Film Review: The Counsellor

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Audiences may require counselling sessions after two hours of twisted desire and treachery in the company of Ridley Scott’s erotically charged thriller.

In the film’s most memorable scene – not necessarily for the right reasons – Cameron Diaz’s tattooed vixen removes her underwear, mounts the bonnet of her boyfriend’s convertible and energetically performs a gymnastic feat across the windscreen that would surely be better served by a sponge or chamois leather.

Undated Film Still Handout from The Counsellor.  Pictured:  l-r Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Fox UK.  WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Undated Film Still Handout from The Counsellor. Pictured: l-r Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Fox UK. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

“You see a thing like that, it changes you,” whimpers the boyfriend.

We wholeheartedly agree – we will never see Diaz the same way again.

Her all-guns-blazing portrayal is accompanied by terrific performances from Michael Fassbender and Penelope Cruz. All three are badly let down though by Cormac McCarthy’s overly complicated and wordy script.

It’s a far cry from the nuances of the Coen brothers’ Oscar-winning adaptation of McCarthy’s No Country For Old Men, which elegantly offset his penchant for graphic violence with macabre humour and rich characterisation.