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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a bit out there but a great watch at a time of formatted and safe movie ...
A different take on things, a bit out there but a great watch at a time of formatted and safe movie making. YMMV.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A CAUTIONARY DIAMOND
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A CAUTIONARY DIAMOND, 15 Nov. 2013
This review is from: The Counsellor [DVD] (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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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of., 22 July 2014
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This review is from: The Counsellor [DVD] (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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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-indulgent tosh!, 24 May 2014
This review is from: The Counsellor (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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious and intelligent but less than the sum of its parts - and not exactly thrilling, 29 Sept. 2014
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Counsellor [Blu-ray] (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? “Truth has no temperature”) depletes the supporting cast to increase her bank account when she’s not monologueing or having sex with Bardem’s car. Yes, you did read that right.

The second disc of the Blu-ray release contains the better paced extended version of the film, running an additional 20 minutes, though aside from the film’s second decapitation being graphically extended most of the additions are either more philosophising or add nothing to the plot. Much more interesting is the lengthy (216-minutes) interactive documentary and commentary accessed by seamless branching. The first disc contains the 117-minute theatrical version with three viral shorts promoting the film and ten TV spots and three trailers offering far too many hostages to fortune by building themselves around lines like “How bad is it?” “Let’s say pretty bad. And then multiply it by ten” and “Bad is bad” or offering the promise of a bloodbath by strategic use of the film’s last line (not to mention showing up the copywriter‘s limited vocabulary by describing Cormac McCarthy as ‘The writer of the book No Country For Old Men’).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Curious, 13 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Counsellor [DVD] (DVD)
A curious concoction featuring the biggest of big name actors and creative talent. I'm not certain that it is a film worth reading too much into, recounting what is a fairly typical story set in the gruesome world of drug trafficking through the use of very elaborate dialogue and slow-paced drama, but it offers an experience unlike anything I have encountered in American cinema. It certainly doesn't feel the need to talk down to the audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a bit out there but a great watch at a time of formatted and safe movie ..., 16 Dec. 2014
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A different take on things, a bit out there but a great watch at a time of formatted and safe movie making. YMMV.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars GHASTLY-SIMPLY GHASTLY, 1 Jun. 2014
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 13 April 2015
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Great named cast tends to get lost in where the movie is going at times. Basically the usual tale of drug dealing gone wrong and soon the body count starts to mount up etc, etc. Well played though and some nice little sinister twists as you would expect when drug cartels want to make an example of people. To be fair the tension is sustained well and nice to see Cameron Diaz in a dark role.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Snooze, 5 Jun. 2014
This review is from: The Counsellor (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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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Riot, 29 July 2014
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Mike Brecher (London & New York) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Counsellor [DVD] (DVD)
Didn't realize Ridley Scott was this versatile. Known for tough, gritty drama, in The Counsel(l)or he's produced THE comedy of the decade so far. Naked Gun Meets Mexican Drug Cartels. A horde of box-office heavy-hitters thespianize to camera -- Pitt and Bardem are particular standouts -- delivering their ludicrous lines with admirably deadpan skill. (The outtakes of them corpsing in giggle-fits are a must for the extra features of the special edition.) It's not even satire -- it's broad, no-holds-barred farce. If you're in need of a good laugh, run don't walk to buy--
What?
Excuse me a moment.
It's not SUPPOSED to be a comedy?
Geddoutahere!
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