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2010 - 2015, Drama - Gangland

The Counsellor

Released 2013 Rating 18 in UK
Director Ridley Scott Writer/s Cormac McCarthy
Starring Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt
Source of story An original screenplay
Elevator Pitch In hostile border country a lawyer becomes involved in the financing of a drug smuggling operation, which is using a septic tank wagon to move the contraband from Mexico to Chicago. But the wagon is hijacked and those involved begin to be eliminated. And it seems that he and his girlfriend may be on the list.
Content An awful lot of philosophical discussion, mainly by the criminals involved. Some implied but not explicit sex – except for the scene with the Ferarri (Don’t ask!). Some violence mainly with handguns, but also an automatic strangling device – we knew it was coming.
A View Mostly I could see what was happening, but only had a vague idea of why. And I don’t think it is ever made quite clear. Towards the end a cartel boss gives the councellor a philosophical speech which might mean something if we had not been blugeoned by about twenty other before. No-one liked this and I didn’t either even though I am a Ridley Scott fan.

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