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Cormac McCarthy, making his screenwriting debut and director Ridley 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.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 2.24 Ounces
- Item model number : 28928515
- Director : Ridley Scott
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 58 minutes
- Release date : February 11, 2014
- Actors : Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish, English
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B00HF98SPS
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,795 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This is a deep movie with serious but accessible thematic elements: caution, heroism, love, greed, ethics, fidelity and death. There IS a plot (perfectly linear, no jumping around the timeline, flashbacks, etc.) and it isn't difficult to follow with a bit of attention and imagination.
Having said that (and having only seen this extended cut) I can imagine how a version that was even 15 minutes shorter would lead to some head scratching. Every scene feels necessary, nothing is superfluous.
One other issue that people may face is that the antagonists are never shown. We see low-level mechanics, people who are simply operating on orders from above, but the big players of the cartels are never pictured. There is one "El Jefe" in the film, the revelation of whom comes very late, and very surprising.
I think most people's difficulty with this film is that it is very deliberately paced, this unraveling of The Counselor's life. There is dialogue aplenty, very lyrical, the kind of carefully chosen words that are spoken when circumstances are deadly serious. This is not another superhero flick with lots of quick cuts and things blowing up in spectacular CG. Beautifully filmed and acted, this is serious, meditative work of cinema, a bit gruesome at times, but certainly one I will revisit in the future.
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that I hace seen thus far. The story was fractured and confused. Fassbender came out as crybaby, Cruz as the little woman and Pitt, as if he was prompted on every line he said, whilst Diaz was her usual scheming bitch. I don't know to describe Bardem's performance, other than static.
and being the working class type that I am, it stills feels distant to the life I lead,
as it has fast cars, mansions, and lots of party animals with loads of money, in high status jobs,
It's a very good under rated film, with a few plot twists, and some more darker, unpleasant stuff in it,
But I will need to watch it again, to make a proper opinion...
I own it on DVD & blu-ray ✔👍.
Would not recommend it to my friends