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The Counsellor

  • Thriller
  • Drama
  • 2013
  • Ridley Scott
  • 112 mins
  • 18

Summary

Thriller directed by Ridley Scott and starring Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem and Michael Fassbender. A cartel lawyer finds himself on the wrong side of his dangerous clients after a drug shipment is hijacked. With gangsters blaming him for the theft, "the counsellor" is forced to go on the run to save himself and his girlfriend.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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The CounsellorMichael Fassbender
LauraPenélope Cruz
MalkinaCameron Diaz
ReinerJavier Bardem
WestrayBrad Pitt
RuthRosie Perez
Diamond dealerBruno Ganz
TonyToby Kebbell
Tony's girlfriendEmma Rigby
PriestEdgar Ramirez
BlondeNatalie Dormer
BankerGoran Visnjic
BuyerDean Norris
JefeRubén Blades
ChauffeurDonna Air
Coverall Man RandyJohn Leguizamo

Crew

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DirectorRidley Scott

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2013-11-15
Languages
English | Spanish | Dutch
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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