The film stars Michael Fassbender as an arrogant, well dressed lawyer known simply as Counselor, nobody in this movie has a last name. He lives a wealthy lifestyle and has an attractive latin girlfriend (Penélope Cruz), but is compelled by greed to partake in a one-time drug deal that involves smuggling cocaine from Juarez, Mexico through the Texas border. His partner in the undertaking is the flamboyantly dressed and well coiffed club-owner named Reiner (Javier Bardem). Reiner’s girlfriend Malkina (Cameron Diaz) is a dangerous trophy girlfriend who studies the hunting prowess of cheetahs and takes notes. All of the performances in the movie are fantastic, but best used of any is Brad Pitt as a quick-thinking middle man for the transaction with an escape plan and a weakness for women.
There will most likely be a lot of unfavorable comparisons between No County for Old Men and this picture, for obvious reason. While both stories originated for the same author Country had the quirky tweak of the Coen Brothers filter, and The Counselor plays like unadulterated McCarthy, straight from the page, for better or worse. Recognizable themes of greed, death, the primal instincts of humans and their consequences are prevalent in every scene.
The Counselor feels as if Ridley Scott was guided by the influence of his late brother Tony and macho genre specialist Sam Peckinpah, who’s Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia and this share more than a few similarities. There is something glamorous about watching gorgeous people doing ugly and evil things to one another, this itself has been a prevalent theme in much of the younger Scott’s work, most notably in 1990’s Revenge. Production was shut down on the project while Ridley dealt with the death of his sibling, and the film is dedicated to Tony in memorandum. I have a feeling this is the kinda of movie Tony would have loved.
Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem