Cinema review: “The Counselor” has all the gear but no idea.

The Counselor
Legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott and Pulitzer Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) have joined forces in the motion picture thriller THE COUNSELOR, starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt.

Moviegoers never learn the name of the title character played by Michael Fassbender, but they learn quickly enough that he’s involved in plenty of side deals away from his attorney business. Namely, he becomes involved with a drug trafficking operation with a corrupt partner (Javier Bardem) and his manipulative girlfriend (Cameron Diaz) in the Mexican border town of Juarez The intentions might be fairly honorable, to allow his fiancee (Penelope Cruz) the chance at a life of luxury. But when an unscrupulous colleague (Brad Pitt) informs him that the operation has gone wrong and his fiancee is caught in the middle, the lawyer becomes desperate as he learns hard lessons about dishonor among thieves.

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The only thing that saves The Counselor from being a total trainwreck is its strong cast.

Ultimately, though, The Counselor is a chore of a movie to watch, and even the cast’s talent can’t save it from its brain-numbing dialogue and utter lack of suspense as a result of showing you the big twist halfway in. You will leave like me with the thought “what the hell was that actually about?”

Rating 4 /10

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