Thursday, 14 November 2013

Movie Review - The Counselor

Cheetahs never prosper!
   Drug dealing is dirty business so what better way to keep your hands clean than through a counselor.  Well, this counselor got more than he bargained for when a deal goes sour.

   The Counselor is involved in a drug smuggling organization.  He isn't named but is still fingered when the shipment goes missing.  What follows is a harrowing spiral of murder and desperation as the guilty and not guilty parties are targeted one by one.

   I suppose The Counselor is cautionary tale for those dealing criminals and the like.  It is stated in the beginning of the consequences of what happens to those who mistakenly cross their paths, a gruesome warning to those to try to delve into dirty business that is in practically septic.  But greed is what drives the characters to push on with what they do.

   A problem here is that they don't actually show the avarice that the Counselor and his partners are suppose to show.  They are already comfortable with their luxury.  There's nothing that shows that they would want more.  The Counselor might have been motivated by love but it's relation to funds is not effectively shown.  The antagonist doesn't display the desire for riches as well, though the heinous actions are somewhat explained in the ending.

   There are lots of character bits but not all seemed necessary.  One scene is practically indulgent.  As the film is quite verbose, some excess might have been trimmed out to streamline the flow.  The actors did their job well though.  Michael Fassbender being particularly effective in his anxiousness.  Cameron Diaz was also exceedingly hypnotic with her devious performance.

   The violence is on the level with the dealings they do.  Some are creative and all are brutal.  What is a shame is cutting out on the other fatality, which would have been glorious to see as it was horrific.

   The Counselor would be welcomed by crime buffs but the quiet dread of just talking might be an acquired taste for some.  It's a different kind of suspense thriller but still goes by the way of the honor amongst thieves, in which there isn't any.  Cheetahs never prosper.  Or some less than others.

SPOILERS!!!  Don't read unless you've seen the movie or you might just lose your head.
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   Yeah, they showed the Green Hornet being decapitated but not Brad Pitt?  We were waiting for that!  Such a shame!  The snuff film of the Counselor's wife did not give an indication of how she was killed as well but her body was intact so it wasn't to abominable a death, I suppose.

   Why was the Counselor let go?  They knew where he was, enough to send him the video.  I suppose the cartel weren't really going to kill him as Reiner wasn't suppose to be shot in the head too.  It was an accident.

  Extra scenes that might not have been included or trimmed were the Green Hornet feeding his dog, the buying of the diamond, the whole philosophical talk on the phone, the country club visit, the WINDSHIELD demonstration!  Geez!

   Poor cheetahs!  I suppose that's what Cameron's motivations were.  She just enjoyed the hunt.  The be fair, the murders were split between her and the cartel folks.  She was just able to evade detection.  Would have been great if she got her due but it wasn't meant to be.

   Haha, Pitt should have gone to the monastery.  If he had, the woman wouldn't have seduced him for information.

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