Dull decadence derby, doomed by decorous debauchery and doltish death-dealing, about an increasingly nervous El Paso criminal lawyer (stoic, stolid Michael Fassbender) and his dangerous drug-smuggling clientele. The bad guys are either dirt-poor or fabulously rich, and uniformly treacherous. Winners of the acting trophies: Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt as lazy and cagey gangsters, respectively, with Cameron Diaz taking the booby prize as Malkina the hot-pants femme fatale. Cormac McCarthy’s dialogue (from his very first original screenplay) is unintentionally silly, but director Ridley Scott just gets on and rides it down the line. Still, the walk-ons are pretty good: Bruno Ganz as a diamond merchant, Rosie Perez as a convict mom, Rubén Blades as a fixer attorney, and Sylvia and Raul Cheetah as themselves (117 min.).
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