Legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott and Pulitzer Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) have joined forces in the motion picture thriller THE COUNSELOR, starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt. McCarthy, making his screenwriting debut and Scott interweave the author’s characteristic wit and dark humor with a nightmarish scenario, in which a respected lawyer’s one-time dalliance with an illegal business deal spirals out of control.
This is a movie with big name stars but even so it manages to be plodding and dull and it unfortunately doesn’t come close to being family friendly. It involves a man known as the Counselor (Michael Fassbender), a lawyer, who definitely has two sides to him. He is sensitive and caring toward his fiancé (Penelope Cruz) but becomes involved with shady characters (one played by Brad Pitt) and a drug deal, apparently to support his lavish lifestyle. The movie is over the top with strong language and in one violent scene a wire is drawn in a deserted area to nail a motorcycle rider and he winds up losing his head with some spurting blood when the moment occurs. One character (played by Cameron Diaz) is obsessed with sex and even attempts to have sex with a car! One couple left the theater early at the screening I attended and I am not sure if it is because they were bored or hated the content or both.
At any rate, we are unable to award this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.