Starring: Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt Directed by: Ridley Scott Running time: 117 minutes Ashow-stopping blond on an airplane was seated next to a painfully bored lawyer. To pass the time, they played a game of intelligence. The lawyer offered her 10-toone odds - every time she could not answer one of his questions she was obligated to pay him $5 but when he failed to respond correctly he paid her $50.
The lawyer commenced by asking, "What is the distance between the Earth and the nearest star?" With no hesitation the blond handed the lawyer $5. Next, she confidently asked, "What walks up a hill with three legs and comes down with four?" Miraculously, the lawyer was stumped. Frantically, he searched the Internet and made air-to-ground calls but he couldn't answer correctly. Frustrated and furious the lawyer handed the blond the $50. Still outraged, the lawyer asked, "What is the answer?" The blond, dumbfounded, handed the lawyer a $5 bill.
Like the blond, Ridley Scott's new film, The Counselor, is good looking and synthetically pleasing on the outside but the reality is that once you get past the superficial it is dumber than a brainless rock.
The counselor is an attorney for a drug kingpin named Reiner. They are both greedy and in love with the female anatomy, filling their conversation with these two topics. The counselor hasn't really indulged in Reiner's source of illegal income. Yet, when his fiancée is given a heavy and expensive diamond ring To watch a trailer for this film, scan with Layar something has to cover the cost. He succumbs to the pressure and gets involved in the trafficking of $20-million worth of drugs.
The counselor finds himself head deep in this underworld ruled by other avaricefueled and sex-crazed people like Reiner's despicable girlfriend.
Another similar character is the mediator between the drug cartel and the counsellor, who never stops warning him about the dangers of getting involved in the drugtrafficking business. Despite the story's simplicity, it still manages to become convoluted. Characters who play key roles in moving the plot forward arrive spontaneously and exit abruptly. The screenplay never divulges the details of the drug trafficking and never reveals all the players. They simply arrive and disappear without explanation.
And the main characters with whom we are familiar are uninteresting and despicable
human beings. The film never gets to the depths of their evil nature and I sure as hell didn't empathize with them. So what are we left with? Lengthy scenes where these flat and one-dimensional characters with interchangeable personalities talk about nothing of substance - they don't explain or push the plot forward but instead yap about either sex or some pretentious philosophical problem using obscure words.
It will come as a surprise to many that this film was written, directed and performed by people of considerable talent.
This is the screen writing debut of revered and Pulitzer Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy, the man who penned the celebrated novels No Country for Old Men and The Road. The film is directed by Ridley Scott, the director behind classics like Blade Runner, Alien and Gladiator.
The cast includes Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Michael Fassbender and Cameron Diaz.
Unfortunately, the combination of all their efforts has grand disappointment written all over it - the film equivalent of paying to spend two hours with a superficially hot dumb blond on a plane.
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