The Counselor

Genre:  Thriller
Running Time:  117 min.
Release Date: October 25, 2013
DVD: February 11, 2014

Current rating: Rating: 2.62
based on 162 votes and 63 reviews
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Cast: Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Edgar Ramirez, Natalie Dormer

Synopsis

A respected lawyer (Michael Fassbender) finds himself in way over his head when he agrees to a one-time dalliance into the dark world of drug trafficking in order to get his hands on quick cash so he can marry his girlfriend, Laura (Penélope Cruz).

His choices get him involved with people such as a drug lord named Reiner (Javier Bardem); a womanizing middleman named Westray (Brad Pitt) and a bisexual sociopath named Malkina (Cameron Diaz). The lawyer's decision to get involved with these people puts both Laura and himself in danger.

Director: Ridley Scott
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Producer(s): Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz, Ridley Scott
Screenplay: Cormac McCarthy
Official Site: thecounselormovie.com

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  • 5 stars "A story of greed and betrayal which requires an attentive eye and educated ear. It is visual, intelligent, and though-provoking with visual symbolism and humour that seems to sandwich the most vile of violent scenes. The cast is solid with Diaz playing the most off the wall character and Cruz in the background as the naive fall guy. We reap what we sow."
  • 5 stars "A story of greed and betrayal which requires an attentive eye and educated ear. It is visual, intelligent, and though-provoking with visual symbolism and humour that seems to sandwhich the most vile of violent scenes. The cast is solid with Diaz playing the most off the wall character and Cruz in the background as the naive fall guy. We reap what we sow."
  • 1 star "Horrible. Garbage. Awful. Grossly bad. Waste of time and money."