One should definitely caution building too high expectations for The Counselor, Cormac McCarthy’s first original screenplay and much buzzed about because of that. That isn’t to say it doesn’t look to be a delicious slice of hard-edged genre entertainment, because the trailer certainly puts it chiefly in that camp instead of more prestige Oscar territory. In other words, this doesn’t look reserved enough to have the same success No Country for Old Men had, though it is too early to tell at this point.
For one thing, The Counselor is opting out of the festival route (as far as we can see), instead opening fresh on October 25th. That frame might be prime territory for Ridley Scott’s film to reap the benefits from. Following a lawyer who gets into the criminal trade for a little extra cash, there’s a definite Breaking Bad quality wafting off this film’s dryly sunstroke imagery and McCarthy’s in-over-your-head plot. “You will come to moral decisions that will take you completely by surprise,” Javier Bardem warns Michael Fassbender’s lawyer.
As aforementioned, this will likely end up with Drive in it than The Departed, not that a Cormac McCarthy written film should be anything but itself. Though one might have expected Javier Bardem or Brad Pitt to be the most threatening presence, Cameron Diaz looks to be the fem Gustavo Fring of these proceedings. If my tone sounds trepidatious, it’s because this trailer again doesn’t let out many plot specifics. Isn’t that refreshing in a culture obsessed with being spoonfed every narrative detail under the table? Check out the trailer below.