality dialogue driven play or a thriller with suspense and action.It doesn't have an abundance of anything that I would call entertaining.
A huge disappointment for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Aug. 2015
Format: DVD
Credit where credit is due -- if you are going to act in a farce (I'm referring to the genre), then you must never, even at the silliest moments, seem to be tipping off your audience that you're aware that you're in a certain kind of play. The humor depends on the actors seeming to be dead serious, even when, to the audience, the events on stage are at their silliest or most outrageous. So the actors in "The Counselor" deserve a lot of credit. They play it dead straight. So, you might ask -- are you saying that this movie is, generically, a farce? I am saying that, for if it isn't, it's a total mess. But there's reason to think that Cormac McCarthy, who wrote the screenplay, and the director Ridley Scott knew exactly what they were doing. Any screenplay for what looks like a "thriller" that alludes to the death of Socrates and Christopher Marlowe's "The Jew of Malta" (and probably some other things I've missed) obviously has something going on, and the nearest analogue I can find to the kind of drama this is is the hyper-sensationalized early 17th-Century morality plays that used to be referred to as "Jacobean Tragedy" and that were associated with names like Cyril Tourneur and John Webster. Marlowe's "Jew of Malta" might be thought of as a kind of prototype of such drama, and elements of it can be found in Shakespeare's tragedies -- obviously in "Titus Andronicus," and maybe less obviously in "King Lear" and "Macbeth." The 17 Century critic Thomas Rhymer referred to "Othello" as "a bloody farce," and that's not a bad description of "The Counselor" too, as long as we remember that heavy-handed moralism goes along with it.Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 Sept. 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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