Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: The Counselor

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

The Counselor – Opening October 25, 2013

A teaser trailer can be a great thing, since the less it gives away, the more enticing it becomes. That’s definitely the case here with this preview, which selects a few choice moments from this intriguing thriller and doesn’t bother piecing together how they connect, instead firing off an impressive list of players, both behind the camera and in front of it. The two previous cinematic adaptations of Cormac McCarthy novels, “No Country for Old Men” and “The Road,” were dark, violent, involving looks at society gone wrong. Director Ridley Scott’s most recent film, “Prometheus,” was a thoroughly exciting and invigorating reboot of a dormant franchise, and he’s made a handful of truly excellent films over the course of his career. In front of the camera, there’s a great mix of established actors known equally for their acting abilities and for their sex appeal – Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and Javier Bardem – and one more recent up-and-comer who definitely fits that bill: Michael Fassbender. I think Fassbender is making excellent career choices with the films he picks, and this looks like just the latest terrific role. Pitt and Bardem need little guidance, but it appears that Cruz and Diaz may have found the strongest roles they’ve had in recent years. In the supporting cast, some other notable names can be found, like Natalie Dormer, John Leguizamo, Dean Norris, Rosie Perez, and Goran Visjnic. IMDB’s one-line plot description references lawyers and drug trafficking, and that’s enough to make an already appealing trailer seem like one of the most worthwhile films of the fall.

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