The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
Cormac McCarthy’s bones and Ridley Scott's style do not make The Counselor something more than an interesting curiosity. A film that seems destined more to be remembered as that move where Cameron Diaz does that thing with the car than anything else.
Ty Hackett (Columbus Short) has not had it easy over the past couple of years. After serving an intense term of duty in the Iraq war he has come home to take care of his younger brother after their loving mother and father have passed away. With the bank breathing down his neck over mortgage payments and child welfare services on his case about his juvenile brother's living arrangements and truancy at school, his job at the armored truck transport company could provide just the break he needs.
Under the wing of his long time mentor and family friend, Mike Cochrone (Matt Dillon), Hackett is enlisted into a group of familial guards in the company who have devised the "perfect plan" to steal the millions of dollars that they are scheduled to transport. Bearing the responsibility of transporting this money, the six guards intend to stash away the funds and concoct a story of being robbed in transit. Convinced that nothing could go wrong, the plan turns brutal once they discover that an unexpected voyeur has stumbled upon their heist.
Hackett's conscience draws the line between greed and murder, and he quickly separates himself from the group, including his long time friend Mike. The rest of the group, having long planned and expecting to acquire this money, show no consideration for Hackett's life in sticking to their story, willing to sacrifice him in order to split the money four ways. If Hackett can outlast the rest of the group and stay alive for the next hour, the armored truck company will surely come looking for them for failing to check in.