With a star-studded cast that includes the likes of Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt, Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" is one of the most anticipated films of the year. Throw in the authorship of Cormac McCarthy and there should be no doubt that this film is slated to be one of the best that 2013 has to offer, right? While the individual talent cannot be denied, the pieces never quite come together in one of the most disappointing films in years.
Fassbender plays the title character, a legal advisor who is looking to get into the drug business to overcome what he briefly refers to as "money issues." He is madly in love with Laura (Cruz) and is close friends with a drug kingpin Reiner (Bardem) and is constantly warned of the dangers coming his way if the deal fails. The story also introduces Malkina (Diaz), Reiner's crazy girlfriend, and Westray (Pitt), the Counselor's murky associate. When the deal goes wrong, the Counselor is forced to try and find a way to save his life and that of his beloved Laura. Continue Reading