All-star cast can’t save ‘The Counselor’

Complicated plot
bores, results in
wasted talent

Jonathan Garcia / Reporter

“The Counselor” is the latest thriller from director Ridley Scott, with help from Cormac McCarthy, the author of “No Country for Old Men,” with the film’s writing.

Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz all star in this thriller by Scott. The film caught everyone’s eye upon the release of the trailer because of the strong cast, and the director of the film. But it is unfortunate that the talent is wasted in this boring and awful movie.

Fassbender plays the Counselor, whose real name is never mentioned in the film. He gets caught up in a drug deal gone wrong as he bails out a person from jail who was involved in some trafficking. He must try to figure this out and see if he can fix it all. The rest of the film gets muddled in a too-complicated plot that will bore audiences.

It is a mystery about how this film was made with all these talented actors yet their talents are wasted in this film. Fassbender, who is a great actor known for giving great performances in “X-Men First Class” and “Prometheus,” tries to give his all in this performance but unfortunately it just doesn’t work out for him or the rest of the cast. You will not care about any of the characters in this film, and you will be fighting to stay awake while watching it.

“The Counselor” misses all the marks and is a film that should be skipped. Go see “Gravity” or “Captain Phillips” or just go get advance tickets for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” instead. The film is in the running for worst film of the year, along with “A Good Day to Die Hard.”

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