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The Counselor: Movie Review


Watching "The Counselor" you feel that it has a lot to say with its unrelenting bleakness and despair. And it does, it tackles deep, dark undertones. Unfortunately, it's narrative is a complete utter mess and the script more so. Whatever message the film wanted to project is lost and what we get is a film that not only is boring and seemingly soulless at times but one that never goes anywhere but downhill from the get-go.

The Counselor (Michael Fassbender) is a lawyer who decides to get involved with a drug trafficking syndicate. He decides to partner with Reiner (Javier Bardem) an entrepreneur and drug kingpin. Another person, Westray (Brad Pitt), serves as their middleman with the Cartel. Unfortunately for the Counselor, the supposedly quick cash scheme goes awry when someone kills their delivery man. The Cartel thinks that the Counselor was behind the failed heist. Soon, the Counselor will have to escape the fatal consequences of his euphoric decision.

We feel that "The Counselor" is a very deep movie. A movie that tackles numerous issues of like morality, greed and society in particular. But, and here's a big but, the film never finds traction to express what it wants to say. Until now, we are at a loss what this whole movie wanted to push for and amidst all the extremely long dialogues, we couldn't decipher its meaning. It just feels like a mess, tangled scene upon tangled scene, and worse, one that doesn't coalesce to anything but literally nothing. The superb acting and talent from its cast is completely wasted and letdown by a lost screenplay. Overall, we hardly recommend "The Counselor". A rare some may find it meaningful but most would be scratching their heads and keep on wondering what's happening on-screen.

Rating: 2 reels

Why you should watch it:
- the film has great acting

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- pointless screenplay
- the film feels lost on its on narrative

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