The Counsellor

The Counsellor

Ridley Scott (2013)

18 Certificate


Our Score
This curious thriller from Ridley Scott stars Michael Fassbender as a lawyer (the counsellor of the title, whose name we're never told) who gets his hands dirty in a drug-trafficking deal with shady underworld figures Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt. When a rival organisation hijacks a huge shipment on the US-Mexican border, both Fassbender and his glamorous fiancée Penélope Cruz find their lives in danger as unseen paymasters seek revenge for the loss of their merchandise. Further plot details are withheld as Scott focuses on an oblique morality tale of love and greed populated by outlandish characters (none more so than Bardem's predatory cheetah-owning girlfriend Cameron Diaz), which leaves viewers to fill in the blanks. Novelist Cormac McCarthy's first original screenplay is awash with philosophical speeches from every main character, which tend to frustrate and baffle rather than move the story along, while the enigmatic performances and stylistically violent set pieces gloss over a stuttering narrative that only partially delivers.


A lawyer who earns a living representing drug dealers makes a fateful decision to take an active role in their criminal activities. He quickly finds himself out of his depth in a criminal underworld he barely understands, where his actions bring deadly consequences. Ridley Scott's crime thriller, starring Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt.

Cast & Crew

The Counsellor Michael Fassbender
Laura Penélope Cruz
Malkina Cameron Diaz
Reiner Javier Bardem
Westray Brad Pitt
Ruth Rosie Perez
Diamond dealer Bruno Ganz
Tony Toby Kebbell
Tony's girlfriend Emma Rigby
Priest Edgar Ramirez
Blonde Natalie Dormer
Banker Goran Visnjic
Buyer Dean Norris
Jefe Rubén Blades
Chauffeur Donna Air
Coverall Man Randy John Leguizamo
Director Ridley Scott
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Nov 2013