Review: The Counselor

Legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott and Pulitzer Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy have joined forces in the motion picture thriller THE COUNSELOR, starring Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt.

McCarthy, making his screenwriting debut and Scott interweave the author's characteristic wit and dark humor with a nightmarish scenario, in which a respected lawyer's one-time dalliance with an illegal business deal spirals out of control. The plot deals with themes of greed, death, and the primal instincts of humans and their consequences. The film also uses strong imagery exhibiting a good versus evil and hunter versus prey.

Michael Fassbender is the nameless straight who makes a once-only decision to get into bed with a Mexican drug-trafficking cartel and spends the rest of the movie regretting it. He's not the only one. While the script piddles endlessly around the cod-philosophical implications of living with bad choices

The first half of the movie was exciting. A stellar cast with an award winning story, you think that this will be a good chase-the-bad-guy type of movie. But it's not. As the movie progress, the story intensifies and heightens up until the scene when the stellar cast started being killed. Then the movie ends with Fassbender crying and Cameron Diaz declaring her win. That's it. You'll be left stunned and shocked with the turn out of events. It fell short on the suspense or thrills that will make you rethink if there's more or if there's something you missed.

I've never read any of McCarthy's novel so I wouldn't comment about the script. He was known to have a dark twisted humor and almost all of his books were good and award-winning. But this movie did not live up to it's hype, coming from a normal movie-goer.

The movie would be best suitable for people who appreciate McCarthy's novel. They could compare notes on how he fared on his attempt to do screenplay or whether he would just stick to writing.

Other than that, The movie was cold, pessimistic and unforgiving. It fell short on thrill and suspense and seemed far too difficult to follow. Watch it at your own risk. Maybe watch it with your critic friends for a good discussion on how or should the movie have been good.

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