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The Counselor (2013) Movie Review

October 27, 2013

In an early scene in the film, we watch as a cheetah chases down a jackrabbit in the desert. This serves as a foretaste of what is to come. To me the cheetah represents the character played by Cameron Diaz. She is so graceful and yet so powerful at the same time. Cormac McCarthy wrote a number of dark novels. Film buffs are likely familiar with the 2007 film “No Country For Old Men” . It blew viewers away when it came out with its uncompromising look at the dark side of humanity. “The Counselor” is similarly dark and yet more poetic in its cinematography, writing, and pacing.

Besides Cameron Diaz, the film has a number of well known actors and actresses who might independently draw viewers. Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Michael Fassbender, and Penelope Cruz are joined by Natalie Dormer to round things off. Each delivers a performance worthy of praise. Add to that the amazing cinematography, pacing, and writing and the film is nearly a masterpiece.

Daniel Pemberton wrote a solid atmospheric score that is used sparingly and fits the film perfectly. The music enhances the tension and always matches the mood. I should note that there are a few violent deaths and sex scenes that might shock the sensitive though the violence is largely restrained and tasteful compared to the excessive gore we see far too often. If you enjoyed other films based on books by Carmack McCarthy, you won’t want to miss “The Counselor” in theaters. It has a certain tension that you can feel from the start and never lets go.


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