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on 18 December 2015
Firstly, i have to say that there should be a rating for "I don't know if I liked it or not." That is the immediate reaction elicited by this film. In provoking a troublesome confusion, however, I think it has achieved its purpose, If you want Hollywood simplicity, the victory of good over evil, or just a good old fashioned neat resolution, look elsewhere - or prepare to be disappointed.

Here's the thing, though (and I'll try not to completely spoil it if you're reading this before watching): the viewer is left to contemplate the the unresolved situation of the protagonist. He is probably, to coin a phrase, a dead man walking. Perhaps, though, he is not. Not in the sense that his imminent death is inevitable, but that he believes it to be the case. Furthermore, he has lost all that he valued and is left walking alone in a horrible that is partly of his own creation; which is pretty much what the bad guy on the end of the phone tells him when he begs for help. Perhaps this is his fate; to spend his days fearing a retributional death that is not coming and in doing so, forfeiting any real life?

The message is probably as complex, or as simple as you wish to make it, like life and the human condition. On the one hand you might invite yourself to consider the complexities of illegal markets in the 21st century and the spider's web of victims that suffer because the spiders of this world always want more money, On the other hand you can simply accept that bad stuff happens if you get involved in dealing drugs. All very Shakespearian, in a way, except with guns, cars and diamond wearing cheetahs instead of iambic pentameter and choreographed swordplay.

Nobody complains that Banqo's ghost is never seen to take satisfaction from Macbeth's demise, or that Gloucester's cruel eye gauging is forgiven once King Lear's madness finally gets him to see sense, but people seem to expect this film to resolve all the problems it poses. I suspect, though, that the whole point was to highlight the problems to which nobody has yet found a solution. Perhaps that is why it is a tough film to like, but does that make it a bad film, or just a film about badness?
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on 6 January 2016
Interesting and unusual plot. This film is a story about the consequences of greed. A man who fails to understand he already
has all he needs. Recommended.
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on 11 June 2017
Disappointing. With such a cast and director I would expect a script to support them but it was just a let down. Only thought was 'do you love your wife enough to take her place?' only give it one star because I can't give it none.
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on 17 April 2016
Trying to be clever. Fails. What a waste of good talent. Watched to the end to see if it could possibly be worth the time to watch, it wasn't. The fact there are three+ meanings in the USA and elsewhere for what a Counselor is and this doesn't let you know which one he is until about half way through doesn't bode well, that it doesn't seem to matter or is never explained why he came to be doing what he's doing or why anyone else bothered be involved in any of the ways they are is also never explained. Pointless!
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on 27 January 2016
With such a great cast, I was expecting it to be a great film, and it was! Love it.
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on 14 June 2016
Challenging, exceedingly dark, clever - and quite unlike anything mainstream
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on 7 April 2017
Well acted film but dialogue is hard to follow in places - a bit of mumbling. Quite gruesome in places but a good storyline
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on 14 May 2017
When the film starts you think it's the life story of a clever,cool guy.There are twists and turns and finally the sickening finale!
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on 9 December 2015
I like Cormac Mcarthy. I liked No Country for Old Men as a film and a book. I like many of his other novels. I like many of Ridley Scott's films too, but this is no Gladiator or Master and Commander, excellent though they are. This is an intelligent film about the carnage of the drugs trade and the consequences of immorality. It is, in my opinion at least, well worth paying attention. For me, five stars.
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on 27 March 2017
good story
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