Sin Is A Choice.
A lawyer finds himself in far over his head when he attempts to get involved in drug trafficking.
A lawyer finds himself in far over his head when he attempts to get involved in drug trafficking.
Michael Fassbender Cameron Diaz Javier Bardem Penélope Cruz Brad Pitt Goran Visnjic Dean Norris Emma Rigby Rosie Perez Bruno Ganz Toby Kebbell Barbara Durkin Donna Air Giannina Facio Richard Brake Sam Spruell Andrea Deck Alex Hafner Richard Cabral Dar Dash Paris Jefferson Christopher Obi Velibor Topic Gerard Monaco Fernando Cayo Carlos Julio Molina Natalie Dormer Rubén Blades Julien Vialon Show All…
The Counselor - UR, Le conseiller, 法律顾问, 玩命法则, 黑权大状, El abogado del crimen, El Consejero, Cartel, The Counsellor, 카운슬러
Recipe for a movie that'll piss people off: Jacobean + Euclidean + Hegelian. Can't really fault anyone for hating this (Andrew O'Hehir just tweeted "The Counselor isn't merely terrible. It may be the worst movie ever made"), but its pitiless anti-narrative played for me like a pure, uncut version of No Country, one without the hand-wringing old men. Was only bothered by the philosophizing at first, when I (naturally) assumed it would be occasional and intrusive; once it completely took over the movie, with the entire supporting cast turning unapologetically logorrheic, rolling with it wasn't hard.
"But what's the point?!" Just a portrait of hubris, really. This'll sound kinda bizarre, but The Counselor is essentially the same story as…
The Fass as a lawyer who fucks with the wrong mother fuckers in Ridley Scott's cluster-fuck. Pillow-talk. A finger-fuck. Fuckin' illegals. Expensive-as-fuck diamonds. A pool party. Taking a piss in the desert. The key to rapid-weight-loss is to eat dog food. A cool dog. Cool-as-fuck cheetahs. Holy fuckin' 1992; it's Rosie Perez. 206 MPH is fuckin' fast! Peterson speaks Portuguese. Polo, the sport not the clothing line. Carlos the priest. I'm going to fuck your car! Too gynecological to be sexy. Cum-cleaning socks. Extreme-decapitation. Brad's hat. The fuckin' Cartel. Javier's blank-eyes. Uncle fuckin' Hank! Grief is worthless. Ruben fuckin' Blades takes a nap. A rally for the missing. You can depend on Americans. Brad's ironic fate. Hola! You can sell diamonds on Mars. What a cast. What a fuckin' mess. The Razzie for the worst performance by an actress this decade goes to Cameron-I-fuck-cars-Diaz.
A lot has been made about who is to blame for The Counselor’s numerous failings. Is it Ridley Scott’s fault for not understanding the tone of Cormac McCarthy’s script or is it that the script that was delivered was always beyond saving? In truth the answer doesn’t matter as they are both responsible for this fatalistic bore-fest of a film as a slick lawyer finds himself in trouble when he enters the murky world of drug trafficking.
I suppose The Counselor should be a disappointment given the quality of its writer and star-studded cast but given Scott’s rather woeful track record in recent years the leaden results are hardly surprising. Despite being responsible for two of my all time favourite…
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That isn't regulation screen wash, Cameron.
Under normal circumstances, any person that happens to have made Alien and Blade Runner in their career in film direction has very little excuse for making a film like The Counselor. But Ridley Scott has now made so few films in the last 25 years that have even managed to slightly interest me that he actually has plenty of excuse. He's just not very good at all any more.
The Counselor is a terrible film. An amateurish, lazy, completely unfocused, mind-numbingly boring and monstrously stupid film that had me shifting uncomfortably from its opening scene. At least you can say that it started as it meant to go…
A glorified mess of artificiality, The Counselor is a cerebral Tarantino-esque morality tale. No quickfire snazzy dialogue, but rapid philosophical treaties about fate, destiny and everything in between.
The Counselor juxtaposes medium and intent astoundingly well by creating what is obviously a straightforward crime yarn and ripping from it everything that would encompass that genre, infusing it with distancing artificiality spiraling towards grim reality, all the while highlighting the inevitability of life and ending with pitch black clarity as to what it is about. You don't fuck fate, fate fucks you.
With in your face foreshadowing, dead pan satirization of the banality of life (death, love, sex, take your pick) and disjointing yet rich and deep language, it is not…
Cameron Diaz squeegees a windshield with her labia in this.
"If you pursue this road, that you have embarked upon, you will eventually come to moral decisions that will take you completely by surprise."
Cormac McCarthy is all about ideas. All of his works revolve around a central thought. In The Road it was the goodness of man in a world depraved of it; in Blood Meridian is was man's lust for satisfaction through violence and the lengths they go to achieve it; and in No Country For Old Men it was the inevitable change in society, and how it is taking a turn for the worse. The Counselor is no different.
The Counselor's primary idea is that of a destroyed society and way of life; as well as the…
"we will not be diminished by the brevity of our lives."
"when you cease to exist, the world that you have created will also cease to exist."
i've never truly bought into mccarthy's mercilessly cruel & fatalistic worldview, but something about the aggressively masculine, contradictory & primal existentialism he wanders here, as unsubtle as it is, is deeply fascinating to me. and accompanied by some of ridley scott's most vivid, richly detailed mise-en-scène & an almost restrained hyperbole (something his brother tony played with exceedingly well), i could probably watch this movie on repeat. each viewing i find myself latching onto something new & this time i found myself captivated by all the sequences of process... the casual, mundane ways areas are covered with…
Like many others, I've spent the last years pretty much loathing Ridley Scott - shoddy handheld images with relentless CGI all delivered in a monotonous color schemes. So here's something different: straightforward shots, exacting compositions, layers of depth, very specific backgrounds and uses of mise-en-scene, and camera dollies all on direct straight lines. I’ve never been more excited to see a filmmaker abandon his “style.” In The Counselor, there are no blending of spaces; each place has its very own distinct visual look (the yellow hued Juarez, the pure white home of Counselor, Bardem’s garish purple wall and excessive TV screens),and each character his own individual identity (see Fassbender's clean cut black shirt and khakis against Bardem's outlandish hair and…
An all-star cast totally wasted. The actors weren't bad, but they were given next to nothing to work with. To me everyone was on the same level. The movie is just so boring no one was able to shine. No one was really better than anyone else and no one was worse than anyone else. The script is nothing short of terrible. A lot of people have been complaining about the dialogue, I didn't have a problem with it.
This movie screamed potential during some scenes. But all in all The Counselor falls flat on its' face. Seriously basically nothing happens the entire movie. This guy is talking to this guy. Next scene. This guy talks to this girl. Next…
Ridley Scott's The Counselor is a devilishly twisted and desolate morality play, supported with a screenplay of immaculate nihilism and dangerously sexy performances.
The direction is vibrant yet depressing, the deaths are both comic and disturbing, and the themes on display are playfully out of reach.
Michael Fassbender gives a sympathetic and layered perfomance, portraying an individual that doesn't understand his situation. His acting is incredible, and when he finally understands his situation, it's a moment that couldn't be more powerful.
Basically, this is Cormac Mccarthy at his most untamed. You thought No Country for Old Men was rough? At least hope is at the end of the tunnel in that film....
Yeah, stay away if you prefer happy movies.
And yet, Ridley Scott fills the film's canvas with a multitude of poetic imagery, most of which foreshadow and portray the utter hopelessness that surrounds these characters.
In short, it's underrated as hell.
"You think you can live in the world and not otherwise be a part of it?" or "Grief is worthless."
more than a little trite with its "mercy is for the weak" tack but also constantly hilarious. the push-pull between Ridley's glam and McCarthy's austerity frequently achieves the kind of manic, ostentatious, occasionally hallucinatory grace Scorsese went looking for (and didn't really find) in THE DEPARTED. and holy hell, such glorious video. very much what you'd have had if Tony Scott had had his brother's aspirations to good taste, so much so that i think this was, in one way or another, certainly made in tribute.
De lo peor que he visto en mi vida
Cormac McCarthy. I love the few novels of his I've read, but what's interesting to me is I feel like when a work of his is adapted it's "a thing", like a notable part of the film is that he originally wrote it and not necessarily in a good way either. Makes sense because his novels are filled with slabs of old testament-like speeches that would never be spoken by anyone in this universe. Works great on a page, in a visual medium, it gets dicey. And it's one thing for dialogue masters to adapt it, (the Coen brothers), it's another thing entirely for Ridley Scott to do it. And with this film it shows. Javier Bardem, who was probably…
"It was too....gynecological to be sexy. Almost."
"The Counselor" might be the sleaziest movie that Ridley Scott has ever made. His brother, the awesome Tony Scott, committed suicide by throwing himself off a bridge in 2012 and this came out in 2013. I wonder if this was something that Tony was developing and then, when he passed away, Ridley took over and brought it to fruition. It wouldn't surprise me. "The Counselor" feels more like something that the guy who made "Revenge" (in particular) would have made. Tony didn't shy away from sleaze and violence, and that's why I always loved him. Also, he mostly made dramas that hit like action movies ("Crimson Tide" is a prime example, there's not…
The parts don't add up to the whole, although there are incredible sequences peppered throughout. It feels like the failure of the film rests in the fact that Cameron Diaz seems unfortunately miscast. Milikena is a role Charlize Theron could play in her sleep, and pull off more convincingly, so that when you get that final scene in the restaurant, it feels more like a punch in the gut, than someone reciting epic dialogue.
The world in which you seek to undo the mistakes that you made is different from the world where the mistakes were made. You are now at the crossing. And you want to choose, but there is no choosing there. There's only accepting...You are the world you have created. And when you cease to exist, this world that you have created will also cease to exist. But for those with the understanding that they're living the last days of the world, death acquires a different meaning. The extinction of all reality is a concept no resignation can encompass
Straight masterpiece. An existential bulldozer. Every line is so dense and populated. I love this miserable ass movie..
Watched the unrated extended cut and prefer it for those extended monologues.
..I saw this in theaters when hash pens were a big thing and holy lord was I sent into a tailspin.
I really wanted to like it. Should be a requirement for any novice screenwriter as it’s an example of what works well on paper vs. the screen. Everything just felt so hollow. But Javier Bardem is fun, as always.
整部電影最難忘的是Brad Pitt的「結局」，以及Cameron Diaz的「性感」演繹！
Revisiting this movie since I last watched it when it came out, I watched it in 2013 on a flight from Amsterdam to Dubai, and for some reason I actually thought it was good.
The movie has a huge cast with Michael Fassbender Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Javier and Penelope Cruz. Directed by the great Ridley Scott.
You would expect with such a power house cast an acting implosion, however what Mr Scott delivers is a very keen version of character development, resulting in a failure to activate the greatness of such talent.
What starts off as an accelerating premise turns into a bit of a philosophical lecture on causal determination. The movie has elements of action in…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Blindingly Flawed. By and large this movie just didn’t fundamentally work, but it’s still interesting to try and examine what went wrong here. On paper, a cursory look at the talent behind it suggests the possibility of something not just good or great, but perhaps even sublime. The script was written by Cormac McCarthy (author of “No Country for Old Men,” “The Road”). It has a fantastic cast, and it was helmed by Ridley Scott, who even in his current form (where he seems less ambitious, and more like a dependable workman), can still dazzle us from time to time with his cinematically-attuned visual imagination. With those driving forces behind this, it’s a wonder that this felt so decidedly uncinematic.…
I think about this movie sometimes when I'm in the bath and it makes me feel sick like remembering when I told Emily Sando-Brown that she didn't have to wear so much make-up and she didn't think it was a compliment and I felt really embarrassed. I shouldn't have said anything and I should have seen this movie and I blame both on my learning disabilities. I don't know what accent Cameron Diaz is doing in this movie, but it reminds me of you, Emily. I hope you're happy.
There’s parts of this what I think work well, and that may in fact be good, but there’s parts of this are just not good at all. If you trimmed the fat the a little with this one it might be a good film. But it feels a little uneven and messy.
Also, it just kind of looks bad? It seems to be a touch too bright?
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