Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Counselor: Court Closed.

As you know, the Movie Slut has a myriad of reasons for going to the multiplex. (Popcorn notwithstanding.)

For her, even the worst movies have something worth seeing. And so it is with this ridiculous disaster of a film.

See it for the mystery, she says. No it's not not a whodunit flick. The mystery is how a movie with such a sterling cast —Michael Fassbinder, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt — such an accomplished screenwriter — Cormac McCarthy — and such a successful director — Ridley Scott — could be so hideously horrendous.

The Counselor tells a flimsy story about a lawyer who succumbs to greed and loses his way. But that's just an excuse to string together scenes designed to shock, scare, disgust or just plain gross you out. It's a cynical approach to movie making, which seems to be failing. Don't worry about finding a seat for this dud.

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