Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy (author of No Country for Old Men) have teamed up with a cast of stars to bring you a film that is sure to head to everyone’s best of the year list, The Counselor. The Counselor trailer packs in an awful lot of information, almost making you wonder how there is enough about the film you don’t know.
Michael Fassbender is at the center of some criminal activity gone wrong, and when a lot of money doesn’t end up where it should, he has the wrong sort of people very interested in him. Fassbender has been earning a lot of praise over the last few years, not just for his performances, but the demanding (and bizarre) roles he’s taken on.
If we can trust in McCarthy’s material, he’s going to have another impressive effort here, assuming he pulls it off, and this time he’s got some interesting names around him. Brad Pitt is the big draw here, and he’s been turning out interesting stuff lately as well, but Javier Bardem is going to be the one to watch. Not only is Bardem a great actor, but it looks like he has the role that is going to tie things together, so we need someone we can count on. Throw in Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz, and this is a cast that could make most anything entertaining.
The real question is how well we can turn a story about a lawyer who is apparently bending the law and winds up on wrong side of his own decisions, and make that something people invest in. The trailer looks like we’re on the right road, especially because we’re playing up the secrets and web of mystery, but this is the sort of story that could fall victim to its own grand schemes.
Make sure you have this one on your calendar, because just on the names alone, this is the one everyone will be talking about.