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The Counselor (2013)

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A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.



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A rich and successful lawyer, the Counselor, is about to get married to his fiancée but soon becomes entangled in a complex drug plot with a middle-man known as Westray. The plan ends up taking a horrible twist and he must protect himself and his soon to be bride as the truth of the drug business is uncovered and targets are eliminated. Written by DJDC

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sin Is A Choice.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic violence, some grisly images, strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 October 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El abogado del crimen  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,842,930 (USA) (25 October 2013)


$16,969,390 (USA) (10 January 2014)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Benedict Wong shot scenes for this film as Malkina's Hong Kong partner, but was cut from the finished film. Footage of his time on set can be seen on the Blu-ray's Special Features. See more »


(at around 50 mins) When Malkina is driving the yellow Ferrari California on the golf course, the cables used for the internal cabin lights are clearly visible going through Reiner's passenger door. See more »


[first lines]
Laura: Are you awake?
Counselor: No. What time is it?
Laura: Two o'clock. Almost two o'clock.
Counselor: AM or PM?
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28 October 2013 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

Was so very reluctant to go see this due to the amount of extremely negative reviews, glad I didn't listen.

Like all of you I was drawn to the writer, director & cast combination which told me this film had a chance at greatness, well I'm not so sure about greatness but this is a very good movie, one which both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed.

The plot is secondary, only the story outline is necessary ("honest citizen" buys into a onetime drug deal which goes bad and there are serious consequences) to act as a framework around the events that unfold. We do not need details of who, what , where or when regarding the drug deal, we only need to see the greed and the evil it leads to, play out.

Yes the dialogue is metaphorical, gloriously so, and the actors deliver this as it was intended to be delivered by the writer and the director. This dialogue is superb in setting the ominous tone for the film, we do not need to know who is picking up what and delivering to whom, we only need to know that it didn't happen and somebody has to pay, pay a price beyond imagining! While there are moments of amusement, it is a deadly serious morality tale that does not play out to our long established preconceptions. Decisions today can make for impossible decisions and terrifying consequences tomorrow.

Do not judge, rate or review this film within the traditional confines of typical Hollywood movies, as it barely applies, maybe it does to the star power but not to the content nor the execution.

I really cannot wait to see this movie again, I give this an 8/10.

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