Ridley Scott does a fine job with”Prometheus” and decides to follow it up with what? This horrible mess. Yikes! Michael Fassbender (“Shame”, “Hunger”) plays the title role, a successful lawyer who finds himself in hot water when he makes a deal with Javier Bardem (clueless) that involves drugs and plenty of money. Usually it isn’t a requirement that you like a movie’s central characters, but it helps develop rooting interest. That’s one reason “The Counselor” is so bad: it’s difficult to care about anything or anyone. Most of the characters are low-lifes, and spending more than two hours in their company is not my idea of a good time. If director Scott and his writer Cormac McCarthy had told the story more compactly, or not encouraged some of his actors (especially Cameron Diaz who gives a terrible performance) to play their roles so broadly, the results might be different. As it stands, I got bored about 30 minutes through, and as the story became more confusing and the acting more laughable, I grew actively annoyed. Scott usually hits the jackpot every time he directs a movie. He does hit the jackpot this time around, but only in terms of his paycheck. The audience, on the other hand, gets a tension-free, lousy ripoff that leaves them extremely pissed off. I know I was. “The Counselor” is easily one of the most disappointing movies of the year. And that’s coming from a huge Ridley Scott fan.