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The Counselor

Last night I thought that I could not go wrong by watching The Counselor which was written Cormac McCarthy, directed by Ridley Scott, and stars  Michael FassbenderPenélope CruzCameron Diaz, Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem, but what I saw was a rather average movie which barely held my interest. It is not a bad movie. The Counselor is just not a good movie.

The film’s plot is relatively simple. An unnamed counselor (Fassbender) gets willingly mixed up in a big drug deal with one of his clients, Reiner (Bardem) and his business partner (Pitt). The deal falls apart in spectacular and brutal fashion, thanks to a terribly strange coincidence that makes the trio look like self-serving thiefs to their Mexican cartel associates. Despite or perhaps because of its basic premise, McCarthy tries to make everything appear far more convoluted than it actually is in reality. Thus, it makes something simple seem complicated. This is what makes this an average movie.

I do not recommend that you see The Counselor. It is not worth the time or money to see it.


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