The Counselor, with Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem & Brad Pitt. Director, Ridley Scott. This was Fassbender’s chance to shine. His cold & elegant demeanor was able to pull this off, after a fashion.
Fassbender’s portrayal of a lawyer, for a crime boss, who decides to use his position to delve into a drug smuggling venture; is mildy convincing with the addition of a few tears & expressed anguish. Perhaps miscast, the actor does make the film his own, under Scott’s direction. I’m thinking it could have been a great movie. Instead of just passable.
Cruz’ character is the unwitting ride-along. Her quiet presence is refreshing in a film that needs to be paid attention to, in order to keep track of the machinations. I like her. An understated talent that remains, currently successful.
It’s not a spoiler to say, the film focus is on the absolute ruthlessness of this dangerous underworld. It also waxes poetic on occasion about the reasons for this, cultural & political. If indeed, you do pay attention. Though it will go without saying that business is business in a process of smuggling, that is long established, the imagery supporting this is interesting. Along with two bit philosophical meanderings of some of the characters.
Though this wasn’t exactly a success at the box office, it did make a fair amount of profit. The actors & directors bringing in audiences. However; there was no public acclaim of this muted blockbuster.
I recommend it. Each of the actors is a world unto themselves & worth the watch.
Pay attention to the cheetahs.