Film of the day: The Counsellor

The Counsellor

Hugely underappreciated and misunderstood, The Counsellor is a bleak tale of consequence about a lawyer who knowingly enters into illegal dealings with underworld drug cartels before trying to back out and finding too much has been said and done to ever allow him to do so.

Admittedly Ridley Scott as director to the Cormac McCarthy-penned screenplay does little to convey the writer’s trademark cynicism and fascination with the brutality of life for people on the periphery of society,  but Michael Fassbender brings to his role as the titular counsellor the necessary human flaws of greed and unworldliness around which the plot hangs.

As one of his associates philosophically states: “There is no choosing; there is only accepting. The choosing was done a long time ago.”

The choosing was indeed done a long time ago and sets in motion an inescapable series of dire consequence which you as the viewer must see through to the end.

A stellar cast flits in and out of this superior crime drama with the likes of Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt and Penelope Cruz contributing well, while Cameron Diaz plays the Optimus Prime of bitches – a bullying, femme fatale around whom the odds of long-term health diminish markedly.

The Counsellor Tuesday 11.20pm on FilmFour.

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