The Counselor (Unrated Extended Cut)HD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz sizzle in the UNRATED Extended Cut of this action-thriller from director Ridley Scott and writer Cormac McCarthy. A savvy lawyer (Fassbender) known for doing the right thing for the wrong people dives into a treacherous drug deal to make quick cash...but he soon learns that having it all could mean losing everything.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 200
- Fresh: 70
- Rotten: 130
- Average Rating: 4.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The Counselor is the cumbersome end product of a high-minded writer trying to slum and a slick director aiming for cosmic depth.
Rotten: Each scene serves as little more than an index card for the mechanistic plot, which Scott films in a glossy and fluid style befitting an industrial promotion for the movie's high-tech weaponry.
Rotten: It's not so much a bad film as it is a disappointing one. A very disappointing one.
Rotten: The narrative pings around as meaninglessly and entertainingly as a pinball machine at first, but the comic timing feels off ...
A Plot Between Scenes
Some movies have "Scooby Doo moments," where one character clearly summarizes everything that has happened in the plot. This movie is the exact opposite. 90% of the plot of the movie takes place between the scenes. With a few brief exceptions, the dialogue is nothing but each character waxing philosophically and saying nothing of what they are doing in the movie.
This tactic was just fine in "The Sunset Limited," but in an action/drama/triller a clear and gaping plot vaccuum is frustrating.
An Entertaining Character Study
While The Counselor received poor critical reviews, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. It plays at the speed of a movie like No Country For Old Men, which makes sense because they were penned by the same author. Fantastic performances by all the cast help carry the film, especially since much of it is conversation. When the action occurs, though, it's execution is perfect. This is NOT a popcorn flick. It's an immersive movie, one you should really pay attention to (not because it's confusing, but to fully appreciate the nuances of the film). I would highly recommend watching it, especially if you are a fan of Cormac McCarthy and/or Ridley Scott. Seeing as this was McCarthy's first foray into screenplay writing, I think he did an excellent job. The Counselor has a pristine blend of drama, comedy, action, and romance; all of which twist together into a truly memorable movie. Enjoy!
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2014
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