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Film review

‘Counselor’ is awful despite strong cast, creative team

Javier Bardem stars as Reiner, and Cameron Diaz plays Malkina in the thriller “The Counselor.”
Javier Bardem stars as Reiner, and Cameron Diaz plays Malkina in the thriller “The Counselor.”
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Some studio execs must have thought they’d died and gone to Hollywood heaven. Heavy-hitter cast. Check. Famous director. Check. Big-name writer. Check. Box-office ka-ching. Not so fast. The minds behind the would-be thriller “The Counselor” — including writer Cormac McCarthy and director Ridley Scott — forgot one thing: a script that anyone would care about or, heck, even one that makes much sense. Rarely has so much effort and star power been expended with so ...


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