I begin with all of my reviews with a simple warning about the post. This post CONTAINS SPOILERS, and if you don’t want the movie ruined, then read at your own risk. I don’t apologize for my own personal opinion on the movie and we may not agree on it. Either way, this is my personal review, something I do on for a majority of the movies I see/watch. Remember, this post CONTAINS SPOILERS, and continue reading at your own risk.
The Counselor, written by Cormac McCarthy (The Road and No Country For Old Men) and directed by Ridley Scott (In Her Shoes, Black Hawk Down and The A-Team), is a movie that looks good by the trailer but isn’t when you actually sit down to watch it. I will begin this review a little bit differently compared to my other reviews by stating what my star grade is and then going from there.
The Counselor is as I stated before, a movie that looks good by the trailer but isn’t. I give this movie 2 out of 10 stars. And I only give it the 2 stars for the wonderful casting abilities given in this movie. The actors chosen is a great ensemble but the movie itself has lost any sort of direction. The storyline is empty and the movie itself is an hour too long. Let me dive into this movie and explain why the movie sucked as I go. And for those who think this movie deserves some Oscar nominations, hell no.
We begin The Counselor with the Counselor (played by Michael Fassbender, X-Men: First Class, 300) and Laura (played by Penelope Cruz, Sahara, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) at home in bed. And we jump straight into him going down on her and yes, the whole moans and everything. This is basically a turn off from the start, I mean really no one wants to see that and I certainly didn’t care of it in the opening. We move through Counselor going to visit a friend of his, Reiner (played by Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men and Eat Pray Love). Reiner is a man involved in the drug world, cocaine to be exact and he wants to know if Counselor is in on the next big deal.
Reiner has a very rich girlfriend by the name of Malkina (played by Cameron Diaz, The Sweetest Thing and Bad Teacher). Malkina herself is a smart woman and it seems that the Counselor thinks she’s dangerous but really just brushes it under the rug. He heads off to meet with Westray (played by Brad Pitt, Fight Club and World War Z). Westray is the man who sets up the shipments. He’s in charge of the operations and seems to know who is really in charge on the other side of the border. The drugs are going to be shipped in a septic truck across the border header to an unknown location. At this point, the unknown location isn’t really unknown because Westray eventually says where it’s going, Chicago.
We move through the Counselor asking Laura to marry him because he can’t live without her. This love story isn’t developed except for the fact that she’s labeled as the one for him. Good job, and lets move on.
Something goes wrong with the shipment and it ends up missing. It’s about 20 million dollars worth of drugs and the men who want their pay back on the drugs, are pissed, to the point they are taking heads. This makes everyone a target. The Counselor hears the news from Westray who is already heading out to live in the wind. The question however is, who ratted out where the shipment was headed and where the hell is it?
They all have to move quickly to avoid being killed. And to just jump right into this, Malkina is the one who took the shipment. It leaves you wondering how she knew where it was or basically anything about it. Well she’s got the entire house bugged and she’s been following Reiner when he wasn’t aware (at least it’s implied). But the real problem with this, is while people get killed because it’s the drug business, the entire story of why she took it is lost. Yes it’s a lot of money but it seems to me the girl isn’t hurting for it. Also, the exact way she knew where it was at all times is never explained and leaves you wondering at the exact point of the entire plot of the movie.
In the end, everyone is dead except Malkina. She in turn is going to head to China, at least that’s what she tells her banker at the end of the movie. In the end, the best part of the movie is the cast. Really the rest of it is for waste and some creepy unnecessary sex scenes are supposed to help make the movie? You may want to try again Ridley Scott.
I’m still trying to piece together exactly what the point of the movie was. The main thing I can see is if you get involved in the drug world, you’re going to end up dead. And again, I don’t need a movie to tell me this. I was hoping about half-way through the movie Westray and Malkina were in on the lost drugs the entire time. I would have actually given this movie a great deal more credit and like if this had happened, that they were together the whole time and basically wanted Reiner and Counselor out on their business. That however isn’t the case and it makes the movie seem to drag on and the movie is too long. Of course all of this goes back to the storyline that seems to be confused in itself.
When it call comes down to it, I recommend you don’t waste your money. Or if you do, at least ask for your money back. And if by some miracle you actually want to see it, only do it with your Netflix subscription. Don’t waste it on Redbox or your local DVD rental store. It really isn’t worth it.