The first press release for The Counselor described the film as “No Country For Old Men on steroids.”
Normally, press releases should be read with a certain degree of skepticism, but in this case, the publicists seem to have hit the nail on the head. Based on the new trailer, “No Country For Old Men on steroids” seems like a perfectly accurate description.
It also looks a bit like Breaking Bad on Botox (although you probably won’t read that description in the film’s publicity material). That’s because the setting and plot—a lawyer in New Mexico enters the drug trade and quickly gets in over his head—are pretty similar to that of AMC’s smash hit, except the cast seems to only consist of extremely attractive movie stars (Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem).
Still, it’s important to note that The Counselor was written by Cormac McCarthy, who has won the Pulitzer prize and is responsible for writing a novel that’s commonly regarded to be one of the best of the last century (Blood Meridian), while Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has won zero Pulitzers and written zero novels. So it’s entirely possible that 10 years from now, Breaking Bad will be remembered as a poor man’s The Counselor rather than the other way around.